Thursday, July 9, 2020

AFROTO - SEGARA | عفروتو - سجاره PROD BY MARWAN MOUSSA // Outta Egypt






ABIR, BLOSSOMS WITH “INFERNO”

ABIR (pic provided by Abir's Team)


Moroccan-American vocal powerhouse, ABIR makes a bold statement with her new single “Inferno”, along with a stunning visual that was filmed on location in a desert in Marrakesh. 


“Inferno” celebrates ABIR’s Moroccan roots, while director, Sharif Abdel Mawla, perfectly captures the essence of the “modern Arab woman”, ABIR self-proclaims to be. 

“Inferno” marks the first single from ABIR’s forthcoming EP, HEAT, slated for a late summer release. 

With its kinetic beat and lush string arrangement, the track serves as a potent introduction to the EP’s message of finding strength through self-celebration. “I’m a lot of things a Muslim Arab woman isn’t expected to be,” notes ABIR. 

“What she looks like, what she does, how she acts, how she feels, what she wants . . . The current narrative is uninformed and it’s honestly fucking boring.” 

HEAT sees ABIR infusing modern pop/R&B with the extraordinary sounds of her native Morocco, bridging her two worlds for reasons that extend far beyond simply music. Created in partnership with 2x GRAMMY® Award-nominee Mick Schultz (Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson), the EP is rich with lavish string work, complex rhythms, and commanding melodies, often sculpted with traditional North African instruments. Songs like “Inferno” are gorgeously textured and uniquely powerful, expertly spotlighting the NYC-based artist’s hypnotic vocal presence and intensely personal songcraft. 

ABIR has spent much of the past two years expanding her already-significant knowledge of Moroccan music, notably studying the Arabic scale to better integrate it into her own idiosyncratic take on pop and R&B. 

HEAT represents the culmination of years of growth and self-discovery for ABIR, a remarkable journey that extends to a blossoming new connection with the meaning of her name, an Arabic word (عبير) that translates as “fragrance of a flower.” 

So many things I’ve always talked about doing, I finally got to do with this project,” ABIR says. “I’m so comfortable in my skin, and I just want to share what I represent and what my culture is. I know that we have so much to offer the world, and I’m not afraid to get loud about it.

Show Love, Show Support

Watch Abir's Video below 


Sunday, June 28, 2020

Mesh Hastanna : Where Rap & Illustration Fight for Equality!

Still Frame from "Mesh Hastanna" - Provided by Rama


On June 26th, 2020, Musawah which is the global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim Family, launched a campaign that advocates to reform systems that oppress Muslim women and fights for equality and justice for all. 

With Egyptian Rapper Felukah on the mic & Syrian illustrator Rama on the Animation, the result is "Mesh Hastanna" which means " I Wont Wait" and it's a track that fights for equality...

I fell in love with the track, the music (that is actually produced by Felukah's brother Malik Elmessiry), the animation...

I had the honor to ask Musawah, Felukah and Rama few questions about song/campaign, please find the answers below and show love:-


Musawah: 

re-volt: Thank you for doing this. What inspired you to tackle this issue using rap and illustration? 

Musawah: We have been  advocating for equality and justice in Muslim families since 2009. This year, we launched the Campaign for Justice in Muslim Family Laws, bringing together activists, scholars, policy makers and civil society to advocate for the reform of discriminatory family laws and practices in Muslim contexts

As a knowledge-building movement, we have produced a lot of materials aimed at family law reform, but this Mesh Hastanna project was the first time we used rap and illustration together

It was a learning sprint of sorts, to turn our usual work on its head and come at it from a different angle—of culture, song and illustration—and reach new audiences, particularly young people 
who are engaged and mobilized to change our world for the better. 

We were introduced to Felukah through one of our national Advocates; she was passionate about the project from the get-go, Felukah in turn was a fan of Rama's on Instagram, and so it all came together quite naturally into what you see today!  





re-volt : In what way you think projects like these are needed to start changing minds? 

Musawah: The importance of projects like Mesh Hastanna, and artivism in general, is to inspire people to envision other ways of being and doing. As activists fighting for family law reform, we are coming up against centuries of patriarchal thinking and power structures that don't live up to the trajectory of justice in the Qur'an

The DNA of patriarchy is ingrained into our societies and families, and dismantling it can be arduous, long-term work, in part because it tackles sensitive issues of identity, religion, politics, power. 

