Congratulations to the 8 young Lebanese innovators, artists and entrepreneurs who made it in this year’s Forbes 30 under 30! You make us proud.
Meet here Nicolas Zaatar, Hussein Bazaza, Mark Chahwan, Jad Sayegh, Jawad Farès, Ray Dargham, Ève Tamraz Najjar and Élissa Freiha.
“Many in the list are scattered across the globe as they strive to prove their mettle in countries far from home. With such diverse areas of expertise, these innovators are transforming the rules of business.”
“Femmes de mon pays,
une même lumière durcit vos corps,
une même ombre le repose ;
doucement élégiaques en vos métamorphoses.
Une même souffrance gerce vos lèvres,
et vos yeux sont sertis par un unique orfèvre.
qui rassurez la montagne,
qui faites croire à l’homme qu’il est homme,
à la cendre qu’elle est fertile,
au paysage qu’il est immuable.
Femmes de mon pays,
vous, qui dans le chaos retrouvez le durable.”
Nadia Tuéni (1935-1983)
A l’occasion de la Journée Internationale de la Femme, L’Orient Le Jour nous propose le portrait de 8 femmes qui ont forgé le Liban.
A lire ici.
A unique trail that runs straight through the heart of the country. 470 km Lebanon Mountain Trail (LMT), which passes through more than 75 towns and villages, three protected nature reserves, two biosphere reserves, and one UNESCO world heritage site.
Read here about the LMT Association’s mission of protection and conservation and what challenges they face.
Ziad Doueiri’s “The Insult” reviewed in the New York Times.
“There is something undeniably exhilarating about the film’s honest assessment of the never-ending conflict between decency and cruelty that rages in every nation, neighborhood and heart.”
The movie has made it into the final nine films shortlisted for an Academy Award nomination in the foreign language category. A first in the history of Lebanese cinema. The five selected as nominees will be announced on Jan. 23. 2018
Did you know za’atar has been traced back to biblical times? What are the ingredients of the Fatteh? Where does Moghrabieh come from? Discover Beirut’s history through its rich culinary landscape. Sahten!
Read more here.
Author: Zahra Hankir / Photography: Sam Tarling
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…
“Everybody should come here. Everyone should see how complicated, how deeply troubled, and yet at the same time beautiful and awesome the world can be [..] In spite of everything, I love it here.”
Watch Anthony Bourdain’s videos from the field as he discovers Beirut, its food, its people.
For all those who live abroad, here’s a little something to stay connected with Lebanon!
Koullouna is a monthly subscription box filled with Lebanese products, a taste of home delivered right at your door. Through small donations, the subscription will also be a way to support local initiatives that have a positive impact on the country.
Experience Lebanon in a box! Bravo Marielle and your team, what a great concept.
If you wish to contribute and get your own awesome -home away from home- box, here is the link to their crowdfunding campaign.
The cities of Zahle and Tuscon (Arizona) have been designated UNESCO Cities of Gastronomy.
Check out this interesting article to know more about the uncanny similarities between the two!