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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:

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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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Monday 10 February 2014, Radio Lebanon 96.2FM (8-9pm)

1. Tripnol
2. Edd Abbas
3. Fareeq el Atrash
4. El Rass & Munma
5. El Far3i (Munma prod.)
6. Nasreddine Touffar (Munma prod.)
7. Tashweesh (Ruptured session)

> Listen to Part 1ruptures 10 february (part 1)

8. Boikutt
9. Tripnol
10. Munma
11. Funny Death
12. Mocques (Ruptured session)
13. Jad Atoui
14. RadioKVM (Ruptured session)
15. Trash Inc.
16. Escape To Venus

> Listen to Part 2ruptures 10 february (part 2)


The record of the evening:

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Four months following the release of El Rass & Munma‘s first collaboration Unveiling the Hidden, on the Ruptured music label, here’s a chance to read some of the reviews that were written about this brilliant and unique album:

x To read Unveiling the Hidden‘s review in AL AKHBAR / Lebanon, click here:
Al Akhbar 15 Feb 2012 (PDF)

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x Unveiling the Hidden‘s review in ANNAHAR / Lebanon (click to enlarge):

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x Unveiling the Hidden‘s review in ELLE ORIENT / Lebanon (click to enlarge):

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x Unveiling the Hidden‘s review in music blog REGNSKY.DK / Denmark (click to enlarge):

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x Unveiling the Hidden‘s review in THE WIRE / UK (click to enlarge):

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x Unveiling the Hidden‘s review in TIME OUT / Lebanon (click to enlarge):

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Ruptured presents C-Drik & Friends (feat. C-drik Fermont, Liliane Chlela, Jad Atoui & Munma) – performing at EM Chill, Mar Mikhael, Beirut (17 February 2012) / photos by Tanya Traboulsi


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Ruptured presents El Rass & Munma (Mazen el Sayed & Jawad Nawfal) – “Kachf el Mahjoub” CD launch at Metro al Madina, Hamra, Beirut (22 February 2012) / photos by Tanya Traboulsi







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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.

Playlist:
El Rass & Munma (Borkan Beirut) / El Rass & Munma (Treasury Bonds) / El Rass & Munma (Tkhayal) / El Rass & Munma (LIVE 1) / El Rass & Munma (LIVE 2) / Boom Bip & Dose One / Munma / RadioKVM / El Rass & Munma (LIVE 3)

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

[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]

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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)
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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.
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