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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.



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Early in September 2011, I had the good fortune of traveling to Rome for work. I had the even better fortune at staying at my friends’ Mike Cooper and Maria Galante’s house (more like a cavern of Ali Baba, actually)… Mike arranged for us to appear on a Italian radio program that he likes, called BATTITI [Beats].

A lovely fellow by the name of Pino Saulo interviewed the two of us for an hour or so, and I played music from both the Ruptured catalogue, and other Lebanese labels that I’m fond of (Al Maslakh, Annihaya, Johnny Kafta’s Kids Menu, etc.).

The show was broadcast on RAI3 on October 16, and can be listened to here


1. MUNMA: Bits and Dust, from “Previews & Premises” – Ruptured  #002
2. TAREK ATOUI: Un-drum #3, from “The Ruptured Sessions #2” – Ruptured #003
3. DISCIPLINE: Drone 1, from “Je Veux Voir (OST)” – Incognito
4. SCRAMBLED EGGS: See You In Beirut, from “Peace Is Overrated But War Misunderstood” – Ruptured #004
5. MASHROU’ LEILA: Imbibillilah, from “The Ruptured Sessions #3” – Ruptured #005
6. EILEEN KHATCHADOURIAN: Sari siroun yar, from “The Ruptured Sessions #3” – Ruptured #005
7. MIKE COOPER: If I Get Lucky, from “Radio Paradise” – Johnny Kafta’s Kids Menu #003
8. SHARIF SEHNAOUI: Trane, from “Old and New Acoustics” – Al Maslakh #011
9. YOUMNA SABA: Tehfi, from “The Ruptured Sessions #1” – Ruptured #001
10. THE INCOMPETENTS: Urinal Blues, from “The Ruptured Sessions #1” – Ruptured #001
11. RAED YASSIN: All About Siham, from “The New Album” – Annihaya #001

Photos courtesy of Mike Cooper’s mighty iPhone:

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RUPTURED presents
Two Live Performances by TASHWEESH
Also featuring MUNMA & Jad ATOUI (Lb)

Basel Abbas, Ruanne Abou-Rahme and boikutt from Palestinian audio-visual collective Tashweesh will be performing in Beirut for the 1st time, on two separate dates:

Wednesday 28 September 2011 / 8pm
Jisr el Wati, off Corniche an Nahr
Reservations: +961 1 397018

Wednesday 5 October 2011 / 9pm
Saifi Urban Gardens,
Gemmayzeh, Pasteur street

>> Featuring additional live acts
Jad ATOUI (Lb)
[On October 5 only]

>> For more info on these two concerts:
+ 961 71 153505 (infoline)

[Design by Youmna Habbouche]

Tashweesh is an audio-visual performance group from Ramallah, Palestine, which brings together installation artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme and musician boikutt, in a joint performance that combines sound, music and image. The result is an exploration of the collision between sound and video field recordings, archive material, vocals, breaks and soundscapes.

Performing in Beirut for the first time, Tashweesh will present a premiere of their most recent set, following 2010’s performances in venues such as CCA (Glasgow), SouthBank Centre (London), Danish Film Institute (Copenhagen), Images Festival (Copenhagen) and Re:View (Katowice).

“Tashweesh is the latest ‘voice’ to emerge from Palestine, representing a new generation of artists who are not only cutting edge but blurring the edges between artists disciplines, social action and geographical boundaries” – Aaron Cezar, Director of the Delfina Foundation, London

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