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The New Arab Meets: Palestinian singer-songwriter Bashar Murad who uses his music to confront conservative norms, the Israeli occupation, and LGBT+ rights in the Middle East.

The New Arab Meets: Palestinian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rasha Nahas, to talk more about the release of her highly anticipated debut album Desert.

Filipino bands feel the pain amid coronavirus in Dubai

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Filipino bands feel the pain amid coronavirus in Dubai

Filipino bands, a mainstay of nightlife across the Gulf and Asia, face an uncertain fate as the Covid-19 pandemic draws crowds away from clubs.

Iranian metal <em>band</em> escape country following 15-year prison term

The New Arab Staff

Iranian metal band escape country following 15-year prison term

All three members of the Iranian heavy metal band Arsames have managed to escape the country after being sentenced to 15 years ...

Jordan's independent music scene turns crisis into opportunity

Victoria Silva

Jordan's independent music scene turns crisis into opportunity

Independent artists in Jordan are finding ways to overcome the challenges of lockdown as coronavirus wreaks havoc on the global music industry.

Yousif Nur

Tamikrest: Desert blues in the longing for Tuareg freedom

The New Arab Meets: Saharan desert blues band Tamikrest, whose fifth album Tamotaït offers songs of freedom and resistance from the painful longing of exile.

The New Arab

Qatar-based US university cancels Mashrou' Leila event after backlash

An American university's Qatar campus was forced to cancel an event featuring Lebanese indie band Mashrou' Leila after hostile ...

Florence Dixon

Lebanese fusion maestros Adonis bring protest spirit to London

The New Arab Meets: Adonis, the four-piece Lebanese band taking their fusion of old Arabic classics and pop-rock anthems from ...

The New Arab

Palestine's Le Trio Joubran feature on Coldplay's new album

Le Trio Joubran is an oud playing group of the Joubran brothers. Hailing from Nazareth, they play traditional Palestinian music.

Lebanon organises protest concert after Mashrou' Leila 'blasphemy' ban

Karim Safieddine

Lebanon organises protest concert after Mashrou' Leila 'blasphemy' ban

In response to the cancellation of Mashrou' Leila's Byblos concert, independent activist groups organised a free gig entitled 'The Sound of ...

The New Arab & agencies

Dutch band pulls out of Lebanon festival in protest

Within Temptation joined other activists in protest after festival organisers last week pulled Lebanese indie group Mashrou' Leila from the ...

Eurovision brings Israel's record on LGBT+ rights to forefront

Jad Salfiti

Eurovision brings Israel's record on LGBT+ rights to forefront

If Israel is as tolerant as it purports to be, the question is for whom? Certainly, not LGBT+ Palestinians nor LGBT+ African asylum seekers it ...

The future of Egypt and uniting the youth

Karsen Breanne

The future of Egypt and uniting the youth

Egypt's youth should find a way to put aside their differences in favour of becoming a unified front in the face of oppression, writes Karsen ...

Award-winning British <em>rock</em> <em>band</em> join boycott of Eurovision

The New Arab

Award-winning British rock band join boycott of Eurovision

The alternative rock band Wolf Alice have joined calls for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019, saying that ...

Egypt police checking for rainbow flags at pyramids concert

The New Arab

Egypt police checking for rainbow flags at pyramids concert

The raising of a LGBT flag at a 2017 Mashrou' Leila concert in Egypt led to dozens of arrests.

Sarah Khalil

Arab or Copt? Rami Malek Oscar win sparks debate

An Oscar win for American-Egyptian actor Rami Malik's has seen his identity as a member of Egypt's Coptic minority come under the spotlight.

The New Arab & agencies

After IS, boys leave Syria with Pink Floyd help

Two boys from Trinidad were returned to their mother after being kidnapped and brought to Syria by their father, a member of IS.

The New Arab & agencies

Rockers Of Montreal boycott Israel music festival, denounce 'apartheid'

The indie rock band follows the pop singer Lana Del Rey in leaving the three-day Meteor festival, which opens on Thursday in ...

Rami Almeghari

Young musician strikes a chord with Gaza's instrument store

The New Arab Meets: Raji Aljaru, a 24-year-old Gaza-based musician who has been welcoming customers into his instrument store in the Gaza Strip.

Aspiring insurgent turned singer goes viral in Kashmir

Aijaz Nazir

Aspiring insurgent turned singer goes viral in Kashmir

Mohammad Altaf Ahmad Mir has become famous after his song blew up on social media.

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 ...

The exile of Emel Mathlouthi, voice of Tunisia's youth

Jordan Elgrably

The exile of Emel Mathlouthi, voice of Tunisia's youth

Having found fame as the musical embodiment of the revolution, the singer is looking beyond the confines of 'world music', writes Jordan ...

Rights group slams Egypt’s media blackout on homosexuals

The New Arab & agencies

Rights group slams Egypt’s media blackout on homosexuals

An international rights group has slammed an Egyptian media regulatory body’s order prohibiting homosexuals or their slogans from appearing on ...

Egypt escalates LGBTI crackdown with fresh wave of arrests

The New Arab

Egypt escalates LGBTI crackdown with fresh wave of arrests

Egyptian authorities arrest 22 people over three days, stepping up a campaign of persecution against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ...

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