Ruptured Live // Munma & Fadi Tabbal + Maya Chami // Ono Hub

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 – 8.30 pm
at Onomatopoeia The Music Hub, Beirut

With
Munma: synths /electronics
Fadi Tabbal: electric guitar /electronics
Maya Chami: live visuals


ABOUT MUNMA

Jawad Nawfal is a pioneer of Lebanon’s electronic/dance scene. Starting out as a DJ and event promoter in the late 90’s, he eventually moved on to production and composition in the early 2000’s, forming live electronic duos Ae_Quo and AEX with Lebanese musician Victor Bresse. Nawfal created MUNMA in the aftermath of Israel’s war on Lebanon in the summer of 2006 — this solo project explores oriental harmonies and rhythmical patterns, with a strong reliance on sampled traditional musical beds and excerpts from politicians’ speeches and radio broadcasts. In 2012, Jawad started working with Lebanese writer and slam poet Mazen el-Sayed aka El Rass, and the two musicians released two well receivedalbums which explore the darker sides of rap, reconfiguring the genre to include elements of bass and electronica. In the following years, Nawfal collaborated with Belgian electronic producer Cedrik Fermont, and released 4 albums on his label Syrphe Records with different contributors.


ABOUT FADI TABBAL

Fadi Tabbal is a musician, producer and sound engineer, known for his numerous contributions to Beirut’s alternative music scene by way of the specialized studio he opened in 2006, Tunefork.

Tabbal’s work as an engineer at Tunefork has secured its reputation as one of the most prominent studios in Beirut; the majority of the city’s alternative acts have passed through its doors. Fadi is a member of several Lebanese bands, including rock groups The Incompetents and Bunny Tylers, as well as experimental trio Under the Carpet. He collaborates frequently with singer/songwriter Youmna Saba, folk bands Safar and Ramly, and is a guest player on albums by experimental duo Praed and folk singer Sandmoon, among others. As a solo artist, he has released three albums entitled “On the Rooftop Looking Up” (Self-released 2013), “Museum of Disappearing Buildings” (Self-released 2015) and “How’s Annie” (Ruptured, 2016).


ABOUT MAYA CHAMI

Maya Chami is a practitioner in graphic design and digital arts. She received a Bachelor of Science in graphic design from the Lebanese American University. In 2006, she was selected to participate in the UNESCO online masters module on art, design and technology.

In 2011 she completed a Masters degree in digital arts at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London. She works in graphic design and digital arts on both commissioned and personal projects, and has participated in several design and digital arts events.


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Ruptures Radio Show // MUNMA Edition #1 // 23 May 2016

On the occasion of the release of Munma‘s new LP Three Voices in Beirut, this edition of the Ruptures radio show featured demos, album tracks, exclusive versions and remixes culled from this talented Lebanese producer’s 10-year (and ongoing) career.


Track listing:
Munma: Soft Integration (Previews and Premises, 2010)
Munma: A Tribute to Mahjoub Omar (demo, 2013)
El Rass & Munma: ‘Awdat al Batriq (Adam, Darwin & the Batriq, 2014)
Munma with Naserdayn el Touffar: Nay (demo, 2014)
Munma: Munma (34 Days, 2006)
Munma: IRM (Black Tuesday, 2007)
Munma: Engram (Unholy Republic, 2008)
Trash Inc. & Munma: Nightwalker #2 (demo, 2009)
Ziad Moukarzel & Jawad Nawfal [Index/Left]: Hecatonchires (demo, 2010)
Scrambled Eggs: Bleeding Nun (Munma remix, from Happy Together Filthy Forever, 2006)
Litter: Hummingbird (Munma remix, from Newfound Grids, 2012)
Infinite Moment of Composure: Infiltration (Turbulence, 2012)
Tasjil Moujahed: Aviatrix (Musafer, 2012)
Munma feat. radiokvm: The Funeral (No Apologies, 2013)


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Unholy Republic low-res

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Ruptured Live // MUNMA Launch Concert // Dawawine

Ruptured presents MUNMA & FADI TABBAL
For the launch of Lebanese electronic artist Munma’s new album THREE VOICES
In concert in Dawawine’s screening room

On Friday 3 June 2016,
1st concert at 7.30pm
2nd concert at 9pm


THREE VOICES is the eagerly anticipated first vinyl release from Jawad Nawfal aka Munma, a pioneer of Lebanon’s electronic/dance scene. The album will be available in a limited edition of 300 hand-numbered LP’s, including digital download codes. This is the second vinyl release from Lebanon’s alternative music label Ruptured, following RadioKVM’s “Issrar” in 2014.


