Mashrou’ Leila at Middle East Downstairs

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Mashrou’ Leila are a phenomenally talented band from Beirut that plays music that we’ll call Alternative Rock, for lack of a better term.  The fact is that it defies easy characterization.  The songs are in Arabic, and clearly influenced by … Continue reading

Ramadan Nights: Idir in Tangier – July 20, 2014

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Many American readers of this blog won’t know the Kabylie singer Idir, whose real name is Hamid Cheriet, but he is a veritable legend of Maghrebi Music, and on the World Music scene more broadly.  He was catapulted onto the scene … Continue reading