So, I decided to force myself to blog again and this time, share 5 tunes every week that you might have no heard or known of with a little bio/why I like each of them in no particular order.
1: Tootard – Habeitek
TootArd (Arabic for Strawberries) is a “mountain rock reggae” band from the majestic mountainside village of Majdal Shams in the Occupied Syrian Golan Heights or Israel if you want to acknowledge that like the rest of the world. Their “Laissez Passer” documents say their identities are “Undefined” but they are sure that music will lead them. Singing in Arabic and gliding across the borders of West African, Saharan, Caribbean grooves and classical Arabic modalities, they will make every audience laugh, dance, smile, ask questions, and imagine the many possibilities for a better future.
This track is fresh from their latest release, they’re also touring now and you can catch them in Amman soon.
2: 47SOUL – Everyland
47SOUL is an Electro Arabic Dabke (Shamstep) band formed in Amman Jordan in 2013. The members are rooted in the Levant (Bilad Al-Sham), spanning the divides from Amman to the Galilee to Ramallah and the rest of the Palestinian Diaspora. This new sound of 47SOUL has rapidly amassed fans in the Arab World and Europe by blasting the electric Arabic Dabke sound through underground music scenes. On top of the beats that have been bumping in the Arab World for centuries, 47SOUL hypes it up with analog synthesizers, hypnotic guitar lines, and shattering verses from the four singers. Every show ends in relentless dance and trance from all parties involved. Their lyrics, mixing Arabic and English, call for celebration and freedom in the struggle for equality, inside Bilad Al Sham and throughout the world.
The song is beautiful, it talks about refugees, they shouldn’t exist, screw borders and every land is a holy land. Beautiful message of unity.
3: Narcy – Makoo (feat. 47SOUL)
Yassin “The Narcicyst” Alsalman is an Iraqi-Canadian journalist and hip-hop MC. He currently resides in Montreal, Canada. I recently found out about him, 2 years after this song was released and I feel stupid. He is inspiring, the song speaks for itself. It talks about Iraqis and the identity crisis, nobody is better than the real you. Narcy also has another track coming in my list with Mos Def.
4: A Tribe Called Red – R.E.D. Ft. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear
Bursting forth from Canada’s capital, native Producer and DJ crew A Tribe Called Red is making an impact on the global electronic scene with a truly unique sound. Narcy does it again, this time featuring bigger names.
The song is about religions and God, the one and only. Great hip hop vibe and old school to the core yet, modern af.
5: C Duncan – Like You Do
C Duncan is a Scottish composer and musician. His compositions have been featured on various television programmes, including Waterloo Road and have been performed by Icebreaker and the Sirens of Titan choir.
This song was shared by a crush, and it put me in another world.
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