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Ruptures Radio Show // El RASS & MUNMA Edition // 19 May 2014

Two years after their first recorded collaboration, the successful “Kachf el Mahjoub / Unveiling the Hidden” (for the Ruptured label), Lebanese artists and musicians Mazen el-Sayed aka El Rass and Jawad Nawfal aka 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 popular live venue Metro Al-Madina in Hamra, Beirut, we ran a radio show detailing the genesis and production of the record and its different contributors.

Listen:
ruptures el rass & munma 19/05 (part 1) + ruptures el rass & munma 19/05 (part 2)


Track listing:
El Rass & Munma (2014)
El Rass & Munma (Munma remix)
El Rass & Munma (2012)
El-Far3i (Munma prod.)
El-Far3i (2014)
Boikutt 
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)


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Press // El Rass & Munma // Kachf el Mahjoub

Four months following the release of El Rass & Munma‘s first collaboration “Kachf el Mahjoub / Unveiling the Hidden”, on the Ruptured music label, here are some of the reviews that were written about this excellent and unique album


 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

EL RASS & MUNMA // Ruptured Session // 20 Feb 2012

A couple of days prior to the release of their first recorded collaboration, “Kachf el Mahjoub / Unveiling the Hidden“, Lebanese artists EL RASS (Mazen el Sayed, words & vocals), and MUNMA (Jawad Nawfal, beats & electronic treatments), were the guest of Ruptures, for a presentation of the album and no less than three live performances. They were accompanied by Belgian electronic musician C-Drik, who spoke about the process of mastering the album.

Listen:
El Rass & Munma (20 Feb) part 1 + El Rass & Munma (20 Feb) part 2


Track listing:
El Rass & Munma *3
El Rass & Munma LIVE *Nou7
El Rass & Munma LIVE *Rissala
Boom Bip & Dose One
Munma
Radiokvm
El Rass & Munma LIVE


[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]

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

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


ABOUT THE CD

“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.


LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/el-rass-the-head/borkan-beirut


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.


 

 

(2011 end-of-year lists) – JAWAD NAWFAL

I asked some of my favorite musicians from Beirut and beyond, to tell me what their favorite records of 2011 were…

Jawad Nawfal: producer, sound artist, musician (Munma, formerly with Index/Left, AEX, Ae_Quo…)

– Amon Tobin: ISAM (Ninja Tune)
– Culprate:Colours (Gradient Audio)
– Kuedo: Videowave EP (Planet Mu)
– Vessel: Wax Dance EP (A Future Without)
– 2562: Fever (Doubt Records)
– Zomby: Nothing (4AD)
– Loops Haunt: Ark EP (Black Acre)
– iTAL tEK: Whip It Up EP (Atom River)
– Semiomine: From Memory (Ad Noiseam)
– The Third Eye Foundation: The Dark (Ici D’ailleurs)

Ziad Moukarzel & Jawad Nawfal [INDEX/LEFT] // Interview // 12 July 2010

Lebanese dubstep duo INDEX/LEFT (Ziad Moukarzel & Jawad Nawfal) were the guests of RUPTURES to present a selection of new tracks recorded exclusively for their BASEMENT concert of July 16. And by the same token, the two hyperactive boys offered Ruptures’ audience an overview of the Dubstep genre, from its early beginnings to the present day.

Listen:
Index Left part 1 + Index Left part 2


Track listing:
Ramadanman
Ziad Moukarzel & Jawad Nawfal [Index/Left]
King Midas Sound
Quanta 330
Kode9
Martyn
Headhunter
Zomby
Modeselektor (feat. Thom Yorke)
Bloc Party (Burial remix)


[Photos by Caroline Tabet]