In the aftermath of the August 4th explosion in Beirut, which left several hundred people dead, thousands injured, and resulted in city-wide material damage, several labels and platforms have started releasing compilations in support of the crisis.
The Ruptured Sessions Vol.6 is the latest iteration of Ziad Nawfal‘s series of live recordings in the studios of Radio Lebanon. Spanning a period of 10 years, this collection includes live versions of songs by Lebanese musicians Alko B, The Incompetents, Kinematik, Postcards, Safar, The Wanton Bishops, Who Killed Bruce Lee, and Youmna Saba, as well as previously unreleased tracks by Charlie Rayne, Cosmic Analog Ensemble, and El Rass & Munma.
All Bandcamp sales from this release will be forwarded to Tunefork Studios‘ Beirut Musicians’ Fund, aimed at providing relief to musicians impacted by the deadly blast of August 4th. The fund will replace musicians’ damaged recording equipment, instruments and various music gear.
Buy The Ruptured Sessions Vol.6here.
Read Scene Noise‘s review here.
Donate to Beirut Musicians’ Fundhere.
Kinematik – Murur Al-Kiram
LP & Digital Release by Ruptured / Beacon Sound, 28 February 2020
“Murur Al-Kiram”, the new album by Lebanese post-rock ensemble Kinematik, uses electronics, intricate double-drumming, guitar and bass to construct ambient soundscapes and hypnotic, propulsive rhythms – conjuring the ghosts of a diminishing future, as well as an unresolved past. Subtle in both angst and joy, “Murur Al-Kiram” celebrates small victories in the face of great defeats.
Recorded by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studios, Beirut, with assistance from Marwan Tohme.
Photography by Joe Saade.
Ziad Nawfal spoke to Alejandro Cohen at dublab Radio about alternative music in Beirut, and his 15-year experience as promoter, producer and label owner in Lebanon’s alternative music scene.
Click on the image above for the full interview, and make sure to check out the rest here, including writers Maan Abutaleb and Maha ElNabawi, musicians Adham Zidan and Zuli, and a host of others.
On the occasion of the release of Munma‘s new LP Three Voices in Beirut, this edition of the Ruptures radio show featured exclusive tracks from Munma with various collaborators, as well as several excerpts from the new album.
1. Munma: Muse (from ‘Three Voices’)
2. Munma: A tribute to Mahjoub Omar
3. Munma & Mariam Hammoud: Mou3ad
4. Munma & Mash: Avril
5. Munma: Eole (from ‘Three Voices’)
6. El Rass & Munma: Kashghara
7. Munma & Hamdi Mejdoub: M7ebba
8. Munma & Mariam Hammoud: Wasaya
9. Munma: Cadavre exquis (from ‘Three Voices’)
10. Munma & Naserdayn al Touffar: Nay
11. El Far3i & Munma: Shu beddak
12. El Rass & Munma: Nafas live at Oshtoora (YouTube audio)
13. Munma & Mash: Les fleurs du mal
14. Munma & Mariam Hammoud: Thalatheen
15. Munma: Chien fou (from ‘Three Voices’)