Al Balad Music Festival aims to create new horizons to present artists & musicians through performances to the Arab audience, & providing the space for a music market to promote their music.
Al Balad Music Festival 2013 was held in the Odeon Theater, started June 25th and lasted till June 30th. Musicians joined from Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon, Algeria and Tunisia and it gathered the emerging alternative & independent music experiences in Amman, in a music carnival for one whole week.
In addition provided new opportunities for musical exchange between Arab bands & local bands within particular guidelines, in coherence with one of Amman’s most ancient sites: Odeon Theater.
- Presenting musicians: Al Balad Music Festival aims to present musicians from Jordan & the Arab region to the public audience & those who are interested to support the emerging music scene in the region. We offer the space to promote their music & media material as well.
- The musical & cultural exchange between the artists: Al Balad Music Festival will host a number of Arab professional musicians to present their work in the festival, & to run closed meetings with the emerging musicians, in order to learn from their experiences and musical orientations through conversations.
- Music Market: Radio Arddi, in cooperation with Al Balad Theater, organized Souq Al Musiqa this year, which is a part of Al Balad Music Festival. This year we have 6 nights of good music using a verity of R&B Instrumentals, 10 concerts, and a very special Souq.
Al Balad Music Festival 2013 musicians:
Rim Banna – Palestine
Rim Banna representing Palestine in the International Festivals in Europe and Arab countries: Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Jordan, Russia, Morocco, Norway, Switzerland, Egypt, Denmark, Turkey, Sweden, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Kazakhstan, Germany, Tunis, India, Finland, Greece, Syria, UAE, Canada, Hungary, Bahrain, Algeria, Brussels, Lebanon and USA Rim launched her new album entitled “Revelation of Ecstasy & Rebellion” in Al Balad Music Festival 2013.
Tareq Al Jundi – Jordan
Born in Amman – 1983. He has started his journey with Oud at the age of 11 when he joined the preparatory section in the Jordan Academy for Music. Taught by many Jordanian and Arab Oud Masters. He was awarded a scholarship from the Greater Amman Municipality to complete his BA in music performance on Cello at the National Music Conservatory. In 2009, he was ranked the second in the International Oud competition held at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik/Lebanon. He conducted, composed and played with many bands. Moreover, he has many compositions and studies for the Oud as well as compositions for the eastern ensemble (Takht), music for plays, children’s songs and music for TV shows. Tareq is doing his MA at University of Jordan in music education, and working as a part time Oud instructor in the same faculty and in the Jordan academy of music as western and Arabic music theory teacher. He represented Jordan and participated in many festivals in Jordan and aboard. Tareq launched his new album entitled “Terhal (Travelling)” in Al Balad Music Festival 2013. (Travelling): Terhal
Turab band – Palestine
Turab was founded in 2004 by a collective of Palestinian artists from different backgrounds. The concept of developing the contemporary Palestinian music with maintaining the musical heritage was their main vision and made a beautiful success within Palestine & in the region. Turab’s music is created upon the daily Palestinian life facing the occupation; where a million questions about love & national freedom from the occupation rise & shine. Turab presented 3 albums up until now: “Hada Leil 2006”, “Adam 2009”, Fi Al Quds 2011”, & currently working on the 4th.
Tamer Abu Ghazaleh – Palestine
A restless and inventive performer and promoter of a wide range of music and artistic activity, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh is a leading figure in modern Arabic culture. The Palestinian singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer has over the past few years collaborated in many music projects, released a debut album and founded eka3 (2007), a regional platform dedicated to promoting, producing, distributing, and touring independent Arabic music.
Maryam Saleh – Egypt
An independent Egyptian artist. Singing and acting since the age of seven, Maryam worked with and cofounded a number of independent bands, sang semsemeya songs and was one of the most important singers of Sheikh Imam Songs, after which she founded BarakA band, which is a unique blend between the oriental voice of Maryam, and Rock music. Maryam grew artistically at the hands of her father, director and playwright Saleh Saad and Sheikh Imam Singer of the Egyptian resistance, and began her career at the age of seven. Maryam is now working on several new musical projects with different musicians from Egypt as well as from the Middle East.
Tania Saleh – Lebanon
Lebanese singer and song writer who started her journey back in 1990. Tania’s voice is filled with purity & sensation along with contemporary percussions. She sings mostly about her society, shaping her feelings with love & anger, inspired by the rhythm of her heart & the colors of her days, to present a work that reflects her passion towards innovation. She toured & performed in Cairo, Doha, Washington, LA, in addition to Beirut & Jbeil.
Ahat Band – Jordan
The band was founded in 2008, they had their own perspective of things that concern Arabic youth, & expressed them in a musical way, they also found in rap music the freedom of expressing the things that are happening in the Arab world, politically, socially and culturally too. The band participated in many projects: The Sabra and Shatila project which speaks about the Palestinian case in general, It was a combination of hip-hop music and other kinds of music like blues jazz in addition to classical rock and others. Ahat features in this project a lot of musicians in the Arab world, so they produced their first production which was a song called “Sar Fee Nas” with the Tunisian artist “Badee’a Buhareezi”. The work on the project that includes more than 10 songs is still in progress.
Dina Wedidi - Egypt
While still studying Oriental Languages at Cairo University, Dina joined El Warsha Theater Troupe and discovered her passion for music, learning to sing a wide variety of traditional genres. With the help of her tutor, Maged Soliman, she began to explore the full potential of her voice and participated in many workshops with independent musicians both in Egypt and abroad, including Grammy award-winning musician Fathy Salama and singer-songwriter Kamilya Jubran. Recently, Dina has been the lead performer of an ensemble of musicians that she refers to as “a growing project”. They have performed extensively in the past 2 years, fusing local and global styles of music. Dina continues to be inspired by the heritage and identity of Cairo, where she was born and raised, but that inspiration has taken her far beyond the limits of her home city. She is now taking part in “the Nile Project”, a musical and environmental initiative that brings together musicians and thinkers from all over the Nile Valley. She has also won an award from the Rolex Arts Initiative for promising international artists, which gives her a year of mentoring with the renowned Brazilian singer, Gilberto Gil.
Labess – Algeria
Labess is Arabic for “things are going well” and nicely describes the success enjoyed by young Algerian guitarist Nedjim Bouizzoul and his talented musical friends. With his rich, husky voice and undeniable charm, he sings in Arabic and French about the turbulent daily life of his native country and the need to live in peace and unity. His music reveals the beauty and depth of a repertoire that fuses gypsy rumba and flamenco with gnawa, chaabi, and other traditional North African rhythms. Born in Algeria, Bouizzoul landed in Montreal in 2003 and immediately began busking in the subway as busy commuters rushed by. His superb guitar work soon attracted the attention of fellow professionals in the local music community, and he put together an eclectic quintet he called Labess. Nedjim, both solo and with his group, has played at various Montreal venues, appeared on the popular Tele-Quebec show Belle et Bum three times, played at festivals such as Montreal’s Festival du Maghreb, Francofolies, and Festival du Monde Arabe, and opened for Rachid Taha. Labess’ first album, Tout Va Bien, like its creator, is an intriguing hybrid of music. It was nominated for Best World Music Album of 2007 at ADISQ (Quebec’s Juno Awards). The group’s second album, Identité, came out in May 2012 and has received rave reviews
Emel Mathluthi – Tunisia
A musician, composer & guitar player, residing in Paris. She was known with her smart & confident steps. After launching her 1st album, she started touring in Europe & the Arab region, & performed in many concerts successfully. She carved a name to be remembered in the Arabic alternative scene in no time.