Catching up with Lebanese indie band Adonis

Lebanese band Adonis was formed in 2011.
Updated 10 March 2019
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Catching up with Lebanese indie band Adonis

DUBAI: From the rooftops of a village in Lebanon, to concert stages abroad, Adonis is capturing the hearts of fans with their relatable lyrics and catchy music.

The Lebanese four-piece pop/rock band performed at the Beach Canteen event during the Dubai Food Festival on Thursday night and Arab News caught up with them beforehand to find out more about what makes them tick.

The name of the band was inspired by the lead’s home town, the village of Adonis, which also inspired the band’s debut single, “Stouh Adonis,” released in 2012. The song references gatherings on rooftops in the village and is heavily dosed with nostalgia.

Lead singer Anthony Khoury said he wasn’t actively looking to form a band when he met Joey Abu Jawdeh, it “started as a friendship, (we) clicked as friends and then naturally started doing music together.”

Together, they met the rest of Adonis and formed the band in 2011.

Perhaps the reason behind the relatable lyrics is the pool of inspiration available to the band. Gio Fikany, the band’s bassist, said they draw their inspiration from everyday life.

“We don’t really have one thing that inspires us, it (could be a) story of something that happened to one of us, or a friend of ours, it could be another song that’s inspired us. I’d say it is life experience in general,” he said.

Nicola Hakim, the band’s drummer, added that their songs are “about the small details of life,” which he believes is what makes their songs relevant for listeners.

Adonis said their dream venue would be somewhere in a natural setting, next to a beautiful lake or mountains. Perhaps the Jeitta grotto in Lebanon, Joey Abu Jawdeh, the band’s guitarist, said.

The one message the band would like to send to their listeners is about acceptance. More specifically, they want their listeners to feel empowered by the lyrics and inspired to accept themselves — and be tolerant of others too.

The band has released three albums so far, “Daw El-Baladiyya” (2011), “Men Shou Bteshki Beirut” (2013) and the most recent, “Nour” (2017).


Where We Are Going Today: Shatllah

Updated 22 March 2019
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Where We Are Going Today: Shatllah

  • Shatllah’s prices are reasonable, while the assistants are very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful

Do you need to add a little life and color to your surroundings? Houseplants are often said to be a source of positivity, and Shatllah has taken this concept to the next level.

Forget the idea of a lonely looking plant in a boring beige pot; this shop adds beautifully designed containers and creative touches that turn them into delightful decorations that are almost works of art. One in particular that caught my eye was designed to look like a tiny garden, complete with a miniature table and chair.

Shatllah’s creations make for perfect gifts, which is how I discovered the shop, in Jeddah’s Al-Zahra’a district, while looking for a present for a friend who loves houseplants. I was so impressed with its wares that I ended up buying some for myself as well. After all, who would not rather have a living plant decorating their home rather than artificial flowers or other fake items?

Shatllah’s prices are reasonable, while the assistants are very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. They are more than happy to offer advice on picking the perfect plant and how to take care of it when you get it home.