But it's not enough to point out how our systems are broken; we have to make spaces and spark conversations to imagine alternatives. So we have to show women's stories in ways that resonate on a deeper level than facts, and that help us to change the discriminatory laws that govern our lives. 

Art, music, poetry, and culture give us other lenses through which to understand each other and the realities we deal with in our daily lives, which is especially crucial for making visible people on the margins and making heard voices previously silenced.

re-volt: it’s been 3 days since the project dropped, how’s the feedback from the public? 

Musawah: The feedback has been phenomenal! People have been playing the video on repeat, wanting to translate the lyrics into local languages, asking for the song as their ringtone and the illustrations as their wallpaper. 

The overwhelmingly positive responses show that this collaboration between Felukah, Malik El Messiry, Rama Duwaji and Musawah has tapped into a truth about gender injustice that resonates with people
It's a testament to the insightful and fantastic work these young artists have put into making this moving video together, and to the necessity of reforming Muslim laws and practices that discriminate against women and girls. 
Rama

re-volt: What was your initial thoughts when you first were approached to work on this project? 

Rama: When Musawah first approached me I was really enthusiastic about their campaign because they represent everything I stand for in terms of raising awareness about taboo issues in our communities and challenging the ideals that we have taken to be as norm in order to create new systems that work with Muslim women, not against them
I was also a little nervous because this was my first time doing a full length animation, but excitement took over nerves and it was a great challenge! I think the amazing vocals of Felukah really made it come to life.

re-volt: How did the illustration come to life, how long did it take you to complete it?

Rama: The animation is 2,500+ frames long and took me about a month and a half to finish the project, storyboard and all. 

Frame by frame animation can be a super time consuming method, lots of people prefer to animate using programs like Adobe After Effects, but to me, the hand made feeling that the frame by frame method creates gives the animation more character and life, so it was worth the labor. 
After listening to the song, I pitched the main storyboard to the team, they helped refine it and from there on out it was just about getting the work done, one scene at a time.




re-volt: In What Way You Think this campaign can make a change?

Rama: I think music and visual arts can each be so impactful and attention grabbing in raising awareness about important issues, so when they come together and intersect in the way that they do in the Mesh Hastanna project, hopefully it’ll create an open dialogue about Muslim women’s rights and shift how people see the outdated cultural norms in our communities.

It’s also really important to me that the project is primarily in Arabic, and Felukah did an amazing job in expressing the issues of the campaign all while rapping and singing it beautifully. 

I’m always in favor of making more content in Arabic because it never feels like there’s enough, and because I’m always cautious about making work that panders to western audiences, when the focus should be on our own communities. 

There are of course English subtitles and (hopefully) a universal visual language because the obvious matter of the fact is, not all Muslims speak Arabic and vice versa, so in addition to the English translations, I added familiar cues in the animation in order to be accessible and speak to not only a wider Muslim community but also everyone else.


Felukah


re-volt: When Musawah reached out to you and told you about the project, what were your initial thoughts?

Felukah: Initially when Musawah reached out to me and told me about the project, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to assist them, or I wasn’t sure I was the “right person” for this. 

The cause hit home, being that I am a Muslim woman myself who grew up witnessing countless injustices to the women around me and learning about the corrupt paradigm we operate in. 

I spoke to my mother who strongly encouraged me to challenge myself and write the song for the campaign— the minute I put myself in the headspace of urgency, calling for change and recollecting the experiences I (and those around me) went through, the lyrics started pouring out. My brother Malik Elmessiry caught the vibe and produced the music for this song.

re-volt: Thank you for using your talent to discuss such a topic. How long did it take you to write the song?

Felukah: I wrote the first draft of this song over the course of two nights, but I’ve been meticulously editing and redrafting the lyrics for precision in Arabic and accurate translations in English, for about three months now. It’s been a largely collaborative effort, the entire execution of this project.

re-volt: In your opinion, how much work needs to be on equality in the Middle-East?

