Rust’s challenge is to take traditional Arab music and breathe contemporary life into it. Listening to them, you rediscover these sinuous, vibrant melodies from a different angle: percussion, often electronic, blends with insistent vocals passed through several filters. The fusion works like a charm. The duo’s challenge – a successful one – is part of a bold and promising new generation.
Blu Fiefer is a Lebanese-Mexican artist and producer who uses pole dance and hip-hop to make a strong statement about the importance of freedom of expression. In her lyrics, Spanish, English and Arabic are blended to support the plurality of inspirations and reinforce the sense of community. Blu innovates to make people talk, think and shake things up. In other words, she’s one of the leading figures on the Arab hip-hop scene who shouldn’t be missed.
Through dance and song, Khansa puts a different face on Middle Eastern sounds. Twisted, they are electrified into a sensual and sensitive electro-pop mix that destroys a host of stereotypes in its path. The artist reconstructs the concept of masculinity in performances where the body, adorned and sublimated, sometimes soars into the air: as if to regain the upper hand, against all odds.