Music

Palestine

Mish Baseeta! This Version of Despacito is Not Okay!

Ah, Despacito. We’ve all heard it, the song by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee that has put Puerto Rico on…
Cross-border

July Is Giving a New Mood to R&B Music

Do you need something to get you in the Mood for summer? July will save you.  Mohammed Danny Edriss (July) is a 22-year-old…
Iraq, Cross-border

The Narcicyst’s Resistance Through Hip Hop

.Yassin Alsalman, better known by his stage name Narcy, is an Iraqi Hip-Hop singer who was brought up in Canada.…
Cross-border

“What I’ve Done”, Linkin Park’s Call to Humanity

Linkin Park has been there for many of us, especially as adolescents getting through our teenage angst. We found home…
Egypt

Hello, Shady Needs His Money Back! (Shady Srour Parody)

Whenever our friends are in need of money, we don’t think twice before helping them. But normally we expect them…
Egypt, Cross-border

Come to the Citadel for a day full of music – American Music Abroad 2017

Each year, the American Music Abroad (AMA) program hand picks 10 American musical ensemble to serve as cultural and musical…
Lebanon, Palestine, Cross-border, MENA

“ Ma7boub Al-Arab: Yaqoub Shaheen is the 2017 Arab Idol”

“My pledge and my oath, my blood is Palestinian.” Yaqoub Shaheen sings this line after he was named winner of the…
Syria

The Power of Music Unites Both Refugees and Germans in Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra

Whenever we hear the name Syria, all we can imagine is pictures of death and destruction. However, Syrian musicians, who…
MENA

Celebrate BarakaBits style with this Must-Have Christmas Music Playlist

Holidays are amazing for kids. As an adult, however, the holiday charm tends to wear off pretty quickly once you…
Turkey, Cross-border

Light in Babylon: A Musical Fusion of Ethnicity

The streets of Istanbul are a haven for a variety of different talents and skills, the street of Independence Avenue, Istiklal Caddesi,…
Jordan

Ammar Khammash Creates Xylophone from Desert Flint Stones

The vast area of the desert hits us with deafening silence. However, if you strain your ears enough, you can…
Lebanon, UAE

Daughter of Fayrouz Documents Performance in Sharjah 1979

We all know her as Fayrouz, but she was born Nuhad Rizq Wadīʿ Ḥaddad, 1935 in Jabal al Arz, Lebanon.…
Egypt

Bosla: Compass to New Music in MENA

Many Arabs enjoy English music but they cannot follow up or fully understand the meaning of the lyrics because of…
Jordan

Street Art, Bringing Life to the Streets of Amman Through Music

While walking down Amman streets, Sami found time and time again that they were void of life and beauty. A…
Syria, Cross-border

Landscapes of Hope: Opening the Stage for Syrian Art in Germany

Realizing its importance, many parts of the world often celebrate art.  A few days ago in Berlin, an event was held…
Jordan

Naya: All-Female Music Band From Jordan

“Music is food for the soul, so feed your souls.” This is what Rula Jaradat, founder and manager of Naya…
Palestine

Al-Mada: Impacting Palestinian Lives with Musical Therapy

Many people know that music heals the soul. We all have those moments where we just need a good song…
Egypt, Cross-border, MENA

Inta Omri: The Story Behind Um Kulthoom’s Famous Song

Music is essential and existent in all cultures of all times and places. It brings people together to share a…
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