THE BOOKING AGENCY OF INDEPENDENT ARABIC MUSIC  

We're proud to have previously represented the following artists

THE CHOIR PROJECT - EGYPT

The Choir Project invites people from all walks of life to put their hopes and concerns, their feelings and thoughts, their jokes and woes into song.  A week-long workshop of communal improvisation, lyric-writing, and composition culminates in a short performance — with often surprising results.

YACOUB ABU GHOSH - JORDAN

The Choir Project invites people from all walks of life to put their hopes and concerns, their feelings and thoughts, their jokes and woes into song.  A week-long workshop of communal improvisation, lyric-writing, and composition culminates in a short performance — with often surprising results.

KHYAM ALLAMI - IRAQ

It’s not often that you stumble on a musician at the start of his career who’s biography is as intriguing as
Khyam Allami’s. Since taking up the ‘ūd (or Oud, Middle Eastern Lute) in 2004, he has already generated a “palpable buzz” about him and “left a trail of unforgettable live performances in his wake” according to the UK’s fRoots Magazine who recently put him on their cover.

TANJARET DAGHT - SYRIA

Sometimes Progressive, Punk, alternately Soft, their rock knows how to adopt harder tones with remarkable virtuosity. Pink Floyd and Jazz are some of their direct influences. As for the lyrics, they are socially engaged words that never forget however the intimate, the humane and that unbearable thirst for lightness and freedom.

JADAL - JORDAN

Jadal is an Arabic Rock Band, Formed by Mahmoud Radaideh Composer/Guitarist/Music Producer in 2003 Amman, Jordan. Jadal are one of the first Arabic rock bands in the region, starting their journey by grabbing listener's attention with their cover "Kol Ma Gool Al-Tobah" for the legendary Egyptian artist Abdel Halim Hafez in Jadal's Arabic Rock style. They then introduced their fans to their hit song "Salma" composed and written by Mahmoud Radaideh which created a great following in Jordan.

MAURICE LOUCA - EGYPT

His live musical works are an attempt to recreate mass pop music of today’s Egyptian streets into something of his very own perspective, using samples & themes from classical Arabic music combined with beats that are inspired by today's popular street taste in Cairo, in addition to folk influences, all molded in a completely fresh sound.

BIKYA - EGYPT

Undoubtedly, Bikya is all about a new sound, a creative fusion of styles, ranging so far and wide –drum’n’bass, classic techno, funk, trip hop, electronica, ambient electro, folktronica– that labels collapse. The trio of musicians that make up the group embodies that diversity: Mahmoud Waly, Mahmoud Refat ,and Maurice Louca,They came together to create a music where acoustic and electronic experimentation blend, where the complexities and contradictions of the “live” experience translate into dynamic artistic innovation. Produced by Cairo-based, independent label 100 Copies, Bikya’s sound is unique and compelling.

HUDA ASFOUR - PALESTINE

Huda Asfour is a Palestnian oud and kanoun player born in 1982 in Lebanon. She spent her childhood in Tunisia, after which she moved to Gaza and later Ramallah. After high school, she joined Birziet University and became a member of the University's ensemble, Sanabel. Also, while in Ramallah, Huda joined the National Conservatory of Music where she studied musical history and theory under the supervision of Khaled Jubran. In 2001, she joined Al-Urmawi Center for Mashreq Music in Jerusalem. In 2004, she moved to Egypt to continue her education and established the Jehar Ensemble with Tamer Abu Ghazaleh. She has performed in Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt and the D.C. metropolitan area.

BADIAA BOUHRIZI - TUNISIA

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AZIZ MARAKA - JORDAN

إنها متعة خاصة التحدث إلى عزيز مرقة حول الموسيقى التي يؤلفها، أما موسيقاه الفريدة من نوعها فأترك لكم فرصة تذوق ما يمكنها أن تعطيكم من خلال الاستماع لأول إصدار غنائي عن هذا الموسيقي الشاب، ليتوج بذلك جهد عدة سنوات من صقل وتشكيل النوع الموسيقي الخاص به والذي يطلق عليه اسم موسيقى «الراز» (RAZZ) - (Rock, Arabic Jazz).

