Music Reviews

July 30, 2013

Nawel Ben Kraiem's virant smile and beautiful voice kept Cairo's audiences energized. (Image: Facebook)
10:19 GMT

At a time when Egypt is facing major political instability, Tunisian singer Nawel Ben Kraiem travelled from France to Cairo to brighten up their day.

The Amman Citadel Festival opens on August 20 and will feature international and local performers. (Image: Facebook)
09:23 GMT

It's festival season next month, and Amman is preparing for some beautiful performances at its equally beautiful Citadel in August.

Ismail Movie Poster (Image: kickstarter.com)
08:48 GMT

The Jordanian short film "Ismail" has made its way through both the Doha Tribeca Film Festival and the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival and now is gracing the third edition of the Arab Film Festival-Amman with its presence as well.

Syrian rapper Murder Eyez. (Image: Facebook)
05:00 GMT

In the Middle East and North Africa, rap is an accessible and well-established platform for political protest and artistic expression.

July 29, 2013

Azeri maqami musician Alim Qasimov will perform at Carthage Festival. (Image: Facebook)
09:02 GMT

The 49th International Festival of Carthage in Tunis promises to be a special one this year, as an Iranian band will be playing, joined by Azeri maqami musician Alim Qasimov.

Karl Wolf wishes for an Über glamorous lifestyle one day. (Image: Facebook)
08:56 GMT

Karl Wolf has chosen Dubai for his latest music vid "Yallah Habibi." But is all the bling bling a tad too cheesy for our Lebanese star?

July 28, 2013

Ramay Ayach and Dina Hayek are ready to rock Morocco next month!
11:35 GMT

Dina Hayek and Ramy Ayach will make musical madness at the "Jewel of Life" festival in Morocco August 15-17th.

Metro Al Madina makes music happen (Image: Facebook)
05:00 GMT

In a mishmash of nationalities and musical styles from tango to circus music, the unnamed Syrian band leave fans enthusiastic and yet idly curious at Metro Al Madina.

July 26, 2013

Rouba might be the next, greatest soul-singer! (Image: Facebook)
05:00 GMT

Rouba is rockin' it all: motherhood, heading a media firm, and now a booming musical career. The Dubai-based Lebanese singer will launch an all-English album this October after the steaming success of her Arabic single.

July 25, 2013

Karima Skalli enchanted audiences at the Katara concerts in Qatar. (Image: Instagram)
09:37 GMT

Karima Skalli is labeled as one of the most important religious stanzas vocalists in the Arabic Maghreb, and the Arab world has finally taken notice of her.

Mr. Worldwide ridin' on a boat (Image: Facebook)
05:00 GMT

The Cuban American rapper that’s full of ‘International Love’ will soon ride into the region with gigs in Tel Aviv and Istanbul.

July 22, 2013

Mashrou Leila rockin' at Jordan's Dum Tak Festival earlier this year (Image: Salem Husseini)
08:02 GMT

There is a new trend in the indie music scene of gaining crowd funding. Even Lebanese indie band Mashrou' Leils jumps on the bandwagon. But the topic is more than a little controversial.

July 21, 2013

Dominique dares accuse Haifa of copying!
11:00 GMT

If imitation is truly the sincerest form of flattery as they say, then Dominique should be honored that Haifa has recently posted provocative pics diving in the sea that are just like hers, right?!

Noura's CD Cover (Image: Facebook)
05:47 GMT

The Hayy Festival in Egypt kicked off with a bang when Mauritanian singer Noura Mint Seymali hit the stage and rocked the El-Geneina Theatre with her mix up of beats.

July 18, 2013

Peeps partyin' in Cairo!
08:52 GMT

It's been a cray-cray month for the citizens of Cairo and now it's time for a break. There are concerts galore, so check out the list of what's happenin' around town this weekend, Thursday through Sunday (18-21 July).