Adam Naas’ intimate session

Our friends at Beirut Jam Sessions are back with a new intimate session featuring Adam Naas, filmed during his recent trip to Beirut, on the famous St-Nicolas stairs in Gemmayze. Check out this beautiful acoustic version of his track Bothers & Sisters (you should know). With Christelle Canot and Louis Guego. Directed by Roy Jamhouri.

Animated music video

Check out the beautiful work of Beirut based motion design and animation studio, Tic Motion, set up by partners Pamela Farhat and Michel Doumit. A music video for the song “Flowers will rot” created, directed and produced along with Director/animator Pablo Lozano for Kuwaiti singer/songwriter Tamara Qaddoumi.

Adam Naas live in Beirut

On March 1st, expect some magic at GardenState as Adam Naas takes the stage for the first time in Beirut. Light FM productions in collaboration with Beirut Jam Sessions are at it again, they promised and they delivered! Their second live act this year is the french singer songwriter sensation Adam Naas. Check out our interview with him below. More info …

Kid Francescoli live in Beirut

Kid Francescoli live in Beirut

2018 is looking good! Light FM, one of Beirut’s prominent radio stations, has planned some great gigs this year in partnership with Beirut Jam Sessions.

The first concert will host Kid Francescoli, Marseille’s indie pop prodigy. In 2017, he was back with a collection of songs, a sequel to the album With Julia. Play Me Again is his latest musical creation and we are looking forward to welcoming his band here. They will be on stage at KED on Thursday, January 18th. More details here.

We got the chance to chat with Mathieu a.k.a Kid Francescoli about his name, his latest album, his influences and his European Tour.

BBS/ It seems you are a big fan of l’Olympique Marseille and your stage name is inspired by the famous player Enzo Francescoli, although he only spent one season in Marseille. What was so special about him?

KF/ Yes, he only spent one season here, which is quite short but enough for great players (like Didier Drogba) to become legends. Enzo Francescoli had a way of moving on the field and caressing the ball that was very graceful, almost like ballet. Something very artistic with a lot of style that no other player had (even though we had a lot of fantastic players at that time).

BBS/ This album [produced by Simon Henner and Mixed by Antoine Thibaudeau] varies in style and sounds. Some electro, RnB, spoken word, remixes, a reggae inspired track.. How did you manage to make it all come together as one coherent project?

KF/ It has to be coherent in your heart when you record it. I didn’t decide to mix all those styles, it was not a plan or a concept before going into the studio. It’s just the sum of all the music that I’ve listened to and, more importantly, that I’ve loved while doing it.

BBS/ You grew up in a city known for its rap and hip hop. Did that influence you in any way?

KF/ I learnt how to record an album in a professional studio thanks to hip-hop in Marseille (I was an intern at the time of La Fonky Family). It was my first experience inside this fantasy world. But most of all I was impressed by how hardworking they were. I always try to keep that in mind.

BBS/ These days most french bands choose to sing in English. You sing in both English and French on this album, even Julia (who is American) sings in French. Tell us more about this bilingual approach to your music?

KF/ I think it comes from the music you listen to and you love. I was obsessed by the U.S. when we made With Julia, then on stage we covered this French song called Pendant que les Champs brulent by Niagara and we loved doing it, so we decided to add some French in the next album. In my very first album there is a song in Italian as the singer I was working with at the time was Italian. So it’s not really bilingual, it’s more about the culture that surrounds you at that specific moment.

BBS/ You sometimes perform as a duo and sometimes as a trio with live drums. How is that different for you ?

KF/ In Beirut, we are coming as a trio with the drummer. I like both performing as a duo and as a trio, both options have something special and it’s fun in a different way on stage. The trio is more groovy while the duo is more electronic

BBS/ You’re going to be on Tour for a while across Europe, how did you prepare yourself for such an intense adventure?

KF/ I don’t really need to prepare myself, it’s more a case of “I can’t wait for this adventure”. Being on the road can be exhausting sometimes but it’s so much fun, it’s what I’ve always dreamt of since I was a kid. And I sincerely feel blessed to make a living from my music and to be touring so much.

BBS/ What was your funnest or craziest fan encounter if any or gig experience? any stories for the grandchildren?

KF/ Don’t know if I can tell this one to the grandchildren! But once after a show we had this couple telling us that the first time they had sex together was on our song Blow Up… and so they had sex again at the gig! We also had this huge fan of Julia’s in Rennes, he was in the front row and spent literally the entire show yelling her name « Julia ! Julia ! », over and over again…

 

 

Hip-hop Beyrouth style

La riche culture hip-hop au Liban mise en lumière grâce au documentaire de Salim Saab alias « Royal S » projeté aujourd’hui à l’Institut français du Liban. Il retrace l’histoire de ce mouvement à travers les témoignages de graffeurs, rappeurs, DJ et beatboxers de l’underground beyrouthin. A voir! Et à lire ici, l’article de Maya Ghandour …

Summer is still on!

If you think summer and festival season is over. Think again. September has lots of great music events in store for you.

wicker

This coming Saturday, leave the chaos of city life, come enjoy the beautiful shore of Batroun and attend the annual Wickerpark festival, featuring a great line up of lebanese bands.

A great way to encourage and discover local talent in a laid back, sea side, grassroot environment. This year, the festival is taking place on a Saturday so that you won’t need to fear traffic and rush back to Beirut.

This edition will feature performances by well-established bands as well as newcomers: The Wanton BishopsInterbellumLUMIFilter, HappierSafar MusicETYENLoopstacheKid Fourteen, and DJ sets by Jack the Fish, Ziad Nawfal and Rami O.

fatouma

On Wednesday September 14th, Liban Jazz brings you the incredibly captivating Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara. She is the famous voice of the musical “Kirikou” and the talent behind the soundtrack of the internationally renowned movie “Timbuktu”.

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On Sunday September 18th, Beirut Jam Sessions are heading to Gardenstate to present the unique Estonian artist NOËP, whose real name is Andres Kopper, “an electronic-pop act whose music has been described as a delicate and infectious blend of indie, electro and pop accompanied by distinctive vocals”. This not-to-miss concert will also feature local talents; CODE O preforming his solo tracks and a DJ set by musician and producer ETYEN.

See you there!