BANANA COGNACS // Ruptured Session // 11 March 2013

Lebanese rock band The Banana Cognacs were the guests of Ziad Nawfal’s weekly radio program Ruptures, for an interview and exclusive live performances. The band released its first, self-titled EP in November 2012. For this session, the line-up consisted of Double A The Preacherman (vocals), Angie Nassar (vocals), Ghassan Khayyat (guitar), Ramzi Bashour (guitar), Johnny Seikaly (bass) and Mustapha Khaled (drums).

Listen: banana cognacs ruptures 1 +  banana cognacs ruptures 2


Track listing:
Banana Cognacs *2
Frank Zappa
The Verve
BANANA COGNACS [LIVE]
Broadcast
The Beatles
BANANA COGNACS [LIVE]
Lightnin’ Hopkins
Syd Barrett
BANANA COGNACS [LIVE]


[Photos by Raymond Gemayel]

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(2012 end-of-year lists) – GHASSAN KHAYYAT

I asked some of my favorite musician and artist friends, from Beirut and beyond, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2012…
Alternately, they could also provide me with a list of the records they listened to the most in 2012, regardless of date of release.

Ghassan Khayyat (musician, The Banana Cognacs)

1- Beck: Beck Hansen’s Song Reader
2- Soundgarden: King Animal
3- The Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwendz
4- Spiritualized: Sweet Heart Sweet Light
5- Snoop Lion: Reincarnated
6- Simon White: Silver Silver
7- Norah Jones: Broken Little Hearts
8- Groundation: Building Ark
9- Jack White: Blunderbuss
10- The Banana Cognacs: Self-titled EP

FAREEQ EL ATRASH // Ruptured Session // 2 Nov 2009

Fareeq el Atrash (whose name is a pun on famed Arabic singer Fareed el Atrache) is a Lebanese hip hop band consisting of rappers Edouard Abbas and Nasser Shorbaji, with John Imad Nasr on bass, Ghassan Khayyat aka Goo on guitar and keyboards, and Fayez Zouheiry aka FZ holding it down on beatbox duties.

In addition to playing three wonderfully laid-back tracks live in the studios of Radio Lebanon, they offered a selection of their favorite tunes, and presented their upcoming concert at Beirut’s The Basement.

Listen: Fareeq 1 + Fareeq 2


Track listing:
SUGARHILL GANG
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
BOB JAMES
FUNKADELIC
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
ZIAD RAHBANI
THE ROOTS
JAY-Z


[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]

Back in October 2005, the Lebanese funky jam collective Fareeq el Atrash made their live debut at The Basement, and is now primed to return to Beirut’s famed underground venue this coming Saturday, the 7th of November.

Fareeq el Atrash (whose name is a pun on famed Arabic singer Fareed el Atrache) is now a live hip hop band consisting of rappers Edouard Abbas and Nasser Shorbaji, with John Imad Nasr on bass, Goo on guitar and keyboards, and FZ holding it down on beatbox duties.

The crew’s DJ, Stickfiggr, will be mixing hip hop, soul and funk prior to the show.  Expect special musical guests to join the band in their most definitive live performance yet!