Ziad Nawfal Guest Mix for Movement Radio #05 // 11 February 2021

Ziad Nawfal’s 5th monthly mix for Movement Radio in Athens – featuring music from Lebanon, Palestine, Armenia, Egypt, Sudan, Turkey, Greece, Indonesia, Canada and the USA:

1. Sufyvn – Whispers [SD]
2. Tarek Atoui – Untitled [LB]
3. Raed Yassin – The Two Banks of Time [LB]
4. Senyawa – Sujud (Prostration) [ID]
5. Giorgos Varoutas – Melisma 1 [GR]
6. Kamilya Jubran & Sarah Murcia – Siwa [PS/FR]
7. The Dwarfs of East Agouza [Alan Bishop, Maurice Louca, Sam Shalabi] – The Green Dogs of Dahshur [US/EG/CA]
8. Omarchestra [w. Osman Arabi, Umut Çağlar, Tony Elieh, Charbel Haber, Maurice Louca, Sharif Sehnaoui, Sam Shalabi, Fadi Tabbal] – King Hassan [LB/EG/TY/CA]
9. Khoum – E [AM]
10. Bana Haffar – Castles in Beirut [LB]



[This mix was commissioned and produced by Onassis Cultural Center, and presented for the first time in the frame of MOVEMENT RADIO]

Ziad Nawfal Guest Mix for Radio Ma3azef // 10 February 2021

Ziad Nawfal’s monthly mix for Radio Ma3azef in Tunis – featuring music from Lebanon, Armenia, Egypt, Sudan, Morocco, Turkey, Canada and the USA:

1. Bergsonist – Ach Briti [MA]
2. Sufyvn – Ascension [SD]
3. The Dwarfs of East Agouza [Alan Bishop, Maurice Louca, Sam Shalabi] – Black Sun of Intent [US/EG/CA]
4. Raed Yassin – Book of Psalms [LB]
5. Kid Fourteen – Can You Be More Concerned [LB]
6. Omarchestra [w. Osman Arabi, Umut Çağlar, Tony Elieh, Charbel Haber, Maurice Louca, Sharif Sehnaoui, Sam Shalabi, Fadi Tabbal] – The Impropriety of Longing [LB/EG/TY/CA]
7. Two or The Dragon – Live at Metro, June 2018 [LB]
8. Khoum – Mah [AM]
9. Fadi Tabbal – The New and Improved Guide to Birdwatching Vol.3 (Patricia Wolf Drums Remix) [LB/US]
10. The Incompetents – State of The Union [LB]


Ziad Nawfal Guest Mix for Recordat // 07 February 2021

Another “archival” mix, this one was commissioned for Recordat for their Re:levant series of podcasts; it showcases music recorded by Lebanese artists hailing from different genres and music denominations, between 2003 and 2012.

Some of the tracks are basic demos (Kitano Home Ensemble, Liliane Chlela), others are live versions (Court-Circuit, Kerbaj/Sehnaoui) or studio sessions, a couple were officially released, while overall nothing is properly mastered. They provide a window into a more frivolous, less rigid time, where experimentation and trial-and-error were often the norm.

1. Kitano Home Ensemble – Sunday Afternoon (Unreleased)
2. Liliane Chlela – I Scream (Unreleased)
3. Tarek Atoui / Uriel Barthelemi / Paed Conca – Session 01 (Unreleased)
4. Mazen Kerbaj + Sharif Sehnaoui – Ruptured Session April 2012 (Unreleased)
5. Court Circuit [Heathen + Osman Arabi] – Ruptured Session February 2010 (Unreleased)
6. Ae_Quo [Jawad Nawfal + Victor Bresse] – Maquette 01 (Unreleased)
7. AEX [Jawad Nawfal + Victor Bresse] – Electrolog (Unreleased)
8. Jad Atoui – Code Breaker (Unreleased)
9. OkyDoky & Radiokvm – Ein Souda (Unreleased)
10. Scrambled Eggs & A Trio – Beach Party at Mirna El Chalouhi [Diamond Setter’s Rework] (Unreleased)
11. Youmna Saba – Nasmet Hawa (Unreleased)
12. FEZANT – Message
13. Intensive Care – ficti(on)
14. Spoils & Servants – Saturn Fever (Unreleased)


