Posts Tagged ‘El Rass & Munma’

MusicMap’s ‘Soundscape’ series is a brilliant way to keep up with local music scenes and global trends. Every few weeks, the people behind this amazing platform visit a different country and ask someone familiar with the scene to serve up a mix of the finest local sounds…

“Following our recent trips to Peru, India and Mexico, this month we’re visiting Lebanon for our first Soundscape from the Middle East. Our guide this time is Beirut-based DJ, promoter and producer Ziad Nawfal, co-founder of ground-breaking independent label Ruptured and managing director of Irtijal, the country’s first experimental music festival. Ziad Nawfal has spent his career championing independent Lebanese music via his ‘Ruptures’ and ‘Decalages’ shows on Radio Lebanon, so we knew we were in for a treat with his Soundscape mix…”

Listen below:

“It turns out that it’s pretty difficult to summarise Beirut musically in an hour,” Ziad admits. “Especially for someone who’s been working amidst this scene for so long. I chose to include artists who are all currently active, with the one exception of Scrambled Eggs, the first band I worked with back in 2006. I also chose to focus on more experimental and leftfield forms of music, whether electronic, rock, or folk, and in the process many artists whom I’m fond of had to be cast aside. Heartfelt apologies to those. This is a very personal take on what Beirut represents for me, musically. Sometimes pretty, sometimes ugly, often difficult, always challenging. I hope you enjoy this mix!”


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Two years after their first recorded collaboration, the immensely successful Kachf el Mahjoub / Unveiling the Hidden (for the Ruptured label), Lebanese artists and musicians Mazen el-Sayed (El Rass) and Jawad Nawfal (Munma) released its long-awaited follow-up, Adam, Darwin and the Penguin, in May 2014.

A few days before the launch concert of the album in a popular live venue in Hamra, Beirut, we ran a radio show detailing the genesis and production of the record and its different contributors.

Listen to Part 1: ruptures el rass & munma 19/05 (part 1)
El Rass & Munma (2014) / El Rass & Munma (Munma rmx) / El Rass & Munma (2012) / El-Far3i (Munma prod.) / El-Far3i (2014) / Boikutt

Listen to Part 2: ruptures el rass & munma 19/05 (part 2)
El Rass & Munma (Feat. Boikutt, 2014) / El Rass & Munma (2013) / Nasreddine Touffar (Munma prod.) / El Rass & Munma (2012) / El Rass & Munma (2014) / Munma (Feat. El Rass, 2013)

The record of the evening:








In Beirut, physical copies of the CD can be found at Beirut Art Center (Sin el Fil), Music Now (Hamra), and Ono Hub (Sioufi)

For digital purchases, go to http://elrass-munma.bandcamp.com/releases


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The entirety of the Ruptured CD catalog is now available online on Cargo and Boomkat !!!


Kachf el Mahjoub / Unveiling the Hidden, a collaboration between Lebanese artists Mazen el Sayed aka El Rass (texts, vocals) & Jawad Nawfal aka Munma (beats, electronics), was released by Ruptured in February 2012, with great success!

> The CD is available to buy online from Amazon + Cargo + Boomkat + Rough Trade

> You can also find it in Beirut at the following points of sale:
Chico (Hamra) + Dar Bistro & Bookstore (Hamra) + Music Now (Hamra) + Beirut Art Center (Sin el Fil)

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