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Boogie Baladi

This program is dedicated to the boogie - a survey on disco influenced Arabic music from the late 70s to early 80s, featuring some of the most popular tracks from this period as well as lesser known underground kitchy bootlegs. Prepare yourself for infectious break beats, electrified buzuqs, suped-up synths, and possessed accordians; all culled from a rich sonic tapestry of vinyl, cassettes, mp3s, and VHS transfers.

Featuring tracks by Ezzat Abu Auf & Furqa 4M, Baligh Hamdi, Hassan Abou El Seoud, Mohamed Cherif & Maya El Moghrabi, Salem El Hajj, Setrak, Warda, Matar Mohamed, Samara Said, Maya Yazbek, Etab, Nicolas El Dick, Jacques Kodjian, Ihsan Al Munzer, Jean Kassapian, Assad Khoury, and Ahmed Fakrun.


Electric Kahraba


Kahraba is an electric force that pulls the world together -Halim El Dabh Perpetually searching for unique sounds that create the make-up of independent Middle Eastern Music, J. Namy aka Electric Kahraba, brings together contemporary and traditional music from the region. Compiling mixed soundtracks with songs and artists from obscure places, such as bootlegged music from Dubai to old Khaliji folk songs, Namy asks conceptual questions and challenges traditional notions of a uniform playlist. He also invites musicians and record label producers onto the show, where they engage in conversations about promoting music in their respective countries. The program is produced in Beirut, Lebanon and made available here in partnership with J. Namy.