Ruptured Live // EL RASS & MUNMA // Metro al Madina

RUPTURED presents
The CD Launch & Live Premiere of
A musical collaboration between
EL RASS (Mazen el Sayed, words & vocals)
& MUNMA (Jawad Nawfal, beats & electronics)


“Kachf el Mahjoub / Unveiling the hidden” is a musical collaboration between Lebanese poet and musician Mazen el Sayed, otherwise known as El Rass (The Head), and Lebanese electronica artist Jawad Nawfal aka Munma. El Sayed is a prolific writer and musician, at ease with a variety of instruments, while Nawfal has previously released an impressive number of albums and EPs, exploring downtempo electronica and ambient dubstep. The collision of harsh beats and brazen, slammed vocals works wonders on Unveiling the Hidden, a truly outstanding collaboration between Nawfal’s Munma project and Mazen el Sayed’s El Rass persona, produced and released by independent Lebanese label Ruptured.

Notorious for his masterful flow in the classical Arabic language, quite an uncommon phenomenon in Lebanon’s exuberant rap scene, El Rass is impressive on Unveiling the Hidden, with lyrics tackling both social and political sensitive subjects. Munma, on the other hand, creates a sound-world perfectly fitting El Rass’s agitated discourse, alternating between broken beats, elaborate percussion, and ambient layers of synths. At times reminiscent of mutant hiphop outfit Shabazz Palaces, at others of the collaboration between dubstep producer Kode9 and vocalist The SpaceApe, this album is an uncanny meeting of Arabic hip-hop and electronica, and represents an exceptional event in the realm of contemporary Lebanese alternative music.


Ruptured Live // C-DRIK & Friends // EM Chill

Belgian electronic musician C-DRIK, live at EM Chill [Mar Mikhael, Beirut]
accompanied by several talented Lebanese electronicians

CEDRIK FERMONT (aka C-drík Fermont, C-drík, Cdrk, Kirdec, Y-drík, M-drík, F-drík and many other “-drík”) is a multifaceted vegan artist, academically trained musician, DJ, singer, composer and drummer.

Of Greek, Zairian and Belgian descent, born in Zaire (RDC), he lived in Belgium, where he studied under the guidance of electro-acoustic composer Annette Van de Gorne, before relocating to the Netherlands, then to Germany in 2010. C-drík started his first electronic project in 1989, and juggles between different musical genres, including electronica, noise, breakcore, digital punk, electro-acoustic, industrial, ambient, free jazz, hip hop, etc. He is also a label manager and promoter, producing his own projects and those of similarly-minded experimental artists, mostly from Asia and Africa.



Ruptured Live // TASHWEESH // Live in Beirut

RUPTURED presents TASHWEESH Live in Beirut
Basel Abbas, Ruanne Abou-Rahme and boikutt from Palestinian audio-visual collective Tashweesh will be performing in Beirut for the 1st time, on two separate dates:

Wednesday 28 September 2011
Jisr el Wati, off Corniche an Nahr

Wednesday 5 October 2011
Saifi Urban Gardens,
Gemmayzeh, Pasteur street

Featuring additional live acts
Jad ATOUI (Lb)

Tashweesh is an audio-visual performance group from Ramallah, Palestine, which brings together installation artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme and musician boikutt, in a joint performance that combines sound, music and image. The result is an exploration of the collision between sound and video field recordings, archive material, vocals, breaks and soundscapes.

Performing in Beirut for the first time, Tashweesh will present a premiere of their most recent set, following 2010’s performances in venues such as CCA (Glasgow), SouthBank Centre (London), Danish Film Institute (Copenhagen), Images Festival (Copenhagen) and Re:View (Katowice).

“Tashweesh is the latest ‘voice’ to emerge from Palestine, representing a new generation of artists who are not only cutting edge but blurring the edges between artists disciplines, social action and geographical boundaries” – Aaron Cezar, Director of the Delfina Foundation, London

Ruptured Live // The Ruptured Sessions Vol.4 Launch Concert // Beirut Art Center

Two days, two live events, featuring both Lebanese and international musicians from the genres of free jazz, improv and electronica… Seeing the day on Day 2 is a new CD release from Ruptured, compiling electronic performances recorded live in the Ruptures radio program, and featuring exclusive tracks by Joseph Ghosn, Munma and Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, among others.

