Music

6 Videos
Interviews / Dubai, UAE 01:47
Izzy : Freshly Ground Sounds

Born out of a need to promote non-commercial sounds, the music collective Freshly Ground Sounds, founded by Ismat ‘Izzy’ Abidi, has been giving independent artists a chance to showcase their talent, while supporting local start ups with free gigs that bring music lovers together.

Interviews / France 03:07
Hindi Zahra

Brownbook catches up with Moroccan singer Hindi Zahra in Paris

Interviews / New York, USA 05:34
Oddisee

Rapper and producer Oddisee talks to Brownbook on diaspora identity and how his music is shaped by everything from field hymns to Khartoum wedding music

Interviews / Dubai, UAE 03:35
The Narcicyst

Based in Montreal but with strong ties to Dubai and the Middle East, The Narcicyst combines lyrical flow with an educated meaning. Hip-Hop has become a veritable tool of communication and empowerment for The Narcicyst as he sees few equals in the prevalent topics that surround the community.

Interviews / Lebanon
Charbel Harber

As one of the few prominent Lebanese rock bands out there, Scrambled Eggs and Charbel Haber have effectively blazed a trail of empowerment and inspiration through the region. With an agenda of Rock, the Lebanese and Middle Eastern community can enjoy a strong ally in the cause of music and creativity.

Interviews / Egypt 03:45
Fathy Salama

Grammy award-winning jazz musician, Fathy Salama has established himself as an influential force in the Egyptian music scene. He is most known for bridging the gap between modern and traditional music through performances with artists from different countries such as American jazz musician, Al Di Meola.

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Interviews / Beirut, Lebanon 04:42
Amar A. Zahr

Artist and founder of the Beirut Art Residency, Amar A Zahr explains the importance of dialogue between artists and how residencies leave their imprint in the local community.

Interviews / Beirut, Lebanon 02:50
Lara Khoury

Fashion designer Lara Khoury on her latest collection LK Beirut and Lebanon as a driving force for creativity.

Interviews / Bahrain 02:59
Wafa Alobaidat

From managing four companies to training for the Ironman Triathlon, the Bahraini entrepreneur takes a minute to talk about starting out

Interviews / Muscat, Oman 03:53
Fatma Al Nabhani

Oman’s tennis player Fatma Al Nabhani finding solitude outside the court in her country’s sprawling landscapes

Interviews / Sharjah, UAE 03:37
Tarik Al Zaharna

Architect Tarik Al Zaharna explores his approach to materiality and space in the coastal Emirati town of Kalba.

Interviews / Bahrain 03:32
Noura Al Sayeh

Young architect Noura Al Sayeh is changing the face of Bahrain by rehabilitating its existing urban fabric

More Interviews

6 Videos
Interviews / Dubai, UAE 03:35
The Narcicyst

Based in Montreal but with strong ties to Dubai and the Middle East, The Narcicyst combines lyrical flow with an educated meaning. Hip-Hop has become a veritable tool of communication and empowerment for The Narcicyst as he sees few equals in the prevalent topics that surround the community.

Interviews / London, UK 02:38
Salma Tuqan

Salma Tuqan has earned respect and admiration for her work in promoting and curating Middle Eastern art. Having worked as the Artistic Director at Contemparabia amounng other notable exploits, she in undoubtedly an important contributor to the Middle Eastern art landscape.

Interviews / UK 03:14
Mourad Mazouz

The multi-faceted Mourad Mazouz has successfully teetered both the lines of food and fashion. At the heart of it all lies a personality who has a strong understanding of his culture’s intricacies as he boasts Momo as one of his latest successes.

Interviews / Cairo, Egypt 03:31
Studio Zafir

A Cairo-based initiative to encourage creativity and set up by three founders – Nada Abdel Salam, Noha Zayed and Ahmed Kamel – Studio Zafir is a concept store that offers funky home-grown Egyptian products designed by a wide range of artists and designers. The founders stock their T-shirt brand, Zafir which come in witty slogans referencing Egyptian pop culture and social issues.

Interviews / Istanbul, Turkey 03:28
Alex Varlik

Once a lawyer in Paris, Varlik moved to Istanbul to found Georges, a brand new hotel housed in Istanbul’s most historic building and surrounded by a range of stores, restaurants and cafes just a few steps to the Galata Tower.

Interviews / London, UK 03:41
Alia Al-Senussi

Born in Washington DC to a Libyan father and American mother, Alia Al-Senussi is part of the Tate Committee for Middle Eastern and North African Acquisitions. Having worked in commercial art for three years, she has immersed herself in the world of non-profit art education. She is helping to integrate Libya into the art and culture boom that the Middle East has experienced.