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Arabic Music

From Syria to SoHo: The Message of the Malek Jandali Trio

Hamzah Raza | Posted 02.04.2016 | Arts
Hamzah Raza

Malek Jandali is a critically-acclaimed Syrian composer and pianist. A naturalized American citizen, Jandali has used the power of music to impact the...

This Hilarious Kid Is A Better Dancer Than You

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 04.24.2015 | Parents

This little boy has fabulous dance moves and no inhibitions. But nobody seems to know the origins of the mystery kid whose dance routine is going ...

Elissa: A Light in the Dark Times of the Middle East

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Chaker Khazaal

Greed, extremism and corruption appear to run a rampant area that, not so long ago, was renowned for its incredible architecture, literature, cuisine and music. Will the Middle East ever recover from these adverse associations?

Daily Meditation: Beloved

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.12.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

'Arabs Got Talent' Has An Unlikely New Star

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.05.2013 | World

It has been nearly 40 years since the legendary Arab diva, Umm Kulthum, passed away. Now, the most unlikely candidate may follow in her footsteps: A 2...

Hindustani Dabkeh

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 08.24.2013 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

With Shakti, I watched videos of her dance and I felt increasingly connected to this girl. She was a little less than a month older than me, we were both born in 1985 in vastly different parts of the world and here she had traveled thousands of miles to create something with me.

When Arabs Experiment

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 07.24.2013 | Arts
Roxane Assaf Lynn

Leyya Tawil and Mike Khoury are two avant-garde artists featured at DIWAN5 whose solo work is challenging conventions in dance and music, respectively. As kindred spirits in creative inquiry, their collaborations with each other beget a third realm of expression.

The Red Kevork -- The Journey to Acquire the World's Best Arabic Tambourine

Johnny Farraj | Posted 03.12.2013 | Arts
Johnny Farraj

There's hardly a Middle Eastern percussionist who hasn't heard of his instruments or desired one. Close imitations have failed to achieve the same exact sound quality even by copying all of its dimensions.

Jazz Meets Maqam on December 1 -- A Celebration of Arab Culture in America

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 01.28.2013 | DC
Hani Almadhoun

In a city where the term "Arab" is heavily politicized, it's refreshing to attend an event where simple things like music and traditional dances do more to bring people together than a seasoned politician can muster.

From Resistance to Pop: Liberating Palestine with an Auto Tune

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 01.16.2012 | World
Hani Almadhoun

Thanks to social media and talent competition shows like Super Star, Star Academy and now, Arabs' Got Talent, many young Palestinians are getting prime time exposure and introducing the Arab world to their voices and their art.

Amazing One-Man Acapella Performance Goes Viral

Posted 07.22.2011 | World

An Arabic singer's one-man a capella harmonies have gone viral in Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. In his latest video, Alaa Wardi's covers "Fi Hag...