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MusicMap’s ‘Soundscape’ series is a brilliant way to keep up with local music scenes and global trends. Every few weeks, the people behind this amazing platform visit a different country and ask someone familiar with the scene to serve up a mix of the finest local sounds…

“Following our recent trips to Peru, India and Mexico, this month we’re visiting Lebanon for our first Soundscape from the Middle East. Our guide this time is Beirut-based DJ, promoter and producer Ziad Nawfal, co-founder of ground-breaking independent label Ruptured and managing director of Irtijal, the country’s first experimental music festival. Ziad Nawfal has spent his career championing independent Lebanese music via his ‘Ruptures’ and ‘Decalages’ shows on Radio Lebanon, so we knew we were in for a treat with his Soundscape mix…”

Listen below:

“It turns out that it’s pretty difficult to summarise Beirut musically in an hour,” Ziad admits. “Especially for someone who’s been working amidst this scene for so long. I chose to include artists who are all currently active, with the one exception of Scrambled Eggs, the first band I worked with back in 2006. I also chose to focus on more experimental and leftfield forms of music, whether electronic, rock, or folk, and in the process many artists whom I’m fond of had to be cast aside. Heartfelt apologies to those. This is a very personal take on what Beirut represents for me, musically. Sometimes pretty, sometimes ugly, often difficult, always challenging. I hope you enjoy this mix!”

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Ruptured had the privilege of hosting exceptional British musician Nadine Shah in Beirut, for two live events:
A radio session on Radio Liban 96.2 FM on Friday 11/05,
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A concert at Onomatopoeia The Music Hub on Saturday 12/05, featuring guests James Brown from British band Pulled Part by Horses and Lebanese singer-songwriter Youmna Saba

Listen to the radio show:

[Live sound by Fadi Tabbal]

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Sunday 20 September 2015, Radio Lebanon 96.2FM (10am-12pm)

On the occasion of British musician MIKE COOPER‘s three concerts in Beirut, organized by Ruptured, here is a radio show dedicated to his numerous releases of the last decade, as well as a generous side-order of American blues singers and guitar players, added for good measure!

1. Mike Cooper, from Elio Martusciello: Concrete Songs
2. Mike Cooper, from Various artists: I Never Meta Guitar
3. Mike Cooper, from Beach Crossings – Pacific Footprints
4. Mike Cooper, from Truth In The Abstract Blues w/ Leila Adu & Fabrizio Spera
5. Skip James
6. Leadbelly
7. Mike Cooper, from Spirit Songs
8. Mike Cooper, from Rayon Hula
9. Mike Cooper, same as #4
10. Mike Cooper, same as #3
11. Mike Cooper, from Blue Guitar
12. Mike Cooper, from Finding Other Worlds
13. John Fahey
14. John Renbourn
15. Blind Willie Johnson

Listen to Part 1: decalages mike cooper (part 1)

16. Son House
17. Bukka White
18. Mississipi John Hurt
19. Robert Pete Williams
20. Karen Dalton
21. Mike Cooper, same as #1
22. Mike Cooper, from Avant Roots w/ Viv Corrigan
23. Mike Cooper, from Oceanic Feeling Like w/ Chris Abrahams
24. Mike Cooper, same as #4
25. Robert Johnson
26. Blind Lemon Jefferson
27. Blind Willie McTell
28. Little Willie John
29. Howlin’ Wolf
30. John Lee Hooker
31. Mike Cooper, same as #11
32. Youmna Saba

Listen to Part 2: decalages mike cooper (part 2)

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In collaboration with Irtijal Festival and Tunefork Studios,
Lebanese independent label RUPTURED is proud to present three concerts with renowned British folk/blues singer & performer MIKE COOPER,
Held in Beirut in different venues in September 2015.

