Friday, September 11, 2020

Swerte From The Recipe releases his first solo song! 🇦🇪🇮🇩

One-Third of the rap group "The Recipe", Swerte, has released his first solo project/song. "Esso" a song produced by Mjeezy and features UAE based-Somali rapper Freek & Indonesian rapper Saykoji. The track blends both the UAE & Indonesia which is something I personally am always with!

Had a quick chat with Swerte about the record, check it out below:-

re-volt: It took a long time for you to release a solo song, salute to you for the career you had/having in music. Take us through the process and feeling about releasing your own work solo? 

Swerte: Thanks! To be honest, I’m kind of surprised myself by how long it took to actually put a song out commercially and it only clicked in my head when I had it uploaded and ready to go before I was about to click “Send” that, damn! it’s taken me 22 years to do this! 

I guess I always felt like I wanted to understand the Industry as best as I can before I released anything that people would pay for. It was kind of a similar process with The Recipe and it took us a long time before we released our debut album but I think that experience helped give me the confidence to do this. Especially with the team that I have supporting this release. It’s been emotional. Starting as a young teen and nearing 40 before releasing something properly.


re-volt: how did you choose the artists you collaborated with on this track. What was the reason behind selecting them to go to this new territory for you? 

Swerte: I have so much respect for the two of them. Seeing Freek grow to the artist that he is has been so inspiring and humbling to know that, as The Recipe, we had a small part of that. Saykoji I’ve never actually met but I’ve known him for so long because of his music back home in Indonesia and I learn so much from watching what he does. 

Its super inspiring to see someone be completely independent and make a living the way he does with his art. So when it came to finalizing this track and making it complete, I knew i wanted to ask these 2 artists to work on it with me. The fact that they both said yes when they heard the song only boosted my confidence more so I knew I was doing the right thing leading with this. 

re-volt: bridging Indonesia & UAE together on one track. How did the idea of the track come about and how has the reaction been a far? 

Swerte: I’ve been working on a lot of songs with the idea of bringing my two worlds together. Working with artists from the home where I currently live and artists from the home where I was born and grew up. Both places shaped me and the artists from both homes play such an important part in my life. It’s been amazing seeing the reactions online and especially how people have accepted the track despite it having 3 different languages on it. I hit over 20k plays on Spotify in 20 days which was a huge milestone for me personally. At this age, I’m sure you know how great it feels knowing people appreciate your work in a field where youth dominates and many times dictates whats dope or not. 

re-volt: any exclusive news you can share with re-volt about upcoming projects ?

Swerte: Im working with you!!! We got something really dope in the pipeline that also bridges many borders and I can’t wait to share that with everyone!!

Also got the below quote from the producer of the song "Mjeezy" about working with Swerte:-

“Working with Swerte was such a thrilling experience. I grew up listening to The Recipe and I watched them build the music scene from the ground up first hand. So to be able to be a part of a project like this was such an honor. And to be able to help Swerte release his first single as a solo artist was very exciting. Needless to say that having two legends from the UAE and Indonesia such as freek and saykoji bless the track with their features was an even more mind blowing addition to the whole process. So in summary, I’m very proud of the song and how it came out. And I’m even more proud and thankful to Swerte for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the scene’s history with this joint. Finally, I’m grateful to everyone that’s shown the track love and support and to you (hass) especially, for your constant support of this track as well as all the other great music that we, or all the other artists within the region, put out”

Check out the song below. 

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Friday, August 28, 2020

Bu Kolthoum in a message of GRATITUDE !

Syrian Artist Bu Kolthoum who is based in Holland at the moment strikes again with a hard-hitter song "Mamnoun" which means "Gratitude" in Arabic". The song discusses many things and maybe gives out mixed signals about his life and his dreams, but the way he did the song was pure genius in my opinion. Maybe he's discussing the Butterfly Theory..Maybe not...

What's amazing is that we have an Arab Artist that ain't afraid to let his emotions out and he finds comfort in the music, music heals him and in that aspect, the music he makes heals people too..

Watching the video and listening to the track, one can see that there are so many references, I see a "lullaby" reference at the beginning, i see a "Mahmoud Darwish" reference with the "Butterfly", I see a "home/country" reference in addition to the mother reference that can also circle back to his "motherland".

Or maybe we are all over-analyzing ... but that art is all about, to provoke thoughts and make us think, sometimes its to shake booty, sometimes its to shake the mind..

Beautiful track, powerful video.

What do you get from it?

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Watch the full video below

Friday, July 24, 2020

Arab Femcees

Ever since I started re-volt back in '08, I've always been vocal about the lack of Arab females rappers, so in hopes to just encourage and highlight that aspect, below is a list/database of Arab Females Rappers "Arab Femcees" for you to check out and show love to!

  • Amaani (Yemen)

  • Amy Roko (KSA)

  • Bnya (Kuwait) & Moon (Saudi)

  • Felukah (Egypt/USA)

  • JARA (Saudi)

  • Khtek (Algeria)

  • Little G Fresh (Lebanon/USA)

  • Malikah (Lebanon/Algeria)

  • Manal (Morocco)

  • Maysa Daw (Palestine)

  • Medusa TN (Tunisia)

  • Meryem Saci (Algeria/Canada)

  • Mona Haydar (Syria/USA)

  • N1yah (Lebanon)

  • Nadine (Sudan)

  • NAYOMI (Iraq/Syria)

  • Perrie (Egypt/Morroco)

  • Queen G (Kuwait)

  • Ranoosh (Sudan) 

  • Shadia Mansour (Palestine/UK)

  • Taffy Raps (Egypt)

  • VENUS (Lebanon)

  • Yukka (Egypt)

Moroccan Rapper SNOR is taking us on a VIBE !!

Masked On, Vibes and pure genius video content.
Check out this video & song by Moroccan Rapper SNOR

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Moroccan Rapper ElGrandeToto hits us with "Confiné" | Prod. by OldyGotTheSound

Mental Track! 
The song/freestyle is taken from his upcoming album ROOMTAPE.

Production is crazy!

Thursday, July 9, 2020

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


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.

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Watch Abir's Video below