DAY 1:
xxx ENSEMBLE 16.08 xxx

Tuesday 16 August, 8pm
at Masrah Beirut, Ain el Mreisseh

> A live performance by:
– Tarek ATOUI (Lb)
– Omar DEWACHI (Iq)
– Tony ELIEH (Lb)
– Charbel HABER (Lb)
– Mazen KERBAJ (Lb)
– Lukas LIGETI (At)
– Robert LOWE aka Lichens (USA)
– Sharif SEHNAOUI (Lb)
– Raed YASSIN (Lb)
– Cynthia ZAVEN (Lb)

DAY 2:
xxx CD launch of The RUPTURED SESSIONS, vol.4 xxx

Wednesday 24 August, 8pm
at Beirut Art Center, Jisr el Wati

> Live performances by:


– Paed CONCA (Sw)
– Stéphane RIVES (Fr)
– Fadi TABBAL (Lb)

> DJ set by:

Tarek ATOUI (Lb)
[A tribute to MUSLIMGAUZE]

Ruptured News // MUSIC FANZINE Vol.2 with Ziad Nawfal // Papercup


The selection of songs on the cassette accompanying MUSIC FANZINE vol.2 comes from the first vinyl albums I bought and liked. I asked my brother Jawad to transfer the songs from vinyl to digital, and then from digital to tape. A tortuous process, yes, but I’m very happy with the final result.

For the unlucky ones who do not own tape players anymore, here are the two sides of the cassette in digital form, for easier listening access. There were several songs which did not fit on the cassette, so I added them here as well. A bonus selection, so to speak. Enjoy!

1.    Magazine: Motorcade (1978, from After the fact compilation, 1982)
2.    Classix Nouveaux: The robots dance (single A-side, 1980)
3.    Young Marble Giants: Include me out (from Colossal youth, 1980)
4.    Alan Vega: Ghost rider (from Collision drive, 1981)
5.    Spandau Ballet: To cut a long story short (from Journeys to glory, 1981)
6.    Blancmange: Feel me (from Happy families, 1982)
7.    Marc & The Mambas: Untitled (from Untitled, 1982)
8.    Cocteau Twins: Shallow then halo (from Garlands, 1982)
9.    David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto: Bamboo houses (single A-side, 1982)
10.    Depeche Mode: Shame (from Construction time again, 1983)
11.    Cabaret Voltaire: The web (from The covenant, the sword and the arm of the lord, 1984)

To listen to Side A, click on the following link: Zawfal_Face A

1.    The The: This is the day (from Soul mining, 1983)
2.    Associates: Breakfast (from Perhaps, 1984)
3.    Lloyd Cole & The Commotions: Forest fire (from Rattlesnakes, 1984)
4.    The Church: Constant in opal (from Remote luxury, 1984)
5.    Dali’s Car: His box (from The waking hour, 1984)
6.    Love & Rockets: Haunted when the minutes drag (from 7th dream of teenage heaven, 1985)
7.    Echo & The Bunnymen: Heads will roll (from Porcupine, 1983)
8.    Skeletal Family: She cries alone (from Futile combat, 1985)
9.    Public Image Limited: Fishing (from Album, 1986)
10.    Violent Femmes: No killing (from The blind leading the naked, 1986)

To listen to Side B, click on the following link: Zawfal_Face B

1.    Fad Gadget: Life on the line (1982, from The Fad Gadget singles, 1986)
2.    Visage: Mind of a toy (from Visage, 1980)
3.    Ultravox: All stood still (from Vienna, 1980)
4.    The Cure: Primary (1981, taken from Standing on a beach, 1986)
5.    Modern English: Tables turning (from After the snow, 1982)
6.    The Waterboys: It should have been you (from The Waterboys, 1983)
7.    Simple Minds: Chelsea girl (from Life in a day, 1983)
8.    John Foxx: Your dress (from The golden section, 1983)
9.    Sisters of Mercy: Kiss the carpet (from The reptile house, 1983)
10.    Siouxsie & The Banshees: Bring me the head of the preacher man (from Hyaena, 1984)
11.    The Three Johns: Johnny the perfect son (from The world by storm, 1986)
12.    Freur: Happiness (from Get us out of here, 1986)
13.    Hipsway: Ask the lord (from Hipsway, 1986)
14.    Red Guitars: Be with me (from Tales of the expected, 1986)

To listen to Side C, click on the following link: Zawfal_Face C

Ruptured Live // THE INCOMPETENTS, NADINE KHOURI & MUNMA // The Basement

RUPTURED is proud to present FOND FAREWELLS

Three final nights of concerts at The Basement,
To celebrate the famed venue’s departure in style

