Monthly Archives: October 2009

Pic of the week #3

By Hess

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Yallah! Underground

Yallah! Underground is a documentary project. A very ambitious initiative brought about by the collective “Lebanese Underground” and mainly Zeid Hamdan (soap kills, shiftz, The new government…). The documentary aims at shedding light on the Arab cultural underground scene (Beirut, Cairo, Amman and Jeddah) and to increase exposure of the new generation of Arab artists.

Featuring the Scrambled eggs, Lumi, Rayess bek, DJ lethal skillz, ShiftZ and others, Yallah! Underground takes us into the daily lives of some of the most talented musicians Lebanon has to offer.

The documentary is posted on Indiegogo, a collaborative website where you can contribute morally and financially to support artists and ambitious projects you care about, such as this one. You can also join the Facebook Fan Page.

week&groove – Aguas De Março

This week’s track is Aguas de Março by Smoke City. This British group unfortunately disbanded in 2002. They were the pioneers in blending acid jazz and trip hop, borrowing from Brazilian styles samba and bossa nova. Aguas de Março (portuguese for “Waters of March”) is a popular Brazilian song. It does not tell a story, but rather present a series of images that form a collage. This track is great for a pre-party gathering around a caipirinha.

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Aguas de MarçoSmoke City

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The Basement video nominated for the Viral Video Awards

The Basement viral is an initiative by Jade, launched earlier this year on the web.

The short film revolves around the concept of “It’s safer underground”, the Basement’s signature during the 2006 war.

The film is currently nominated for the viral video awards in Berlin. This is the first time a Lebanese production is represented at such an event.

Check out the video below, join the facebook group, and vote on the VVA website (just click the star on the far right above the video)


Director: Sary Sehnaoui
Concept By: Jade

week&groove – The Way I See You

This week’s track is The Way I See You by Emilie Simon. This is what happens when you blend Kate Bush circa 1978, eighties synthpop, and quirky innocent writing. This grand genius is a French author, composer, producer and performer. Her third album “The Big Machine” was released last month and is an atemporal chef-d’oeuvre not to be missed.

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The Way I See You Emilie Simon

week&groove’s mailing list is elastic. To be added, please send me your email addresses and the ones of potential groovers you may know.

Interested groovers, send “I wanna groove” to weekendgroove@zalum.net

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week&groove encourages you to purchase the albums of the artists you like.

Pic of the Week #2

By Dr Omar

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One Hundred Lebanese Jews

Out of the 18 “peacefully co-existing” religions we so often take pride in, in Lebanon, it is seldom reminded that one of them is Judaism.

As the Beirut synagogue is currently under renovation, a French journalist: Julie Lerat, took advantage of a recent visit to Beirut to record a radio documentary with Lisa, one of the few remaining Jews in Lebanon. A fun, smart, extroverted 50-year old living  in the historically Jewish neighborhood of “Wadi Abu Jmil”.

A very interesting piece and a new insight on inter-religious relations In Lebanon.

(The interview is in French, original post on RSR)