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While some people seem to long for human contact, there are many others who pine for the divine.

The New Arab Meets: Singer, songwriter and composer Juliana Yazbeck whose use of Western and Arabian string arrangements and beats tackles themes of cultural identity, empowerment, decolonisation and

Egypt union bans popular 'electro-shaabi' <em>music</em> over lewd lyrics

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Egypt union bans popular 'electro-shaabi' music over lewd lyrics

Egypt's union of musicians has threatened legal action against venues that host performers of a popular music genre deemed too racy by conservatives.

In Erbil's citadel, Amjad Assad keeps forgotten melodies alive

Hadani Ditmars

In Erbil's citadel, Amjad Assad keeps forgotten melodies alive

The New Arab Meets: 64-year-old Amjad Assad, who has almost single handedly digitised thousands of cassettes and old 78's that span a ...

Nancy Ajram's husband shoots intruder dead in their home

The New Arab

Nancy Ajram's husband shoots intruder dead in their home

A black-clad intruder was shot dead by Dr Fadi El Hachem, the husband of superstar singer Nancy Ajram, in the couple's home in Lebanon.

Sarah Shaffi

Fatima Bhutto's New Kings of the World

Book Club: Fatima Bhutto's New Kings of the World is an astute, informative and addictive look at the globalisation of pop culture.

Hind Berji

China's Uighurs: A genocide in the making

China is sparing no effort in its attempt to erase any proof of its Uighur Muslim population.

The New Arab

Arabs hit the airwaves with new Berlin radio station

The local media council said Arabic programming would add to the diversity of radio offerings in the German capital.

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Saudi woman arrested for dancing at Riyadh concert

A young Saudi concert goer was accused of 'disrupting social etiquette' after a viral video showed her dancing in the traditional black abaya ...

Saudi boycott: Minaj shows western leaders how it's done

Wilson Dizard

Saudi boycott: Minaj shows western leaders how it's done

Comment: Nicki Minaj's decision not to perform in Saudi Arabia shows she has more of a backbone than most western leaders, writes Will Dizard.

The New Arab

Eurovision threatens 'consequences' after Palestinian flag makes appearance

Satirical Icelandic punk band Hatari raised Palestinian flags at Eurovision while Madonna's backing dancers displayed both Palestinian and ...

Eurovision ‘will punish’ Iceland band for showing Palestinian flag

The New Arab

Eurovision ‘will punish’ Iceland band for showing Palestinian flag

Satirical Icelandic punk band Hatari raised Palestinian flags at Eurovision while Madonna's backing dancers displayed both Palestinian and ...

'Like Apartheid': Spoof Madonna video urges Israel Eurovision boycott

The New Arab

'Like Apartheid': Spoof Madonna video urges Israel Eurovision boycott

London Palestine Action have released 'Like Apartheid', their third and final spoof music video calling for a boycott of the ...

Mashrou Leila light up London's Roundhouse in edgy defiance

Florence Dixon

Mashrou Leila light up London's Roundhouse in edgy defiance

'This is f***ing realness!': Lebanese band Mashrou Leila kick off their first UK tour at London's edgy venue Roundhouse with their charismatic ...

Oil meets honey: Mariah to perform in Saudi Arabia

The New Arab

Oil meets honey: Mariah to perform in Saudi Arabia

Mariah Carey and Sean Paul will take the stage at the King Abdullah Economic City along the Red Sea, north of the coastal city of Jeddah.

Ruqaya Izzidien

Arabs must confront anti-blackness, and Fares' Goumi proves it

Comment: Myriam Fares' latest music video feeds into anti-blackness, with few Arabs calling the Lebanese pop star out for the racist narrative in Goumi, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

The New Arab

Lebanon pop-star condemned for racist 'blackface' music video

A Lebanese pop-star has come under fire from social media users after releasing a music video in which she appears dressed in ...

Malia Bouattia

No Pride in Apartheid: It's time to #BoycottEurovision2019

Comment: The case for cultural boycott is directly linked to the erasure of Palestinian history and culture at the hands of the Israeli state, ...

The New Arab

'Silencing campaign': Moroccan activists target singer accused of rape

Social media activists have started a campaign to 'silence' Lamjarred under the hashtags #masaktach ("we will not be silenced") and ...

The lost city of Londonistan

Khaled Diab

The lost city of Londonistan

Comment: Despite reports that London has fallen prey to Islamic conquest, the city of my youth has morphed into an enviably cosmopolitan ...

Florence Dixon

The Ayoub Sisters: Egyptian-Scottish musical duo know no bounds

The New Arab Meets: The Ayoub Sisters, the classically trained multi-instrumentalists taking the crossover world by storm one catchy ...

Slave to Sirens: Middle East's first female metal band

Florence Massena

Slave to Sirens: Middle East's first female metal band

The New Arab Meets: An all-woman metal band breaking norms in Lebanon with a new sound. Florence Massena speaks to the women behind the ...

'Hopeless Nation': Meet Mosul’s first rap collective

Laurene Daycard and Sebastian Castelier

'Hopeless Nation': Meet Mosul’s first rap collective

The New Arab Meets: Iraqi hip-hop artists Zayn Adam, Boika, MC Reko and Yabangi who blame the US-led fight against the Islamic State ...

Watanili: Helping Syrian children reclaim their childhood

Raya al-Jadir

Watanili: Helping Syrian children reclaim their childhood

Society: Through art, film and education, Watanili is a grassroots initiative working to give traumatised Syrian children a dose of normal ...

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