Ziad Nawfal started playing records in Beirut’s government radio station, Radio Liban, in 1992. Early on, his eclectic music programming took in such different genres as indie rock, alternative pop, 60’s and 70’s psychedelia, dance music and electronica, with little care for political correctness or ‘proper’ merging of styles. Nawfal’s thirst for sharing musical oddities and discoveries saw him branch out from the confines of radio waves, and he started deejaying in the late 1990’s in local Beirut bars, restaurants and clubs, as well as large-scale musical events.
In addition to his regular duties as DJ and radio host, Nawfal worked for a number of years in Beirut’s top-notch alternative record store, La CD-Thèque, and its sister label Incognito. Nawfal’s post as music buyer allowed him to introduce the Lebanese public to a constellation of underground, revered leftfield artists, and to come in contact with various musicians from Beirut’s alternative music scene.
In 2006, Nawfal started working in music production and management, producing albums for Lebanese rock trio Scrambled Eggs and electronica outfit, Munma, as well as concerts for both bands, locally and abroad. Between 2007 and 2010, Nawfal produced three more albums for Munma.
In 2008, in collaboration with sound engineer and music producer Fadi Tabbal from Tunefork Studios, Nawfal started hosting live shows on Radio Liban, which featured interviews and live performances by local Lebanese bands and performers, encompassing such various genres as folk, rock, electronic, noise, and freeform experimentation. These “Ruptured” sessions were subsequently edited and compiled onto CD form; the first volume was released in April 2009, with an emphasis on folk and psychedelic rock.
In 2009, Nawfal launched a series of live events in various venues in Beirut, including famed Lebanese club The Basement and art-house cinema Metropolis; first among these events were two cine-concerts by Lebanese experimental band XEFM, set to Russian art-house film ‘Man with a Movie Camera’ and early German animation feature ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’. These were followed by successful concerts by several Lebanese groups, including funk/hip hop collective Fareeq el Atrash, dubstep duo Index/Left, and rock bands Scrambled Eggs and The Incompetents.
In March 2010, in collaboration with photographer Tanya Traboulsi and co-editor Ghalya Saadawi, Nawfal published a book documenting Beirut’s alternative music scene, entitled ‘Untitled Tracks: On Alternative Music in Beirut’ (Amers Editions).
x To read Roubina Arslanian’s article on Ziad Nawfal / Ruptured in Lebanese newspaper Al-Balad (October 201, in French), click on the following link:
DJ, producteur, critique, traducteur, fin connaisseur du rock des premiers temps et contemporain, promoteur de soirées et d’événements, Ziad Nawfal est avant tout une oreille curieuse et éclectique qui navigue dans les genres et relie tout ce qui se fait en musique.
Avec son émission ‘Ruptures’ sur les ondes de Radio Liban, il fait découvrir aux Libanais le son pointu du rock indépendant, que ce soit les perles du moment ou les morceaux séminaux qui ont marqué l’histoire. ‘Décalages’, son autre émission, fait le point sur l’actualité musicale du monde et de la francophonie sous un angle… décalé.