Felukah: So much work needs to be done on equality in the Middle East.. I stand by the notion that revolution begins at home and then extends to the streets, the institutions, and finally can change policy. We need to work on our own wiring, as innovative thinkers, artists, or conscious members of any society that desperately needs change. Once our perspective has changed and we’ve come to view social issues as urgent opportunities to build culture, we develop a closeness with the cause we’re fighting for and wind up seeing it through. That is the aim, in my eyes at least.


re-volt: The song addresses the issue and also addresses the fact that a problem like this wont work itself out.. In Your opinion and as the writer for he song, I believe you already contributed to more awareness on this issue, but as felukah, what are the steps needed on ground beyond music to eradicate such mentality?

Felukah: That’s a good question. I definitely don’t think these deep-rooted issues in Muslim societies will just magically fix themselves, and I also recognize that it’ll take the combined, collaborative effort of everyone involved (and even everyone *not* involved) to speak up and create enough momentum to instigate real reform. 

Looking beyond music, what this entails is internalizing ideas of assertiveness and confidence in women, highlighting the efforts of men who are supporting the deconstruction of corrupt institutions/ideals, and emphasizing the importance of community building and solidarity. The more we can empathize and learn to see each other fully, the more this reliability will carry over to other facets of life and move us (collectively) to pursue the ongoing fight for equality.

Watch the full video below and stream it on Music Platforms, 
let the voice and actions of this campaign reach, push it, be LOUD about when you do so...

Super salute and love to Felukah, Rama, Malik and of course Musawah for putting this together. I am truly inspired..





Musawah is the global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family. Since launching in 2009 in Malaysia, Musawah has built a knowledge-based global movement, bringing together activists, policy makers and scholars to challenge the ways Islam is used to justify discriminations against women in law and practice, and to offer a rights-based discourse and framework to advocate for equality and justice for women and marginalised groups living in Muslim contexts.
For more information on the Campaign for Justice and to join our campaign, visit www.musawah.org/campaign-for-justice. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

بو كلثوم X بيج هاس




فخور جدا بمقابلتي مع الفنان االسوري "بو كلثوم" تحت مظلة "بكل اب" اللي هو بودكاست بدأته من سنتين 

المقابلة جزئين ... الجزء الاول و اللي هي المقابلة الرسمية مع بو كلثوم و الجزء الثاني هي أسألة من الجمهور
اتمنى تعجبكم 



Thursday, May 21, 2020

Etymology Records release new lo-fi compilation BARISTA BEATS




I've always been a fan of "Lo-fi Beats", ever since I started listening to music. There's so much tranquility in the space when a Lofi-beat is playing in the background. I for one love to listen and work/write only when listening to these kinda of beats, so IMAGINE my excitement when Etymology Records dropped a new lo-fi compilation entitled "BARISTA BEATS"...


The New York based label drop a stunning 20 track compilation showcasing the best new lo-fi, jazz-hop & chill-hop beats. 

Living in a period of time where people are unable to go to cafes, Etymology Records’ debut album is a concept album bringing together 18 lo-fi producers for an “audio barista”
Each producer creates a unique beverage and portrays it into sound form, resulting in a menu within a virtual coffee house. 

BARISTA BEATS provides you with the perfect soundtrack for studying, chilling, walking, meditating, whatever your vibe. 
Sit back, relax and be transported to a new level of chill. 

Home to producers such as Jazzinuf (US) BROCKBEATS (Japan) & Sebastian Kamae (The Netherlands), this global label features the finest lo-fi artists who clock up millions of monthly listeners on Spotify and are staple features in Spotify’s flagship chilled mood playlists such as Lo-Fi Beats, Jazz Vibes & Mellow Beats.

Give yourself and your ear-drum the pleasure of listening to this now!



“Established in 2019 and headquartered in New York City, Etymology Records is a creative collective that focuses its production on instrumental hip hop music. Our first release was my own album published under my stage name “Jazzinuf”, specifically my 9th Album, “Miracle of the Fishes”. Within 5 months we have garnered over 2.5 million streams on Spotify, collecting over 400,000 monthly listeners. 


The musicians of Etymology Records all have one thing in common, they all follow the formula of making timeless music. We aim to make music catering for all generations of people including the people of the far future and those who prefer the sounds of the past. Our initial efforts have been to build a bridge to help Hip-hop and House to reconnect back with their mutual ancestor, Jazz and possibly reunite other genres back to their roots”

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Meet Dj Michelle: 8 Year Old Sensation !!


