Results for Category: Music

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Festivals: The New Egyptian Songs

The Musicians Association and its President, singer Hani Shaker, intervened and banned festival singers from participating in concerts, after the wide spread of the song “The neighbour’s daughter,” by festival singer Hassan Shakoush, which hit an astronomical 470 million views on YouTube.

Poetry and singing as tools of change in Egypt

Poetry and Singing plays a vital role in the emergence of a current Arab renaissance. For a century, they have been important in advancing change in Egypt.

Music in the Middle East & North Africa

Fanack presents the history of music in the MENA region and will continue to follow the new musicians, songwriters and performers who are emerging, whether they follow traditional rules or break new ground, to reflect the changing realities in the region.

Ziad Rahbani: The Artist Whose Biography Tells Lebanon’s History

Rahbani’s plays satirized the political and social reality of the time. Rahbani has never hid his political affiliations. He is the ‘unusual’ artist, critical of his peers who do not express their political views for fear of losing their audience.

Gazan Rap Music Addresses Blockade and Palestinian Political Divide

Despite the social, political and economic challenges facing Gazan rappers, they are determined to continue to produce their own music and give voice to the angry and marginalized youth, so that they can find a just solution to their problems.

Saudi Arabia’s Hip-Hop Is Working on A New Identity

Rap in Saudi Arabia has shifted towards more positive messages directed predominantly at the youth, helping it to gain wider social acceptance. However, in 2018, Saudi Arabia will stage more than 5,000 rap and hip-hop shows, concerts and festivals.

An Introduction to Music in Iran

Despite some drastic changes since the early years of the Islamic Revolution, the state is still reluctant to give more freedom to musicians to express themselves. Women, in particular, face severe restrictions when it comes to producing and disseminating music. Although women can play instruments on stage, they are not allowed to sing solo in public. As a result, solo women singers primarily produce music overseas.

Musicians and Producers Join Forces to Create Electronic Celebration of Palestinian Heritage

Through this album, the artists involved hope to update the sound and image of traditional Palestinian music. They also see the album – which is described on its cover as an ‘electronic celebration of Palestinian heritage’ – as a way to reach new audiences who up to now may only have viewed Palestine through the lens of war.

In Saudi Arabia, a Musical Tradition that Refuses to Fade

Many singers and musicians in the Hijaz in the early centuries of Islam have made it into the history books, the most famous of which is Isa ibn Abdullah al-Madani, better known as Tuwais (632 CE), who was the first to sing in Arabic in Medina. Well-known female singers include Jamila, Mullat ibn Salim and Basbas, a maid who worked for a man named Yahya ibn Nafis.