Posts Tagged ‘munma’

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)


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


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


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


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


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

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.

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

A musical collaboration between
EL RASS (Mazen el Sayed, words & vocals)
MUNMA (Jawad Nawfal, beats & electronics)


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.



[Design by Youmna Habbouche]

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Belgian electronic musician C-DRIK, live at EM Chill [Mar Mikhael, Beirut]
accompanied by several talented Lebanese electronicians

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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.

For more info: www.syrphe.com

[Original photograph by Ghadi Smat / Design by Joumana Seikaly]

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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)

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Ziad Nawfal‘s setlist:

> BRIAN ENO & DAVID BYRNE the carrier
> TABLA MATRIX magnetic
> DJ KRUSH still island
> SYSTEMWIDE aswan dub
> SUB DUB revolution
> HIGH TONE ucf ramble
> HIGH TONE dubiously
> LE PEUPLE DE L’HERBE herbman skank
> DIGITONAL breakbeat phase
> SHACKLETON tin foil sky
> GANG OF FOUR damaged goods
> THE RAPTURE out of the races
> RADIO 4 sink so low
> CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH satan said dance
> BJORK crystalline (Omar Souleyman Rmx)
> DJ SHADOW organ donor
> INDEX/LEFT hecatonchires
> MUNMA polymorph
> MURCOF memoria (Sutekh Rmx)
> MASSIVE ATTACK paradise circus (Gui Boratto Rmx)

Sample sets from previous editions:


[Design by Aline Khokaz, from an original idea by Youmna Habbouche]

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