First time I met/saw Dj Michelle play was actually on her instagram which you should go and follow NOW!, I was like "OH WOW!!" and that led me to follow her and I eventually crossed paths with her dad "Dj Shock", I fell in love with how talented she is.. at only 6 years old (when I know about her), she's 8 now and has big dreams, I sent her few questions, so here it goes, 
Show Love & Show Support.. 


Re-Volt: Hi Michelle, Thank you for being on Re-Volt Blog. We love you. Dj Michelle: Hi Big Hass! Thank you for your continuous support as well as the chance to be on your Blog. 

Re-Volt:You posted that video of you Djing with your dad when you were 2 !! Mashallah, how do you feel now that you look back at it? 

Dj Michelle: It feels funny to see myself as a toddler who was trying to scratch and pressing all those colorful buttons :) And of course it’s amazing to see the progress I made through all these years :))






Re-Volt:Do you have favorite artists to play? 

Dj Michelle:Yes, my favorite artist is Michael Jackson and I play his songs in almost all my sets. 

Re-Volt: Outside Djing, what do you do for fun? 

Dj Michelle: I love dancing, singing, making up stories, producing beats and doing some science experiments. I also love karate and basketball. 

Re-Volt: There are many celebrities that reposted your videos, which celebrity were you happy the most to see them hear about you? 

Dj Michelle: Definitely Missy Elliott and Chris Brown. 

Re-Volt:Do you get messages from kids that also wana be Dj's? and if so, what are these messages saying? 

Dj Michelle: Yes, I receive a lot of messages from all around the world, both from kids and adults. All of them are saying that I inspire them a lot and ask me the questions about equipment.





Re-Volt:Whats your dream? 

Dj Michelle: My biggest dream is to become the youngest World DMC Champion. 

Re-Volt:Whats the hardest thing about being a Dj? 

Dj Michelle: I don’t see any difficulties in DJing. When you passionate about what you do, you can achieve anything. Love, practice and dedication will improve your skills and help you reach higher level every time. 

Re-Volt: Question to Mom/Dad: How do you feel about the success that Michelle has been having? :) 

Parents Of Michelle: We’ve never imagined that Michelle would become a DJ at this young age. Seeing her success makes us feel very happy and proud. And also we feel responsibility about being the parents of this talented little girl. We are ready to help Michelle developing her talents and will support her in everything she wants to do. Thank you





Friday, April 24, 2020

Palestinian/Lebanese Rapper anees releases his first song "Neverland Fly"


anees

To be honest, I find it really refreshing to chat with a rapper like "anees" who is half Palestinian/half Lebanese based in Washington DC, USA. He's someone that brings a lot of positivity and great vibes through his instagram posts/stories and LIVES....So, it makes total sense to me to feature him on Re-Volt the moment he decided to drop "officially" his first single on streaming platforms... He's good people and I do love his flow, lyrics, it brings me joy listening to him...

I caught up with anees the moment he released his song "Neverland Fly" which you can stream anywhere now and watch the video posted below... I am posting this now, and the song has been out for couple of weeks now and I am loving the reaction hes been getting, he also just told me that he will be working with "ThanksJoey" ,  one of the dopest producers at the moment that works closely with nikohigh, Narcy and Offendum ...


To Re-Volt readers, followers and supporters.. I introduce to you ...
anees..


Re-Volt: Give re-volt readers a quick intro about you, where you from, when did you start rapping, what got you into it? 

anees: I'm Anees. I am a hip hop/indie pop artist from the Washington DC area. I've been rapping since a young age. I started freestyling at 15 but I only began my pursuit of a career as a hip-hop artist last January. 

RE-VOLT:Watching your stories and videos has always given me positive vibes, it is the "way you rap", your "Flow", the topics you discuss in your writing. How did the love for writing start? Who inspires you? 

anees:Man, my love for writing began with a love for words. I grew up on word games. Smart Mouth, Scrabble, Boggle, crossword puzzles, you name it. Finding ways to play with words, letters, syllables, has always been a rush for me. When I'm crafting rhyme schemes and word-smithing, I am truly alive. I'm inspired by artists who do the same, the elite lyricists of music. And I'm not just talking about rappers or singers, I draw inspiration from any writer who weaves wonder from words. I've drawn inspiration from Nas, Eminem, J. Cole, Immortal Technique, Los, Kanye, Bill Withers, John Mayer, Jim Croce, India Arie, the list goes on. And, of course, we cannot have a discussion about inspired writing without at least reverencing the true GOAT, Khalil Gibran. 