ZEID & THE WINGS - LEBANON

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ALIF ENSEMBLE - PANARAB

Conceived by multi- talented oud player and serial collaborator Khyam Allami in partnership with two of the most inventive and independent Arabic musicians of today – Palestinian composer and vocalist Tamer Abu Ghazaleh and Egyptian electronica musician Maurice Louca – the Alif Ensemble is a pan- Arabic collaboration. This core trio is joined by musicians from both traditional and contemporary Arabic music disciplines, including percussionist Khaled Yassine (Lebanon) and bassist Bashar Farran (Lebanon).

INVINCIBLE VOICE - LEBANON

Invincible voice (I-Voice) started rapping in 2001, and is today a revolutionary group that cannot stop telling the truth. I-Voice members perform their very own genre, Trap (Tarab Rap), Tarab being the classical music genre of the Arab culture. Trap integrates Tarab into Hip-Hop through instrumentation and choice of beats, thereby creating an original output that naturally reflects the combination of I-Voice’s surrounding culture and their modern frustration.

KAMILYA JUBRAN - PALESTINE

Kamilya Jubran was born in Akka in the State of Israel, to Palestinian parents who are from a northern Palestinian village in Al-Jaleel. Elias Jubran, Kamilya's father, an authentic instrument maker and a music teacher; was her first source of classical Arabic musical education. In Jerusalem and for twenty years, Kamilya was Sabreen's lead song performer, and player of Oud, Qanoon, and other oriental instruments.www.sabreen.org. From 1982 to 2002, Kamilya along with Sabreen represented the voice of resistance; struggle for freedom, and a deep and dynamic artistic-political process that created a new style of a modern Arabic song.

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ADONIS - LEBANON

Adonis is a five-piece Lebanese pop-rock band, famed for its festive melodies and engaging Arabic texts. Weaved around storytelling, catchy tunes, and extremely playful arrangements, the band's music is becoming a voice for today’s educated, ambitious and free-thinking Arab youth.

SHAWARE3NA - EGYPT

An act which ‘keeps an eye on the society’ and reflects how they feel about sociopolitical matters in Egypt. Shaware3na, formed in 2009, had kicked off their musical path as expressionists rather than straight forward musicians, their sounds came out of hand clapping and drumming, body movement, beatboxing and signing.

TELEPOETIC - EGYPT

DARWASHA PROJECT - EGYPT

Telepoetic is known for its experimental, raw and post rock sound. Formed back in 2006, the trio is one of Egypt’s most unique sound driven music projects.

 

The band has a big portfolio of live performances in Egypt, at events such as 100LIVE Electronic Music Festival and Dcaf Festival. The band have also shared the stage with various international acts such as Mouse on Mars and Jan Jelinek from Germany, IQBIt from Italy, and Erik Truffaz from France.

Since Darwish formed Darwasha in January 2012, the band has brought its powerful live show to venues across the Middle East. Festival shows have included the Arabic Rock Festival – alongside Jordanian band Jadal – in Cairo (May 2012), Oufuky Music Festival in Alexandria (June 2012), the Hal Badel Festival at the Town House in Cairo (March 2013) and Cairo’s Fête de la musique festival (June 2013). Darwasha has played a further 17 concerts in Cairo and Alexandria, and a headline concert at the El Balad Theater in Amman, Jordon, in June 2013.

 

 

EMEL MATHLOUTHI - TUNISIA

Firebrand Tunisian singer, songwriter, guitarist and composer Emel Mathlouthi, inheritor of the legacy of American and Arabic protest singers of  the 1960's, stands with the great divas of the Arab World. Mathlouthi gained world attention when her 2007 song "Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free) was  adopted by the Arab Spring revolutionaries on the streets of Tunis and by yearning youth around the Arab world. With Kelmti Horra as a "ubiquitous soundtrack to the wave of change in the Middle East" (The Guardian), 
Mathlouthi has earned her nickname as "the voice of Tunisian Revolution.

 

 

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