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Volume 2 of the CD series The Ruptured Sessions, as reviewed by Thomas Millroth for the very fabulous music blog Soundofmusic, on December 1st, 2010.

http://www.soundofmusic.nu/recension/ziad-nawfal-presents-ruptured-sessions-volume-2

Thomas Millroth is a Swedish writer and art critic. Nowadays he runs the Olof Bright label, alongside Swedish reeds player and improviser Mats Gustafsson.

Unfortunately for readers from this part of the world, Thomas’s review is in Swedish. It’s never too late for a trip to Scandinavia, is what I’m thinking.

 

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Thanks to Tony Herrington and The Wire magazine, for including Munma‘s track “Bits & Dust”, from the Previews & Premises album, in volume #4 of Below The Radar, The Wire‘s online download series.

Listen to the track: Bits And Dust


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Link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128668709

Below is a link to Mashrou’ Leila‘s “Ruptured Session” from October 2009, during which 6 out of 7 band members were interviewed, played some of their favorite tracks, and performed three songs from their repertoire (including “Embembalala7”), live in the studios of Radio Lebanon:

https://ruptured.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/mashrou3-leila-on-ruptures-121009/

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The Ruptured Sessions / volume 1
(By Karma Tohmé)

Ziad Nawfal’s eclectic music tastes and his deep knowledge of a wide array of musical genres have made him one of the best DJ’s in town for over 2 decades now, and his name has been tied to the most mythical underground places of post-war Beirut. His radio programs on Beirut’s governmental radio station, Radio Liban, are also a reference for a whole generation of young alternative music lovers. These shows, as well as numerous other professional activities related to music — from working in Beirut’s sole alternative record store, La CD-Theque, to writing reviews for all new releases of Beirut Incognito’s collection, as well as for local and foreign magazines, have led to his extensive involvement with the local music scene. He often acts as a manager, producer, or event organizer for alternative rock, experimental and electronic music artists and bands from the Lebanese scene.

Following in the footsteps of one of his mentors, the BBC’s famed radio host John Peel, Ziad Nawfal presents ‘The Ruptured Sessions, volume 1’: the first CD to be recorded live in the studios of Radio Lebanon, during his ‘Ruptures’ show. The sessions were recorded in the studios of Radio Lebanon over a period of eight months, between June 2008 and February 2009. There was initially no actual intent for the sessions to be released onto CD format, which explains the lo-fi quality of some of the final tracks. Artists came to the studio to present some of their favorite musical selections, with an emphasis on their own artistic output, and were eventually invited to grab their guitar and perform a number of songs, live on the spot.

The best tracks from these impromptu sessions were then carefully selected, mixed and mastered by Tunefork Studio’s (one of Beirut’s most prestigious recording studios, for alternative-minded musicians) master-of-ceremony Fadi Tabbal, in collaboration with Ziad Nawfal. The resulting CD features exclusive music by Nadine Khouri, Charbel Haber (the lead singer from punk-rock band Scrambled Eggs, caught in rare acoustic flight), Youmna Saba, Cristobal (aka Christophe Katrib), and The Incompetents.

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LISTEN

Audio 1: Youmna Saba: Tehfi (feat. Fadi Tabbal)

Audio 2: Charbel Haber: It Seems You Had It All Figured Out

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READ

x To read Dan Warburton’s review for The Wire, click here

x To read the Gossip Magazine – Lebanon review (Jul-Aug. 2009), click on the following link: Gossip music page

x Read Matthew Mosley’s review for Daily Star – Lebanon (May 2009):

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