In the aftermath of the August 4th explosion in Beirut, which left several hundred people dead, thousands injured, and resulted in city-wide material damage, several labels and platforms have started releasing compilations in support of the crisis.
Berlin-based label Syrphe Records, a platform for experimental and noise music from Asia and Africa, put out four compilations entitled Retrieving Beirut, with music by 94 acts from 40 countries. Featured genres include ambient, drone, techno, prog rock and industrial. Proceeds will be offered to one or more Lebanese charities.
Read Scene Noise‘s review of Retrieving Beirut here.
Buy Retrieving Beirut here.
Lebanese musician Rabih Beaini released The Sacred Rage on his label Morphine Records. The 12-track compilation features new tracks by the likes of German musicians Monolake and Rashad Becker, Lebanese musicians ‘A’ Trio, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, and Beaini himself. All proceeds will go to organisations working on the ground in Beirut.
Read CDM’s review of The Sacred Rage here.
Buy The Sacred Rage here.
Solidarity With Beirut from the Berlin-based label Habibi Funk features seven cuts by artists from Beirut, including Roger Fakhr, revered band Ferkat Al Ard and Munir Khauli, whose track, “Heik Ha Nishtghil?,” was recorded in the mid-’80s. All proceeds from the compilation will go to the Lebanese Red Cross.
Read Scene Noise‘s review of Solidarity With Beirut here.
Buy Solidarity With Beirut here.
Kinematik – Murur Al-Kiram
LP & Digital Release by Ruptured / Beacon Sound, 28 February 2020
“Murur Al-Kiram”, the new album by Lebanese post-rock ensemble Kinematik, uses electronics, intricate double-drumming, guitar and bass to construct ambient soundscapes and hypnotic, propulsive rhythms – conjuring the ghosts of a diminishing future, as well as an unresolved past. Subtle in both angst and joy, “Murur Al-Kiram” celebrates small victories in the face of great defeats.
Recorded by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studios, Beirut, with assistance from Marwan Tohme.
Photography by Joe Saade.
Limited edition vinyl release by Ruptured Records [Beirut] & Beacon Sound [Portland].
Wordwide distribution by Cargo Records UK.
Buy from Bandcamp HERE and from a whole lot of other nice places HERE
IN MY HEART’S EYE: THE LOVE PROJECT
A performance by Zoukak Theatre Company
14, 15, 16 and 20, 21, 22 February, 8:30pm at Zoukak Studio, Beirut, Karantina
“The Love Project” studies a succession of ephemeral moments that have defined people’s various journeys. The performance involves the audience in a series of tableaux that encapsulate various love encounters; playing with the mechanisms of attraction, infatuation, daydreaming, and loss, as a process of endless re-enactments and a way to see the world through the Other.
Directed by: Maya Zbib
Performers: Lamia Abi Azar, Louloua Ghandour, Junaid Sarieddine, Nasri Sayegh and Maya Zbib
Scenographer: Nathalie Harb
Assistant director: Line Itani
Music selected and played by Ziad Nawfal — all tracks taken from the Ruptured Records catalog, 2012-2019
Light designer and technical director: Nadim Deaibes
Technical team: Bahaa Baddour, Nourhan Fakhoury, Salim Bou Ayash, Jean Kisswany, Fadi Ajlan
Sound engineer: George Abou Zeid
Stage managers: Line Itani, Sari Shrayteh and Marianne Kortbani
Graphic designer: Maya Chami
Communication officer: Marianne Kortbani
English translation: Rayya Badran and Ziad Nawfal
Production manager: Mohamad Hamdan and Nancy Nasreddine
Buy tickets from Ihjoz. Facebook event here.
The intrepid Interbellum have been in the midst of a European tour for the last couple of months, and will be playing several shows in The Netherlands (and Belgium) this November. Check out their dates below, and be sure not to miss them!
07.11 Enschede, Tanksation
08.11 Den Haag, Villa K
09.11 Hoorn, Uptown Records (afternoon)
10.11 Utrecht, Le Mini Who (afternoon)
11.11 Maastricht, Kaleido
13.11 Antwerp (BE), Cfou
14.11 Den Helder, de Bliksem
15.11 Amsterdam, de Peper (OT301 20th Anniversary)
16.11 Haarlem, The Irrational Library HQ (afternoon)
16.11 Breda, Het Hijgend Hert
New music video by Interbellum!
“Ready to Dissolve” is the new single off Interbellum’s sophomore album Dead Pets, Old Griefs, released by Ruptured in October 2018.
Filmmaker Camille Cabbabé and the two leads snuck into the dilapidated Grand Theatre in Beirut on a sun-streaked April day – watch the haunting result below.
The album can be purchased via Bandcamp here.