How does life in the Middle East and North Africa sound?
The chain of protests known as the Arab Spring, which took place between 2008 and 2010, changed the political and social scenario in some Arab or North African countries. It was not a great revolution as some described it at the beginning, but it had an important effect on the society of that area. Similar to May 68 in Europe, the asphalt continued to cover the flowers, but concepts were defined that would affect society for a long time.
One of them was the creation in Bahrain of MIDEAST TUNES by Esra'a Al Shafei, a portal dedicated exclusively to the dissemination of music that promotes social change with responsibility from the region known in English as MENA (Middle East & North Africa) .
For Westerners, whether or not they are lovers of world music, the catalog of artists proposed by Mideast Tunes is a universe to discover. All geographical origins, all musical styles, from folklore or songwriters to heavy metal or electronica, made by artists from the area.
We should also mention that there are artists who have great recognition and whose record productions have a huge category alongside artists who record in precarious conditions. Origins as diverse as an Arab emirate or the Gaza Strip will, of course, provide different content, made with different materials.
You can access Mideast Tunes by clicking here.
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