Ziad Nawfal Guest Mix for Movement Radio #01 // 08 November 2020

Ziad Nawfal’s 1st monthly mix for Movement Radio in Athens – with a focus on alternative music from Lebanon:

1. Kinematik – Murur al-kiram
2. Sharif Sehnaoui – N [live at radio liban]
3. Jad Atoui – Signals
4. Munma – Three voices
5. Charbel Haber – We dream in the sun we tan when we can
6. Youmna Saba – Nafas [live at radio liban]
7. Osman Arabi – The xi masks of the faceless one [live at radio liban]
8. Fadi Tabbal – The new and improved guide to birdwatching vol.3
9. Sary Moussa – In praise of shadows
10. Ziad Moukarzel – Questions of worry [excerpt]
11. El Rass & Munma – Freestyle [live at radio liban]



[This mix was commissioned and produced by Onassis Cultural Center, and presented for the first time in the frame of MOVEMENT RADIO]

(2012 end-of-year lists) – OSMAN ARABI

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.

Osman Arabi (musician)
www.osmanarabi.com

1- Anaal Nathrakh: Vanitas
2- Demoncy: Enthroned Is The Night
3- God Seed: I Begin
4- Earth: Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II
5- Marduk: Serpent Sermon
6- Kanibal Hymn: Corpse Dweller
7- Mgla: With Hearts Towards None
8- Goat: World Music
9- Neurosis: Honor Found In Decay
10- Thomas Köner: Novaya Zemlya

(2011 end-of-year lists) – OSMAN ARABI

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

Osman Arabi: musician (20.SV, Kafan, Seeker, The Ritual Inclusion of Code, Shamanic Death Trance, Veinen, Xardas)

01 – Ulcerate: The Destroyers Of All
02 – The Axis of Perdition: Tenements (Of The Anointed Flesh)
03 – Earth: Angels of Darkness, Demons Of Light I
04 – Oranssi Pazuzu: Kosmonument
05 – Ride for Revenge: Under The Eye
06 – Vildhjarta: Masstaden
07 – Morbid Angel: Illud Divinum Insanus
08 – Mastodon: The Hunter
09 – Craft: Void
10 – Burzum: Fallen

OSMAN ARABI // Ruptured Session // 7 May 2010

Lebanese musician Osman Arabi, one of the country’s most prolific talents in the genres of metal, dark/ritualistic ambient, drone, noise and power electronics, was the guest of Ruptures for an interview and Osman’s live performance in the studios of Radio Lebanon.

Listen:
Xardas 1 + Xardas 2


Track listing:
Osman Arabi
Iron Maiden
Von
Kafan
Shamanic Death Trance


[Photo by Tanya Traboulsi]

COURT-CIRCUIT // Ruptured Session // 22 Feb 2010

Court-Circuit, the musical partnership of Osman Arabi and Hadi Saleh (aka Heathen) has a subterranean origin – the pair began jamming in the basement of a store. Since December 2009, the duo has gone by the name of Court-Circuit, producing experimental sounds with an appropriately dark soundscape. Using snatches of speech, television static, recorded sounds, broken radios, electronics, guitars and didgeridoos, Court-Circuit conjure an ambient cacophony, a distinctive brand of postmodern noir.

Listen:
Court Circuit 01 + Court Circuit 02


[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]

Press // The Ruptured Sessions Vol. 2

The Ruptured Sessions Volume 2

A CD compilation gathering some of the most notorious protagonists of Beirut’s experimental music scene, captured live in the studios of Radio Lebanon. “The Ruptured Sessions” is a series of live recordings that take place in the studios of Radio Lebanon 96.2FM, during Ziad Nawfal’s weekly Ruptures program. These recordings focus on musicians from Lebanon’s alternative music scenes (alternative folk & rock, electronica, improvisation, etc.), as well as visiting foreign musicians.

Thomas Millroth is a Swedish writer and art critic. Nowadays he runs the Olof Bright label, alongside Swedish reeds player and improviser Mats Gustafsson. Thomas reviewed volume 2 of CD series The Ruptured Sessions for the very fabulous music blog Soundofmusic, on December 1st, 2010. Unfortunately for readers from this part of the world, Thomas’s review is in Swedish. It’s never too late for a trip to Scandinavia, is what we are thinking.