Releasing their second single – ‘Fasateen’ – Mashrou’ Leila were downright giving a critique on civil marriage in Lebanon and both its integrity and disintegrity towards the true values of marriage. They all emerged around the time of the Arab spring, creating a potent fusion of pop and politics. Show 25 25 50 All. Reading this on mobile? This was the first public display of a gay pride flag by an artist in Lebanon. Further on, Salaam gradually builds up as all the elements join, creating a contagious rhythm as the song exits with what seems like a recording at a check-point, where the officer asks them to check their passports before crossing to Jerusalem. On August 4 , Dutch metal band Within Temptation who was set to perform at Byblos on August 7 pulled out of the festival in solidarity with Mashrou Leila and “in support of tolerance, freedom of speech and expression”.

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This is a departure from the logic of the state, one that strikes at the core of our sense of our safety and ability to be artistic and creative. Their debutant single – ‘Raksit Leila’ – shot them to elila, with the song quintessentially being a multi movement political satire song flaunting a melodious whistle tune, Haig Papazian’s violin hooks, eggplants and a samba dance break — it was only meant to be a hit.

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The writing of the song was meant to mock the macho representation of men in Arabic music. Click here to watch video. It’s an arresting, heady frre of retro-Beirut music — the signature sound being Haig Papazian’s razor-sharp violin. Around nine months later, on November 28th, the Lebanese band released their fourth studio album, Ibn El Leilin a launch party at the London-based Barbican cultural center.

Walking and wandering away, one thing made me stop my tracks. Some campaigners including Free Patriotic Movement official Naji Hayek called to forcibly stop the band’s appearance if Lebanese authorities don’t cancel the show.


With a hint of occult-inducing choir action, and successfully bitter organs, the song is equally unsettling and brilliant. The song carries the same folk instrumentation of ‘Raksit Leila’, drawing sonic inspirations from several genres and spheres.

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Mashrou’ Leila, ‘Roman ‘ “. E’s Studios in Macedonia. The Reluctance of Leila! The album was recorded in Montreal, and Haig admits to changing a lot of the lyrics throughout the recording process.

Mashrou’ Leila’s The Beirut School: A 10 Year Musical Journey

In fact, their song Wa Nueid is a plea for a neverending blossoming “spring” — a command to vote with your feet. The band announced on its Facebook page that their planned concert was denied approval by the Amman Governorate. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: During that same festival appearance, the lila performed songs denouncing police brutality and corrupt politicians while then prime minister Saad el-Din Hariri was in attendance.

The concert was one of the most anticipated events of the summer and was attended by scores of fans as well as the Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri.

They all emerged around the time of the Arab spring, creating a potent fusion of pop and politics.

He believes the song is very poetic, sensual, dark and sad. The band recorded the 13 tracks in studio La Frette in France over the summer with French-Lebanese producer Samy Osta, and worked on orchestral and brass arrangements with the Macedonian Radio Orchestra in F.

On August 4Dutch metal band Within Temptation who was set to perform at Byblos on August 7 pulled out of the festival in solidarity frree Mashrou Leila and “in support of tolerance, mashrlu of speech and expression”.

The Reluctance of Leila!

With a visually jarring album artwork, featuring a wolf-masked greek statue, saturated in neon blue, dexterously conceptualized by the Beirut branch of the internationally acclaimed Leo Burnett agency and produced and co-directed by Italian based D-ark Room, visually setting the tone for Ibn El Leil and implying a sense of deconstructed mythology that would follow through out the album.


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Retrieved 29 September The song has caused many rumors to float around about the true meaning of the song. On July 30 the Byblos Festival organizers cave in to pressure from online groups, church officials and politicians and announced the cancellation of the show to prevent civil unrest and bloodshed.

Mashrou’ Leila: the Lebanese band changing the tune of Arab politics

Middle east director of Human Rights Watch stated: Their sound is a mix of influences, from indie guitar music — the Lella Monkeys, the Strokes and Radiohead — to Lebanese singer Fairuz think the Arab world’s Maria Callas. In an elila to defuse the situation, a Byblos Festival spokeperson claimed that a compromise was reached and that the concert will be held frwe the band members hold a press conference to all those who may have been offended” and that the two offending songs will be pulled from the festival set.

Mashrou’ Leila’s satirical lyrics and themes regarding politics, religion, sexuality and homosexuality have led to an unofficial ban on performing in Jordan on April 26, The first hint of new material arrived when peila band started a campaign asking the members of their social media pages to submit lyrics and video ideas to be incorporated in the band’s upcoming single.

A Night Out with Mashrou’ Leila”. Nevertheless, he dismissed the idea that the band deliberately courts controversy with their lyrics, insisting they just sing about what matters to their generation.