beirut remains a city in pain folloing the aug explosion in its port. a new crop of ♫ compilations has arrived benefiting indie relief efforts, including from lebanese and arabic artists.
this yr has brought so much challenge and loss to so many; i know that defaulting to ♫ compilations can seem itself empty and that there can even be a sense that the ♫ media is capitalizing on sympathy for events. atta same time, wha’ somd' artists responding to crises ‘ve told me s'dat these activities ‘ve been emotional outlets. na benefits can ‘ve material impacts. i’ll share some + details, but for instance, rabih beaini’s morphine records compilation generated $$$ to buy wata and food.
na ♫ s'been extraordinary. there’s something ♥ening bout pplz expressing feelings in sound rather than remaining silent and hopeless. so thx to everyone – pticularly those o-u who managed to do this inna midst of goin through personal grief round the event. n'it’s also evident that the electronic ♫ scene that had previously been so centered onna usa and western € is now + interconnected with beirut. these are our friends now who are impacted.
so onna the ♫.
most significantly, international outlet ma3azef s'been pioneering ♫ journalism inna arabic language, offering the kind of crit and curatorial work that so often writers feel confined to produce 1-ly in english. their arabic staff has assembled a suitably broad-spectrum lineup for their compilation. full text o'their statement belo (and if ye do read arabic, definitely check out their reprtage and let us know yr thoughts).
folloing mnths of social unrest and imminent financial collapse, preceded by yrs of corruption and incompetence onna pt of the lebanese state, the unimaginable happened. na' balmy aug 4th afternoon, a series of explosions in a warehouse atta port of beirut left somd' most vibrant pts of the city entirely or ptially destroyed. with + than 200 deaths and thousands of injuries, hundreds of thousands of pplz ‘ve lost their homes and livelihoods. almost a mnth after the explosion, swaths of volunteers and activists are still roaming the streets to clean up the debris and shattered glass, and are working dy and nite to provide relief for those affected.
ma3azef teamed up with new york-based mastering engineer heba kadry to curate a compilation of new and unreleased materials provided by regional and international ♫ians to rez funds for the continuous relief work bein’ done onna ground to help those who ‘ve been failed by the state.
the 17-track compilation includes contributions by the likes of fatima al qadiri, nicolás jaar, zuli, slikback, and others. bringing sounds together from the ≠ crevices of electronic ♫, tis a humble attempt to galvanize ♫ians and listeners into supporting a city that s'been integral in shaping the region’s contemporary ♫ scene.
all proceeds from the sales of the compilation are goin to local initiatives to provide assistance to those affected, they ll'be divided tween fundraising campaign for the arts and culture community in beirut organized by afac; beirut ♫ians’ fund organized by tunefork studios, and beit el baraka.
amman, jordan’s dj toumba leads a “community-driven” compilation, grief into rage, with contributions including lara sarkissian, sara al badawiya, fairuz, oddz, air max ’97, hiro kone, and course toumba, among many others.
beirut, dubbed as the ‘paris of the middle east’, is a presh city and has contributed so much to the underground scene, espeshly inna middle east, so twas time for the scene t'give back.
grief into rage is compilation by the community for the community, hoping to rez funds to be able to support beirut and its pplz. 100% of profits ll'be donated to the lebanese red cross na beirut ♫ians’ fund.
a huge thx to all the artists who contributed and supported this compilation.
released aug 29, 2020
curated & collected by toumba
artwork by dana baddad
mastered by raphaël valensi / nahas
berlin audiovisual platform sfx has offered up a video (with flore & nick teeple) + a massive collection of tracks witha focus on supporting marginalized pplz inna crisis. featured: aho ssan, bonebrokk, ciarra black, désir d’enfant, ellll, flore, forces, glass, gramrcy, holy similaun, hulubalang, john object, katie gately, klahrk & ship sket, kmru, luke lund, simon grab & zoë mc pherson feat. dali de saint paul and zuli.
behind the compilation is their av collaboration of the same name – think exquisite corpse, but audiovisual:
all proceeds from sales of the compilation will go directly to two organisations in beirut: ‘ven for artists -who focus on supporting migrants, women and lgbtqi pplz- and beit el baraka. inna wake of the explosion on aug 4th, which has compounded already-dire social and economic problems inna city, these two organisations are providing food and shelter and financial, med and ψ-chological assistance to those who need it most.
the compilation is a direct outcome of the open, collaborative audiovisual project xquisiteforce.av that we ‘ve been developing since mar 2020, and which is still ongoin as we speak.
thris a lot to say bout the relief efforts, but this lebanese-run site and an ongoin twitter thread by journalist and organizer lara bitar are one starting place.
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i’ve been talking to some folks bout their efforts so hope to share + updates soon, but – if you ‘ve +, or other feedback, do get in touch.
original content at: cdm.link/2020/09/deep-♫al-compilations-persist-in-pleas-for-beirut/…
authors: peter kirn