SEPTEMBER 18, 8.30pm: Solo set @Dawawine, followed by Mike’s ‘exotica’ Dj set
Tickets 10,000 LL
For Facebook event, click here

> SEPTEMBER 20, 8.30pm: “Beach Crossings” ensemble performance @Beirut Art Center, with guest musicians from Beirut
Tickets 15,000LL

Line-up: 
Mike Cooper (guitar, conduction)
with
Paed Conca (clarinet)
Tony Elieh (electric bass)
Abed Kobeissy (buzuk)
Ghassan Sahhab (kanoun)
Sharif Sehnaoui (drums)
Fadi Tabbal (electric guitar)
Raed Yassin (synth)
and
Ahmad Ghossein (narration)

Facebook event here

-> SEPTEMBER 22, 8.30pm: Duo set with Youmna Saba @Onomatopoeia The Music Hub, followed by an informal Q&A with Mike
Tickets 10,000 LL
For Facebook event, click here
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[Poster design by Maya Chami]

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We support the peaceful protests against the corruption and paralysis of Lebanese politics, and would like to encourage everyone to join in this historical movement.
We also believe that music and arts should go on.
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I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

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In no particular order:

– Billie Holiday: Rare West Coast Recordings
– Arvo Pärt: Arbos
– Fawzi Sayeb: Taqasim
– Amandine Beyer & Gli Incogniti: Bach Violin Concertos
– Kyung-So Park: Be My Neighbour

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Lebanese folk singer/songwriter Youmna Saba was the guest of Ruptures, for an interview and live performance showcasing the entirety of her third and latest album, ‘Njoum’.
She was accompanied by Lebanese musician & producer Fadi Tabbal on electric guitar and various sound treatments.

Listen to the full show and live performance: youmna saba ruptures

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A radio show dedicated to the 4th edition of the Wickerpark Festival in Batroun, Lebanon, and featuring tracks by:

Charlie Rayne, Flum Project, How Sad, Mashrou’ Leila, Scrambled Eggs, Youmna Saba, and Z The People & Al Jihaz

> Listen to Part 1ruptures wicker park 29 august (part 1)

> Listen to Part 2ruptures wicker park 29 august (part 2)

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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.

Fadi Tabbal (producer, sound engineer & musician, The Incompetents / Under The Carpet / Youmna Saba)
http://www.tuneforkstudios.com/

– Dr. John: Locked Down
– Grizzly Bear: Shields
– Julia Holter: Ekstasis
– Scott Walker: Bish Bosch
– Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
– Beach House: Bloom
– Spiritualized: Sweet Light Sweet Heart
– The XX: Coexist
– Tame Impala: Lonerism
– Swans: The Seer
– Godspeed You! Black Emperor: ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
– Eric Chenaux: Guitar & Voice

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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.

Youmna Saba (musician)
https://soundcloud.com/youmna-saba

– Kyungso Park: Dung-Tta (http://parkkyungso.com/)
– Piotr Kurek: Edena (http://soundcloud.com/piotr-kurek)
– Studiocanoe: Soothe (http://studiocanoe.com/)
– Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
– Kamilya Jubran & Werner Hasler: Wanabni
– Julia Holter: Ekstasis
– The Incompetents: Of Minor Differences… And Narcissism

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Three days prior to her concert at Metro al-Madina in Beirut, exquisite folksinger Youmna Saba was the guest of Ruptures, for an interview & live performance.

Accompanied by Fadi Tabbal on guitar & Hadi Deaibess on percussion, she showcased several songs from her first two releases, Men Aafesh el Beit and Hal Bent Aabalha Tghanni.

Audio links: Ruptures Youmna Saba (part 1) + Ruptures Youmna Saba (part 2)
[Live sound by Fadi Tabbal]

[Photos by Ghalas Charara]

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The Ruptured Sessions / volume 1
(By Karma Tohmé)

Ziad Nawfal’s eclectic music tastes and his deep knowledge of a wide array of musical genres have made him one of the best DJ’s in town for over 2 decades now, and his name has been tied to the most mythical underground places of post-war Beirut. His radio programs on Beirut’s governmental radio station, Radio Liban, are also a reference for a whole generation of young alternative music lovers. These shows, as well as numerous other professional activities related to music — from working in Beirut’s sole alternative record store, La CD-Theque, to writing reviews for all new releases of Beirut Incognito’s collection, as well as for local and foreign magazines, have led to his extensive involvement with the local music scene. He often acts as a manager, producer, or event organizer for alternative rock, experimental and electronic music artists and bands from the Lebanese scene.

