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L'Orchestre National de Mauritanie: Senam-Mosso
Lebanese composer and music producer Zeid Hamdan is behind some of the country's biggest regional and alternative bands. "Balekeh" is a song from 2011 performed by his band, Zeid and the Wings, from their album Aasfeh. Here, he takes the already soothing...
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Zeid Hamdan: Balekeh (Acoustic)
Hailing from Mauritania, Noura Mint Seymali's "Tzenni" (the Hassaniya Arabic word meaning "to turn" or "to spin") is immediately intriguing and alluring. The song quickly morphs into fusion of traditional Moorish griot music, Western pop, blues, even...
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Noura Mint Seymali: Tzenni
Discovered by Sublime Frequencies and then released o"n the label's compilation Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds from Iraq, Yumma, al Hilou" is a track that we don't know much about, other than the fact that it might translate to "Mother, Here's...
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Souad Abdullah: Yumma, al Hilou
Full of nostalgia, handclaps (and hand drums) and a decidedly warm feeling permeating the entire track, "Habibi Taal" (off the debut album Silt) is the perfect introduction to Brooklyn-based, Sudanese-born singer Alsarah and her band the Nubatones...
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ListenUp: Brownbook Magazine
This week, we check in with Dubai-based Brownbook magazine in celebration of the mix of "legends and underground heroes" included in their current music issue. In addition to a pull-out songbook featuring sheet music from classic Egyptian songstress...
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Speed Sisters: The Middle East's All-Female Motor Racing Team
The Speed Sisters (aka Betty, Marah, Mona, Rhana and Noor) are the subject of a documentary by Amber Fares. The film—which is still in production—follows the lives of the Middle East's first all-female motor racing team, their struggles not only...
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Four Young Art Galleries
At Paris' Slick Art Fair in October, CH discovered the work of several young galleries that reflect the ever-evolving nature of the industry. Beyond the traditional role of representing artists, their more proactive approach leads them to investigate...
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Apolis Middle East Project
Released today, the new Middle East Project film from Apolis tells a story linking Los Angeles to Tel Aviv and across the border to Hebron. When third-generation shoemaker Shlomy Azolay met David Shlachter while surfing in Tel Aviv their conversation...
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Brownbook 22
Dubai-based Brownbook Magazine celebrates the 22nd issue of their "urban guide to the Middle East" with a focus on North Africa—all done up in their recently-debuted redesign. The fresh look includes a new Arabic-inspired font that blends...
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Customizing Culture
Working with her Persian heritage as inspiration, Maryam Avalinejad's Customizing Culture collection debuted this week as part of Beckmans School of Design's final year showcase. The Iranian-born, Stockholm-based designer examines the fine line...
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Refuge, Five Cities
by Alexandra Polier Known for beautifully raw images of the modern world, Bas Princen's exhibit "Refuge, Five Cities" currently on display at the Storefront for Art and Architecture shows a series of rare architectural finds in the Middle East...
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Tom Schutyser: Caravanserais a Metaphor
In early 2003, photographer and writer Tom Schutyser traveled in a West-East direction along the Silk Road documenting the sights he saw along the way. The resulting show, "Caravanserais a Metaphor," is a photographic glimpse of his journey...
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365 Days of Photography
Miskan--except it's photography based. Photo-blogging is getting bigger and bigger, but making the commitment to really do a photo a day is different. All the photos are from the eyes of a Lebanese Junior Art Director at a local ad agency in Kuwait...