Meet Karter Zaher, the Lebanese Guy Who Raps About Islam and Hijabi Queens

Last week when I opened Facebook, I saw a video that I just couldn’t stop watching. At first I thought it was a joke, and then I wasn’t so sure. Karter Zaher and Jae Deen are part of a rap...

 

Call It a Comeback: Electro-Pop Project Lumi Returns After Five-Year Hiatus

In 2005, a crucial moment for contemporary culture in Beirut, Marc Codsi, one of the veteran members of the Lebanese underground teamed up with the glamorous voice of Mayaline Hage to form Lumi, an...

 

Salma Hayek Calls The Prophet a "Love Letter" to Her Lebanese Heritage

It's a rare event for a country like Lebanon to host the world premiere of a film, but on Monday the press was invited to a special pre-screeing of the new animated adaptation of Kahlil Gibran's "The ...

 

The Golden Years Of Lebanese Indie-Pop: A Look Back at the Best of SoapKills

After SoapKills announced earlier this month that they would be releasing a 'Best of' compilation, we here at Beirut.com could not contain our excitement at the slightest and faintest prospect of a...

 

The Thrill Is Gone: Thoughts on a Blues Malaise in Beirut

The blues scene in Beirut can be summed up by a tetrafecta of acts, and divided into two camps. On the one hand, you have the old timers and stalwarts regurgitating the classic sterilized Chicago...

 

"After All We Are Not Complete Strangers" Marks The Return of the Incompetents

Returning to the stage for the first time since 2013, The Incompetents performed once again for the Beirut public on January 6 at Metro Al Madina for their concert "After All We Are Not Complete...

 

The Persistence of Electronic Music in Lebanon: Radio KVM's Debut Album "Issrar"

The state of electronic music in Lebanon has undergone a shift in recent years. The late 2000s were ablaze with live performances by local and international talents (I'm talking monthly, even weekly...

 

Music for the Soul: Meet Oriental Jazz Duo Kameh

Ziad Sader, 23, and Hussein Kameh, 25, met back in 2008 during a jam session at an open studio space in Hazmieh. You could say their band, Kameh, was the natural outcome of their subsequent sessions ...

 

Smells Like a Grunge Supergroup: Mother Mantra Set to Debut in Beirut

If you could put together a supergroup, a sampling of some of the most talented, innovative and ambitious artists Beirut has to offer, you’d get this: Mother Mantra. Situated somewhere between the...

 

From YouTube to Live Jams: The Rising Stars of Loopstache

Loopstache – if you’ve been around Beirut these past couple of months, it’s pretty hard not to have at least heard of them. They’re everywhere, and it seems as though everyone is talking about...