I asked some of my favorite musicians from Beirut and beyond, to tell me what their favorite records of 2011 were…
Andre Chedid: musician (Mashrou’ Leila)
– Arcade Fire: The Suburbs
– Foo Fighters: Wasting Light
– Arctic Monkeys: Suck It And See
– Florence + The Machine: Ceremonials
– Red Hot Chili Peppers: I’m With You
– Radiohead: The King Of Limbs
– Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto
– Tom Waits: Bad As Me
This band needs very little in the way of introduction…. Recent winners of the 96.2FM music prize, fresh from a string of concerts in the south of Lebanon, truly outstanding neo-rockers Mashrou’ Leila graced the studios of Radio Lebanon with an impromptu interview/mini-concert.
Present in the studio were violin player Haig Papazian, guitarist Andre Chedid (playing acoustic), drummer Carl Gerges (on djembe), guitarist Firas Abou Fakher (on tambourine), vocalist Hamed Sinno… and of course indispensable sound engineer Fadi Tabbal.
Listen: Mashrou3 1 + Mashrou3 2
Sarya el Sawass
El Gits Band
[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]