< Monday 3 January, 9pm >

— CD launch party —

< Tuesday 4 January, 9pm >

Featuring Djs AYLA & GEORGES

< Wednesday 5 January, 9pm >

Opening by Jad ATOUI
Featuring Dj CAROLINE


Ruptured Live // Ghosts In The Machine // Art Lounge

Save the date! On Saturday, September 25, will be held the first edition of ‘Ghosts In The Machine’, an event incorporating live musical performances, DJ sets, and visuals (VJ’s and others). To kick off this celebration-of-sorts in style, we will present the premiere projection of live electronic band Munma‘s first-ever video, ‘The Alchemist’, conceived and directed by Damoun Ghaoui.

‘Ghosts In The Machine, edition one’ will also feature the first live performance in Lebanon (and anywhere else, for that matter) of one Jad Atoui, the younger brother of famed Lebanese electro-acoustic musician Tarek Atoui.

Ruptured News // UNTITLED TRACKS Book Publication // Amers Editions

UNTITLED TRACKS: On Alternative Music in Beirut
Photographs by Tanya Traboulsi
Edited by Ziad Nawfal and Ghalya Saadawi
Design by Youmna Habbouche
Published by Amers Editions, Beirut, Lebanon

Untitled Tracks: On Alternative Music in Beirut is a collection of texts and photos which begins to chart the manifold, mutating and increasingly visible alternative musical landscapes in Beirut. Through a generous series of photographs taken from Tanya Traboulsi’s ongoing project Music is Life, as well as reflective texts on topics such as the melancholy sound of Soapkills, the politics and relevance of noise, and the interference of genres, this publication investigates the resonances of music and noise in the organized chaos and politics of everyday life.

Contributions by Serge Abiaad, Seth Ayyaz, Rayya Badran, Charbel Haber, Nizar Mroueh, Ziad Nawfal, Ghalya Saadawi, Walid Sadek and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie.




Ruptured Live // The Ruptured Sessions Vol.1 Launch Concert // Walimat Wardeh

So here it is at last ! The first CD to be recorded in the studios of RADIO LEBANON 96.2FM, during the RUPTURES radio show… Featuring music by the likes of NADINE KHOURI, CHARBEL HABER, YOUMNA SABA, CRISTOBAL, and The INCOMPETENTS… We are releasing the CD, in the presence of the artists, over the course of a unique celebration at our favorite hot-spot, the WALIMAT Restaurant in HAMRA, on APRIL 30, from 5-8pm. There will be wine, food, singing and dancing.

More seriously:
– Acoustic Performances by CRISTOBAL, YOUMNA SABA, and The INCOMPETENTS
– The Projection Premiere of Youmna Saba’s ISMAK, a videoclip by Youmna Habbouche and Joe Elias
– Music by Dj Eject


Ruptured Live // XEFM “Man With A Movie Camera” // The Basement

On February 6, 2009, Lebanese experimental rock band XEFM will take to the stage at The Basement, in Beirut, and create a new soundtrack to famed Russian art-house film Man with a Movie Camera. XEFM are no strangers to the Cinemix tradition, as they have already contributed a short piece of music to a Lebanese silent film shown recently at the ‘Né à Beirut’ festival. On this occasion, however, they will tackle an altogether grander task; that of providing a live musical accompaniment to a full-length, celebrated feature.

Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera was created in 1929. This controversial film is an extraordinary piece of film-making, a montage of urban Russian life, showing the people of the city at work and at play, and the machines that keep the city (Odessa and others) going. Shooting shops, traffic, children, coal miners, workers, human bodies, and nature, Vertov creates visual rhymes and graphic portraits of the structure of life and the explosion of perception. It was Vertov’s first full-length film, and he used all the cinematic techniques at his disposal – dissolves, double exposure, fast and slow motion,  freeze-frames, jump cuts, split screens, extreme close-ups, tracking shots, footage played backwards, and animations – to produce a work that is exhilarating and intellectually brilliant, a sublimely fluid vision of man, machine, and society.

The XEFM quartet of Charbel Haber (electric guitar), Tony Elieh (bass), Fadi Tabbal (electric guitar), and Abdallah Ko (guitar and electronics), created on their 1st release from 2008, a superb tapestry of sounds, hovering between ambient electronica and outlandish noise. It should be fascinating to hear them transpose their sound, one that is suffused with Beirut’s urban maze, into 1930’s Russian art-house cinema.