City beats music from the Arab world
“You need a lot of chaos within you to be able to give birth to a dancing star” Nietzsche
City beats is a musical compilation dedicated to the actual Arab scene. It aims to discover and emphasize a rich cultural scene that is growing stronger in all fields. The Arab street is a real source of inspiration for all these artists who become actors of a metamorphose.
A metamorphose that is drawing the first lines of uncertain tomorrow yet a new one.
The compilation presents 10 artists from different Arab cities exploring different musical movements and personal stories but having a common point which is their link to their city and how they explore it artistically and how it leaves an impact on their art.
The “sound” of these cities reflects in the quality and nature of the artistic creation and reveals sometimes in a very astonishing way how music can widely transform societies and offer a different perspective of politics and social movement.
Ten artists from ten different cities tell us their stories; for instance, Maryam Saleh and her love and hate relationship with Cairo ring out in her authentic rock songs, Al far3i ‘s carries you into his unqiue universe playing his solo guitar and telling us stories that can let us imagine his link to his city. He likes to present himself saying “ I share my thoughts and visions in verses, grooves and melodies from the eastern side of The River Jordan to the outer world and back… »…
And why not remember this old say ; “Politis can be strengthened by music, but music has a potency that defies politics.”— Nelson Mandela
Book the 4th of June 2018 at the famous New Morning in Paris for the 1st edition of the festival and compilation release
Kinan Azmeh : Ibn Arabi Postlude
Maryam Saleh : Wahdi
Jadal : Ana bakhaf min el commitment
May Al Qasim : Win
El Far3i : Dallik Malak
Hoba Hoba Spirit : Marock’n roll II
Monosoul : This will hurt the other you
Ghalia Benali : El 7ayah nafass
Rasha Shekeldin : Ghiyab
Citybeats compilation is edited once a year by RFI Talent and Crossover Prod.
Pour its first release, it gathers ten artists from different arab cities.
The next editions will focus on different artists from a single city at a time.