Articles tagged syria

You Must Do What You Love to Survive: ‘Rock in a Hard Place: Music and Mayhem in the Middle East’

Rock in a Hard Place is a sober chronicling of music in some of the most conservative countries on the planet.

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Pieces of Human Stories Create the Total Mosaic That Is ‘Fractured Lands’

Scott Anderson's Fractured Lands is not only one of the most accessible and synthetic account of events in the Middle East, it's also among the most powerful.

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Omar Souleyman: To Syria, With Love

Omar Souleyman's latest collection of Syrian synthpop pays ecstatic tribute to his long-lost homeland.

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‘#MyEscape’ Employs Innovative Filmmaking Techniques to Cover the Middle Eastern Refugee Crisis

Director Elke Sasse doesn't need to embellish the refugees’ stories; their own cell phone filmmaking and interviews provide plenty of narrative depth.

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Art, Journalism and War in Sarah Glidden’s ‘Rolling Blackouts’

Glidden's use of watercolors is beautifully rendered, creating a consistent visual language throughout that is a pleasure to look at.

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HRWFF 2016: ‘Starless Dreams’ + ‘The Crossing’

Two films in the 2016 Human Rights Watch Film Festival -- Starless Dreams focused on young girls detained in Iran and The Crossing, following Syrian refugees -- consider the ways that souls might be imprisoned, inside and outside of actual walls.

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Nawa: Ancient Sufi Invocations and Forgotten Songs from Aleppo

Not a long album, but potent.

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Various Artists: Dabke: Sounds of the Syrian Houran

The mejwiz double-reed flute bucks like a python cut in half, the drum boom-booms, the singers do everything at a shout-volume.

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Omar Souleyman: Jazeera Nights

Omar Souleyman is far from being a "typical" world music artist, even if he remains a fine example of what many musicians typically do around the world, namely experiment with, extemporize, and extend musical styles.

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17 May 2010 // 8:30 AM

Gaida: Levantine Indulgence

At times a song offers to bear a more passionate weight than the musicians are willing to give it, and then the softness becomes frustrating.

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Omar Souleyman: Dabke 2020: Folk & Pop Sounds of Syria

Even the keyboard seems scraped and bleeding.

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Various: The Rough Guide to Arabic Café

Listening to the Rough Guide to Arabic Café, I realised that this is not the same as the music you would expect to hear if you were sitting in a Western coffee shop.

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Treasuring Memories of Paul McCartney on 'One on One' Tour

// Notes from the Road

"McCartney welcomed Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt out for a song at Madison Square Garden.

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