Friday, November 28, 2014

The ME Indie Jukebox November 26

Every week the folks from triplew.me join us in the studio to play some of the coolest indie music from the region.

We always have a jukebox full of surprises.

Here is the podcast you be the judge.



Here is the playlist for the week and some stuff.

  • 10 Quesso - Flamingods-1.mp3 317
  • experimental
  • Band Members
  • Kamal Rasool
  • Charles Prest
  • Sam Rowe
  • Craig Doporto
  • Karthik Poduval
  • Home Town
  • South East London
  • Long Description
  • we like to make noise with instruments collected from around the world


Alaa Bit Hashim - Shoutout (Radio Edit).mp3 320


Alaa Bit Hashim, is a Sudanese poetry writer/performer, raised between Abu Dhabi, UAE & Khartoum, Sudan. She fell deeply in love with Poetry in her early teens and has gradually morphed into a Black Rose of Prose, of sorts. Lover of Words; Worder of Love.
With several performances in her home country of Sudan, once in California, several at Roof Top Rhythms in Abu Dhabi and proceeding to also record poetry over music, the simplicity of her style remains distinctively riveting.
Ala’a is also an aspiring Humanitarian, interested in charity work and volunteering. Founder of the Humanitarian Organization “To Sudan with Love“, which has been active in Sudan since 2008.



Eftekasat - Faction-1.mp3 321




Eftekasat is one of very few Egyptian independent music groups to have managed to establish themselves on the scene in such a little timeGrowing up in a musical family and being influenced by classic music, Amr Salah started composing music during his youth. He kept experimenting and writing music till he was introduced to the jazz scene to start writing music with those formats in that particular direction. Although exposing his music wasn't an easy process, he kept documenting the music by notation, sequencer or recording. One of his very first tunes, written round 1992, is "Anxiety" which turned out to be Anxious Dance, the first track onMouled Sidi El-Latini and "Moods".
The members of the group started to grow when Salah met his very close friend Samer George at the French Cultural Centre where Samer was performing some Beatles songs. Amr was so fascinated that after the show he hugged Samer and they started their musical journey. During Salah and Samer's work in Bahrain they met Amr Khairy, the drummer, in 1996. Many has already given Khairy positive reviews and joining forces with the two friends on the musical project was a big step. Khairy was introduced to the music and was impressed resulting in the trio performing gigs and playing in a 5 star jazz club called the Magical Blue Moods.[3] However, the group hasn't even started yet although there were plans to 'do something' in the future. Returning from Bahrain, everyone went to their different musical projects and the trio was separated to be reunited again in 2000.



McCone - Five - Mix 1-1.mp3 307
Their names are Thomas and Lucas and they are twins and like me also grew up in Dubai. At the moment they are coaching tennis around town to save up money to record their first music album.
They have actually already spent some time with a producer in Barcelona and to date have recorded three songs (albeit they haven’t been properly mastered) and they are heading to Hamburg to meet another producer and to hopefully finish off their first album.




Tania Saleh – Beirut Windows شبابيك بيروت - تانيا صالح [Official Video]-1.mp3 426


Tania Saleh is a Lebanese singer/songwriter/visual artist who has been paving her own path in the Arabic independent musical scene since 1990. Her voice is a soft mix between the traditional Arabic music she was raised on and the western sounds she chose to follow. Tania was born in Beirut, Lebanon (March 11, 1969). She survived the Lebanese civil war that started when she was 6. Saleh began her musical career in her late teens when Alex Bessos, founder of the band Minus Infinitee, in search of a lead vocalist expressed his interest in her voice and invited her to audition for the job of lead singer. Her first live performance was at the West Hall at the American University of Beirut in 1986. The Minus Infinitee experience did not last long because the founder emigrated to the United States.
Saleh enrolled in The Lebanese American University to study Fine Arts but music was always her first love. While in college, she joined many rock bands in search for her own style. Sometimes she had to cross the border between East and West Beirut to do her rehearsals with the musicians. She also wrote and performed jingles for radio commercials for pocket money.
Saleh enrolled in The Lebanese American University to study Fine Arts but music was always her first love. While in college, she joined many rock bands in search for her own style. Sometimes she had to cross the border between East and West Beirut to do her rehearsals with the musicians. She also wrote and performed jingles for radio commercials for pocket money.


Marriage and family life (she gave birth to Tarek in 1997 and Karim in 2003) took her away from live performances for more than seven years. In the meantime, she started writing her second album, while working in the advertising world to make a living.
In 2005, she wrote the lyrics to “Mreyte Ya Mreyte”, the title song in Lebanese director Nadine Labaki’s first feature film "Caramel", composed by Khaled Mouzannar. She also wrote the lyrics to Natasha Atlas’ song “Communicate” released on Lebanese band Blend's one and only album "Act One". Her first trip to the U.S.A. was hosted by music producer Miles Copeland who chose her as one of the main Arab artists portrayed in the PBS-produced musical documentary entitled: “Dissonance and Harmony/Arab Music Goes West”. The documentary was preceded by a 5-day musical workshop uniting American and Arab artists at SIR studios in Los Angeles. It was directed by Jon Brandeis and aired on PBS, BBC, Al Jazeera and Al Hurra. The result of this workshop/documentary was the songs: "Slow Down" (released as a single and on the compilation "Desert Roses5") and the song "Had There Been a Dream" (released on the compilation "Bagdad Heavy Metal") both produced by Miles Copeland between 2006 and 2009. In 2009, in the middle of political and social turmoil, she released a new single and shot the music video entitled "Ya Wled", a critical ode to all Lebanese politicians prior to the parliamentary elections.
She performed live in various venues of the world including DRM Beirut, Byblos International Festival, The Opera House and Al Genaina Theater in Cairo, The National Theater of Doha, The Roxy (Los Angeles) and Arlington World Music Festival (Washington, D.C.) In 2010, she was featured on Al Jazeera in “Next Music Station”, a documentary by musician /filmmaker Fermin Muguruza who painted a 'soundscape' of the modern independent Arab music scene. The film was screened in Studio 39, New York the next year.
In April 2011, she released her second studio album (co-produced by Philippe Tohme) and a music video entitled "Wehde”. The album immediately became number 1 on the TOP 10 list of best selling albums at Virgin Megastore, Beirut and accompanied the winds of change throughout the Arab World. She also wrote the lyrics and coached the singers in Khaled Mouzannar’s soundtrack for Nadine Labaki’s second feature film "Where Do We Go Now?” released worldwide in September 2011. The film soundtrack also made it to number 1 on the TOP 10 list of best selling albums at Virgin Megastore, Beirut and was distributed worldwide. It won “Best Music Award” in Stockholm International Film Festival in November 2011. In 2012, Tania's song "Hsebak Baadein" was included in Galileo's Lebanese underground music compilation entitled "Radio Beirut” released in Germany and on all online music platforms.

She also released her first live album containing songs from film soundtracks that she had written the lyrics for and three previously unreleased songs recorded live. The album was entitled "Tania Saleh Live at DRM" and released in December of the same year. She performed live at the KKV church as part of the Red Zone Festival in Oslo, Norway in March 2013 and opened the Beirut Spring Festival in May of the same year. In the summer of 2014, she was chosen by The Baalbeck International Festival to perform at the temple of Bacchus. She also shared the stage as a guest with Lebanese trumpet player and composer Ibrahim Maalouf at the Byblos International Festival the same year. She recently released her third studio album "A Few Images" in collaboration with Norwegian producer Erik Hillestad from Kirkelig Kulturverksted.

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