James Locksmith, UAE-based DJ, producer, curator, promoter and festival programmer has just announced that he’s teamed up with the Australian Electronic Music Conference (November 2019) and has been invited to be one of the main curators. He’ll be taking several acts to the conference, cherry-picking his favorite MENA talent to join in on panels, workshops, collaboration projects …
Beirut is now definitely on the crate diggers map! After Chico Records last year, Ernesto Chahoud‘s record store Darsko in Burj Hammoud (in what was his grandfather’s shoe factory) has made it on the The Vinyl Factory world’s best record shops! Make sure to check out his unique collection of rare grooves and old 45s. Check out the Vinyl Factory …
Turbo Falafel, the Dj collective based in Fribourg (Switzerland) was recently in Beirut.
Inspired by Revolver’s guide on Beirut’s record stores, they decided to come check it out for themselves.
They made this fun mix of what they heard during their cab rides.
And also a little mix of what they dug up at Chico Records.
And check out Turbo Falafel’s soundcloud page here: https://soundcloud.com/turbofalafel
’s short documentary “I am no bird” is online.
This is a beautifully crafted film about Samer Saem Eldahr
's moving story. Samer is a talented electronic musician from Aleppo, pioneering a genre of electronic dance music he calls “electro-tarab”, who immigrated to Minnesota after having spent some years in Beirut.
“What began as humble mission to document an unknown, but significant, contribution to the electronic music world morphed into a story about family, friendship, and persevering to create in the midst of a changing environment" said the Brooklyn based filmmaker.
Watch it here
We just read Jessy Moussallem‘s interview in L’Orient-Le Jour and we wanted to share some of her impressive work here with you.
In her interview, the talented filmmaker talks about what led her to work on Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moon’s video, her relationship with Lebanon, the challenges she faces and her more recent work on Agoria’s clip.
Jessy Moussallem pushes boundaries, her videos are emotional, powerful and edgy.
This is the second collaboration between the 2 Lebanese turntablists, (BBS’ very own) Rami O and Elie Francis aka Dj E.F When Beirut meets Berlin. Check out how it went down. #scratching #practiceyocuts #turntablism http://www.beirutsbrightside.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/IMG_3044.mp4
Music platform Spotify finally launched in Lebanon! This is a great way to discover local talents. Check out for example the selection of tracks from Lebanese indie Label Ruptured’s 2018 releases. Happy streaming everyone!
We stumbled upon this amazing picture of Ella Fitzgerald performing on stage at the Baalbeck International Festival in 1972.
Who was there?
Baalbeck International Festival
#EllaFitzgerald #TheFirstLadyofSong #Baalbeck
When it comes to music there are no boundaries.
This is a UNHCR Lebanon initiative bringing Syrian and Lebanese talented musicians together through art.
Looking forward to the party in December!
Watch the video here
More on the “Dabaka” project here
Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons commissioned the talented Beirut-born filmmaker Jessy Moussallem to create a film using the music of their latest project Heart of Sky. The result is a beautifully crafted gem, perfectly paced documentary film revealing the lives of those working on the canabis fields of the Bekaa valley. Moussallem explains “The scenes were …