Status/الوضع (Music)

In this interview with El Kontessa, Huda Asfour highlights her trajectory from visual arts and graphic design to becoming one of Cairo's most sought after DJ's. Experimenting with Shabi music and Mahraganaat to produce fresh mixes with a clear identity is what sets El Kontessa apart.

Direct download: El_Kontessa_FINAL.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Status host Omar Shanti traces Raï throughout its history from its inception in the 1930’s until the early 2000’s. This podcast episode will analyze Raï not as a strictly musical phenomenon, but as a vehicle for articulating and embodying complex narratives. In the tradition of Schade-Poulsen (1999), it will treat Raï as a total social fact defined by the situated practices of performance and listening - which in the age of records also translate to production and consumption.

Direct download: Transgressive_Imaginaries_-_Nation_and_Identity_through_Rai.m4a
Category:Music -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Rapper and Producer Hani al-Sawah (aka Al-Darwish) talks about his first complimentary rap battle, against Synaptik, that took place in The Arena ME Beirut.

Tracks sampled in this interview:


زمن المسخ

Interviewed by Mohammed Ali-Nayel
June 16th 2018 | Arabic

Direct download: Darwish_MoAli_Master_1_1.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Rapper and Producer Nasser Shorbaji (aka Chyno) unpacks the Middle East's 1st official Rap Battle League in Beirut.

Direct download: Mo_rapper_Master_1.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Between Damascus and London, Hamsa Mounif, a rising Syrian singer, has established a lot in a short period of time. She participated in several concerts both in Syria and around the world. She left Syria to England looking for better opportunities. She is trying to survive there, despite nostalgia and homesickness.

Interviewed by Raghad Al Makhlouf
July 23rd, 2018 | Arabic

Direct download: Raghad_HamsaMounif_Final_Master_1.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:29pm EST

Status host Raghad Al Makhlouf speaks with Lubana Al Quntar, a Syrian opera singer from Suwayda (a Druze stronghold south of Damascus), who had to flee the country because of her political opinions. Al Quntar has lived in the United States since 2011 and describes the difficulties and challenges she faced both personally and professionally in this transition.

Direct download: Lubana_Raghad_Master_1_1.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 11:51am EST

Meet Lebanese composer, producer and guitarist for the band Kinematik, Anthony Sahyoun or Mme Chandelier. Rather, Anthony Sahyoun with Mme Chandelier. The two are interchangeable - the same person, yet two sides to the same coin.

February 22nd, 2018 | English
Interviewed by Paola C. Messina

Direct download: AnthonySahyoun_Clean_Master_1.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 7:00am EST

A well-known figure in the tight-knit Beirut music scene is Fadi Tabbal - a Lebanese-born musician, band manager and engineer who founded Tunefork Recording Studios in Burj Hammoud. In this conversation, Fadi speaks of his decision to return to Beirut after studying in Canada, current projects, and his hopes for the future of the city's music scene.

Direct download: FadiTabbal_Clean_Master.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Dr. Nahid Siamdoust is the author of “Soundtrack of the Revolution:The Politics of Music in Iran”.

Interviewed by Malihe Razazan

Status host Malihe spoke with Dr. Siamdoust about her work and some of the most important songs that continue to define modern Iran.

Direct download: Music_in_Iran.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Diya Azzony is a Saudi Arabian jazz and rock fusion guitarist and founder of record label Libra Productions.

Abdullah Filfilan is a saxophonist and collaborator of Azzony's in the band Hejazz.

Interviewed by Paola Messina
April 5th, 2017| English

In this episode of Status's "The Indie and Alt-Music Scene in the Arab World", Diya Azzony and Abdullah Filfilan share their thoughts on the current state of the independent music scene in Saudi Arabia.

Direct download: Azzony_Filfilan.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Yasmine Hamdan

Hosted by Paola Messina

Direct download: Yasmine_Hamdan_Final.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:53pm EST

Ghalia Ben Ali

Hosted by Huda Asfour

Direct download: Ghalia_Ben_Ali_Final.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:52pm EST

Emel Mathlouthi

Hosted by Huda Asfour

Direct download: Emel_Mathlouthi_Final.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:51pm EST

Hosted by Moe Ali Nayel

Direct download: Shad_3asab.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 1:41pm EST

Beshar al-Azzawi

Interviewed by Dima Yassine

Direct download: Behsar_al-Azzzawi_Final.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 11:10pm EST

Hani al-Sawah

Interviewed by Moe Ali Nayel

Direct download: MC_Darwish_Final.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 10:50pm EST

Nova Emad

Interviewed by Dima Yassine

Direct download: Nova_Emad_Final.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 10:42pm EST

Samer Jaradat, Terez Sleiman, Mahmoud Jrere, Shurouq Qawariq, Mohammed Najem, Anas al-Najjar, Ibrahim al-Najjar, Ismael Daoud, Khamis Abushaban

Hosted by Huda Asfour

Direct download: Music_Production_In_Palestine_2.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 7:06pm EST

Bassel Kassem

Interviewed by Tania El Khoury

Direct download: Bassel_Kassem.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 6:16pm EST

Sobhi al-Zobaidi

Interviewed by Dima Yassine 

Direct download: Sobhi_al-Zobaidi.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 5:22pm EST

Kinda Hassan and Khyam Allami, interviewed by Huda Asfour, 19 December 2014 [Arabic].

Direct download: Music_Segment-Huda.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:56pm EST

Ramy Essam, interviewed by Bassam Haddad, 23 November 2014 [Arabic]. 

Direct download: Ramy_Essam_Final.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 9:08pm EST