Meet the Aspiring Egyptian Actor Making It in LA

Meet the Aspiring Egyptian Actor Making It in LA

Successful Arabs living abroad have stories that moved and motivated me. Indeed, it is truly refreshing to see that Arabs have recently been associated with positive international news headlines. This article aims shall highlight another successful Arab abroad, one who is accomplishing his goals and living his dreams within the City of Angels.     […]

12 Indie Arabic Songs You Can Ugly Cry To

12 Indie Arabic Songs You Can Ugly Cry To

I can’t, you can’t, we can’t anymore! We finished the tub of ice cream, the tissue box, and three bottles of Merlot, khalas its time to stop ugly crying to Adele’s new album. Here are 12 Arabic indie songs you can ugly cry your heart out to.       “Trouh” by Yazan Al Rousan […]

12 Arab Rap Artists You Should Be Listening To

12 Arab Rap Artists You Should Be Listening To

Rap is a form of cultural expression that stems back to Africa and was popularized by African American artists that we listen to today. Its purpose is to share the message of struggle and celebrate life and identity. Its globalization has rippled through Middle East to artists who resonate with its ideals but share different narratives. […]

Q&A: Portrait Avenue Talk New Music, Gigs and Embarrassing Songs

Q&A: Portrait Avenue Talk New Music, Gigs and Embarrassing Songs

When I first came across Portrait Avenue’s songs, I could instantly relate to their addictive indie vibes. Their music is anything but ordinary or conventional, with their own unique take on music and musical statements in every track. The home-grown Alexandrian band, which first formed back in 2008, have been on a roll ever since, […]

Reel Palestine: Stories of Life Beyond the Wall

Reel Palestine: Stories of Life Beyond the Wall

Starting this Saturday, Jan. 16 and running until Sunday, Jan. 25 is Reel Palestine, a thought-provoking pop-up film festival devoted to showing apolitical indie films about Palestine across Sharjah and Dubai. “We believe it is important to be able to see Palestinian culture and tenacity through film and submerge ourselves in the beautiful, difficult, emotional, […]

More Indie Arab Artists Worth A Listen

More Indie Arab Artists Worth A Listen

Delving even more deeply into the Arab underground music scene, we have managed to put together a second round of our initial indie playlist, discovering some truly awe-inspiring musicians in the process. These artists are everything the independent music industry is about; they are gifted, expressive, imaginative, blatant and, above all, not a carbon copy […]

Brilliant Jordanian Band El Morabba3 Takes on Cairo for the First Time

Brilliant Jordanian Band El Morabba3 Takes on Cairo for the First Time

The ever-growing Arab underground music keeps on taking us by surprise and seems to be delightfully limitless when it comes to its budding talents and creative minds. El Morabba3, an originally-quartet-turned-trio Jordanian band that originated from Amman is a fine example of the outspoken underground bands that have risen to fame amongst other independent Arab […]

Q&A: Grey Grass

Q&A: Grey Grass

We stumbled upon Grey Grass playing on Road 9 in Maadi, and we knew right away from their unique sound and energizing stage presence that they were a band to watch. A fun group bound by true friendship, the band is composed of Malak Makar (what a voice!), Kareem Gamroor, Michael Mahmoud, Mostafa Sattar (“the […]

Plant your Soul

So, are you guys ready for an arabic indie, pop/electro psychedelic trip? For all you hipsters out there, check this out: this awesome collaboration of Lebanese and Egyptian artists, Zeid Hamdan and Maryam, are performing in Egypt for the very first time.  Zeid Hamdan is the producer behind many arabic trip-hop musicians and bands, such as […]