Following in the footsteps of one of his mentors, the BBC’s famed radio host John Peel, Ziad Nawfal presents ‘The Ruptured Sessions, volume 1’: the first CD to be recorded live in the studios of Radio Lebanon, during his ‘Ruptures’ show. The sessions were recorded in the studios of Radio Lebanon over a period of eight months, between June 2008 and February 2009. There was initially no actual intent for the sessions to be released onto CD format, which explains the lo-fi quality of some of the final tracks. Artists came to the studio to present some of their favorite musical selections, with an emphasis on their own artistic output, and were eventually invited to grab their guitar and perform a number of songs, live on the spot.

The best tracks from these impromptu sessions were then carefully selected, mixed and mastered by Tunefork Studio’s (one of Beirut’s most prestigious recording studios, for alternative-minded musicians) master-of-ceremony Fadi Tabbal, in collaboration with Ziad Nawfal. The resulting CD features exclusive music by Nadine Khouri, Charbel Haber (the lead singer from punk-rock band Scrambled Eggs, caught in rare acoustic flight), Youmna Saba, Cristobal (aka Christophe Katrib), and The Incompetents.

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LISTEN

Audio 1: Youmna Saba: Tehfi (feat. Fadi Tabbal)

Audio 2: Charbel Haber: It Seems You Had It All Figured Out

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READ

x To read Dan Warburton’s review for The Wire, click here

x To read the Gossip Magazine – Lebanon review (Jul-Aug. 2009), click on the following link: Gossip music page

x Read Matthew Mosley’s review for Daily Star – Lebanon (May 2009):

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I asked the main actors of this here blog (mostly musicians, of course, but also friends, family, support-givers…) to provide me with a list (5 to 20 albums) of their favorite records of the year.

The results are slowly coming in. There are surprises, resemblances, similarities, incongruous choices… I’ve left the responses intact, exactly as I received them, along with my friends’ comments. So here goes:

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“Here is the list of this year’s albums that I think are worth mentioning, in no particular order.”

Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes
Elbow: The Seldom Seen Kid
Rima Khsheish: Falak
Department of Eagles: In Ear Park
MGMT: Oracular Spectacular
Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago

“Voila!”

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Le Dimanche 14 Décembre, la chanteuse libanaise YOUMNA SABA était l’invitée de ‘Décalages’, sur les ondes de Radio Liban. Elle a presenté son premier album, ‘MIN AAFESH EL BEIT’, et annoncé le concert de lancement qui accompagnait la sortie du disque, le Mardi 16 Décembre, a la Crypte de l’Eglise St-Joseph.

Liens:

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Track listing: Ani Di Franco / Barbara / Youmna Saba / Bon Iver / Emilie Simon / Youmna Saba

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Track listing: Sidsel Endresen / Tarwater / Youmna Saba / Fleet Foxes / Bjork (Feat. Antony) / Youmna Saba

Disque de la soirée:

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L’émission Ruptures ‘Zoom Sur’ du Lundi 27 Octobre accueillait en invitée spéciale l’artiste libanaise Youmna Saba. Elle a présenté en exclusivité sur les ondes Radio Liban des extraits de son premier album, ‘Min 3Afesh El Beit‘, dont la sortie est prévue pour Décembre 2008.

Youmna a aussi interprété plusieurs de ses morceaux en “live” dans les studios de Radio Liban, sous les oreilles avisées de l’ingénieur du son Fadi Tabbal, qui est aussi le producteur et co-musicien de l’album…

Un grand moment d’émotion, et l’occasion de découvrir une voix et un talent spectaculaires, promis, je le pense vraiment, a un brillant avenir…

Vous pouvez écouter cette émission dans son integralité, en cliquant sur les liens suivants:

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Track listing: Emilie Simon / Rima Khsheish / Vashti Bunyan / Devendra Banhart / Feist / Jon Bryon / Les Triplettes de Belleville OST / Youmna Saba (studio tracks + live studio performances

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