In this hour-long missive, DJ and curator Ziad Nawfal highlights unreleased and rare music from prominent Lebanese musicians, bringing together ‘realms of experimental and electronic music’ as featured during his time at Irtijal Festival, in his work with the Ruptured record label, and on his long-running shows on Radio Lebanon.
Nawfal’s podcast includes conversations with these artists, providing an oral history of Beirut’s legendary underground:
GHASSAN SALHAB Revolution Intro (sound capture)
1. FADI TABBAL – After the fire, before the end (feat. Julia Sabra)
2. YOUMNA SABA – Al Arqām
3. “A” TRIO – b
4. CHARBEL HABER – Beside a monument to whirling nebulas of murderers’ fantasies, dressed in Sunday best, lay the bodies of docile beasts + Charbel Haber on Radio Lebanon, Beirut
5. MARC CODSI – Invocation I
6. AYA METWALLI – Matkhafsh menni + Aya Metwalli on Radio Lebanon, Beirut
7. RADWAN GHAZI MOUMNEH – Qaluli + Radwan Ghazi Moumneh on Radio Lebanon, Beirut
8. SHARIF SEHNAOUI – Overdance
9. TWO OR THE DRAGON – Prelude for the triumphant man [Part 1]
10. JAD ATOUI – FDBCK
11. JAWAD NAWFAL & MAZEN EL-SAYED – Pastless
12. ANTHONY SAHYOUN – Two foxes trotting on a lane in Qartaba + Anthony Sahyoun on Radio Lebanon, Beirut
GHASSAN SALHAB Revolution Outro (sound capture)
Read more about the podcast and Beirut’s Musicians Relief Fund here.
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.
ruptures el rass & munma 19/05 (part 1) + ruptures el rass & munma 19/05 (part 2)
El Rass & Munma (2014)
El Rass & Munma (Munma remix)
El Rass & Munma (2012)
El-Far3i (Munma prod.)
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)
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
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.
El Rass & Munma (20 Feb) part 1 + El Rass & Munma (20 Feb) part 2
El Rass & Munma *3
El Rass & Munma LIVE *Nou7
El Rass & Munma LIVE *Rissala
Boom Bip & Dose One
El Rass & Munma LIVE
[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]
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.