RE-VOLT: You just released your first single "Neverland Fly" , how do you feel? i know its been 2 days, but if you can explain the process of releasing this first song? How long did it take you to actually take this step? (im so proud of you)(this was sent 2 days after he released the track)

anees:  It's surreal to have my own song streaming on major platforms. I'm still processing the experience and taking it all in. It took about 15 months to get to this juncture of my journey. I'm grateful and humbled to be where I'm at. I'm trying to be mindful and enjoy the moment, but also making sure to remember that my next single has to be on deck. 




RE-VOLT: One of the great things about your content is the fact that you always consistent, how hard is it to maintain that consistency? 

anees: To be honest, it's not hard at all. I'm hungry. I wan't this bad. When I love something, when I'm truly passionate about something, there is nothing else I'd rather do. I can't do anything less than everything I can do. Every second spent working on my craft is thrilling. Every step I take in this journey is a micro-adventure. A story within a story. It's crazy easy to be consistent, when you're living your dreams. 

RE-VOLT: Do you miss Vlogging? And will you go back to it? :) 

anees: I'm surprised you even knew about my vlog, lol. Yeah man, I low-key do miss vlogging. Vlogging was my first step into a full-time creative life. It holds a dear place in my heart. The time I spent vlogging was so formative to me as visionary and as a creative. I will definitely make more vlogs at some point, maybe once I'm touring... Hopefully that means soon. 



RE-VOLT: As you know, I am a big supporter of the Arabic Hip-Hop movement, who are your fav rappers from Arabia? 

anees: If we're including Arab rappers living in the Western Hemisphere, I gotta go with my OG's: Offendum and Narcy. While we're talking on OG's I love me some DAM, and you can't understate their influence on the craft in the homeland. Another artist who comes to mind is BiGSaM. A friend put me on to his music this past year and I was taken back by the remarkable balance he carries between a venomous flow and groovy rhythm. 

RE-VOLT:It seems that you have many many songs written, what made you decide to release your first single with 'Neverland Fly"? 

anees: I just knew I had to get my first song streaming. I have 12 other complete songs that are waiting in the pipeline, but you've got to start with one step. "Neverland Fly" is that one step for me. It was the splash I needed to get my feet wet, to introduce me to listeners, and to get the ball rolling. I made the decision a while ago, but I needed help to get the timing right. Shoutout to my homies Tantu Beats and Zak G for engineering this track and helping me get it across the finish line.

RE-VOLT:You help people with your music. Who helps you? 

anees: Everybody. I believe in humanity. I think we all help each other. I believe we are all connected in ways we will never fully understand. Interactions with others bring me joy. So everybody helps me. And as much as I may help my listeners, they help me tenfold. I think my followers/FAM base and I have a very symbiotic relationship. I am blessed by them in ways I could never deserve. But if I had to pick one person, my wife is my greatest help, hands down. She supports the vision and embraces all the madness that comes with it. She makes this music journey possible. Without her, there is no way we are even having this interview in the first place. 




RE-VOLT:How does the family feel about your music? and what was the Best Reaction you received from your fans? 

anees: They are extremely supportive. Borderline fanatical. I couldn't be more blessed in that regard. They have probably plugged my music to a cumulative million people by now. No lie. Oh man, the best reaction? I received crazy amounts of love, but I think the best reaction was my mom's. She's the president of the fanclub. When I got back home from my IG live song-release listening party, which I hosted in my car till about 2AM, she was waiting at the front door to welcome me home with a glass of scotch. That's the winner. 

RE-VOLT: Does your Arab Background play a role in your music? If so, will we ever see you use that in future releases? 

anees: I believe my background DOES play a role in my music, in the sense that my culture informed many of my values and views on the world. I am never afraid to make reference to my Arab Background and I'm proud to promote my people and my culture. I don't know how explicitly that comes across in my music, but we shall see. The future is a mystery but I'm open minded to collabo with artists from homeland, that would be incredibly special


RE-VOLT: Tell re-volt something NOT a lot of people know about you... 

anees: I am a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Virginia. But I have never spent a day practicing, nor do I ever intend to.
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