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MusicMap’s ‘Soundscape’ series is a brilliant way to keep up with local music scenes and global trends. Every few weeks, the people behind this amazing platform visit a different country and ask someone familiar with the scene to serve up a mix of the finest local sounds…

“Following our recent trips to Peru, India and Mexico, this month we’re visiting Lebanon for our first Soundscape from the Middle East. Our guide this time is Beirut-based DJ, promoter and producer Ziad Nawfal, co-founder of ground-breaking independent label Ruptured and managing director of Irtijal, the country’s first experimental music festival. Ziad Nawfal has spent his career championing independent Lebanese music via his ‘Ruptures’ and ‘Decalages’ shows on Radio Lebanon, so we knew we were in for a treat with his Soundscape mix…”

Listen below:

“It turns out that it’s pretty difficult to summarise Beirut musically in an hour,” Ziad admits. “Especially for someone who’s been working amidst this scene for so long. I chose to include artists who are all currently active, with the one exception of Scrambled Eggs, the first band I worked with back in 2006. I also chose to focus on more experimental and leftfield forms of music, whether electronic, rock, or folk, and in the process many artists whom I’m fond of had to be cast aside. Heartfelt apologies to those. This is a very personal take on what Beirut represents for me, musically. Sometimes pretty, sometimes ugly, often difficult, always challenging. I hope you enjoy this mix!”

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Ruptures had the pleasure of hosting US-born, Berlin-based musician Chad Methany aka Emperor X on Radio Liban 96.2 FM, for an interview and formidable live performance, ahead of his headlining show at Beirut Open Space.

Listen to the radio show:

[Live sound by Fadi Tabbal + photos by Karl Mattar]

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Ruptured had the privilege of hosting exceptional British musician Nadine Shah in Beirut, for two live events:
A radio session on Radio Liban 96.2 FM on Friday 11/05,
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A concert at Onomatopoeia The Music Hub on Saturday 12/05, featuring guests James Brown from British band Pulled Part by Horses and Lebanese singer-songwriter Youmna Saba

Listen to the radio show:

[Live sound by Fadi Tabbal]

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Saturday 23 March 2018, Radio Lebanon 96.2FM (8-9pm)

1. Tamer Abu Ghazaleh, Maryam Saleh & Maurice Louca: Nefsif akli (ps/eg)
2. Mutamassik: Waiting for my orders (us)
3. Aya Metwalli: Fein enta (eg)
4. Munma: Muse (lb)
5. omrr: Quicksands (eg)
6. Cosmic Analog Ensemble: Pourparlers + Les sourdes oreilles (lb)
7. Zeid Hamdan: Mekdass w Abel (lb)
8. Wake Island: Never entirely there (lb/ca)
9. Sufyvn: Dust (sd)
10. The Dwarfs of East Agouza: Rats don’t eat synthesizers (us/ca/eg)
11. Gökçen Kaynatan: Sihirbaz (tr)
12. KELAB (eg)
13. Mutamassik: Marvellous in training (us)

Listen to the show: 

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Ruptured & Beirut Open Space present

“THEY PROMISED US A BRIGHT FUTURE”

A Live Happening Featuring:

// GOOD LUCK IN DEATH //

(Mondkopf & Charbel Haber – Duo)

// FRÉDÉRIC D. OBERLAND​ //

(Oiseaux-Tempête – Solo)

// STÉPHANE PIGNEUL aka CONTRE CIEL //

(Oiseaux-Tempête – Solo)

// MONDKOPF //

(DJ set)

+ Release of Oiseaux-Tempête & The Bunny Tylers‘ Live CD on Ruptured

LIVE AT BEIRUT OPEN SPACE

WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL 2018, 8PM

TICKETS 25000LL

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Saturday 16 March 2018, Radio Lebanon 96.2FM (8-9pm)

1. The Dwarfs of East Agouza (us/ca/eg)
2. ‘A’ Trio & Alan Bishop (us/lb)
3. Shalabi Effect (ca)
4. SUUNS + Jerusalem In My Heart (ca/lb)
5. Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (ps)
6. Tamer Abu Ghazaleh, Maryam Saleh & Maurice Louca (ps/eg)
7. Nadah El Shazly (eg)
8. Two or The Dragon (lb)
9. Mutamassik (us)
10. Tasjiil Moujahed (be/lb)
11. Stephanie Merchak (lb)
12. Aya Metwalli (eg)

Listen to the show: 

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Ruptured and Beirut Open Space present a unique double-bill of:

Two or The Dragon – التنّين
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– Abed Kobeissy: Buzuq, Electric guitar & Effects
– Ali Hout: Percussions & Effects
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TRES MILLONES DOLARES
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– Tony Elieh: Electric bass
– Ziad Moukarzel: Analogue synthesizers

// Live sound by Tunefork Studios
// Dj set by Ziad Nawfal

// Monday 12 February, 9pm
// Tickets 20000 LL

Facebook event here

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