THE ROUNDUP – Regional pop-culture highlights

THE ROUNDUP – Regional pop-culture highlights
Tarek Khuluki is best-known as the guitarist for Syrian alt-rock trio Tanjaret Daghet. (Getty)
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Updated 26 June 2020

THE ROUNDUP – Regional pop-culture highlights

THE ROUNDUP – Regional pop-culture highlights

‘Dabke System’

47Soul

The first single from 47Soul’s upcoming album “Semitics” has already grabbed nearly 60,000 views on YouTube, suggesting the trio — all of whom are of Palestinian descent — have lost none of their momentum, despite former guitarist Hamza Arnaout leaving the band. “Dabke System” contains the kind of infectious groove and lyrical bite that has made the band so successful.

‘Ila Mata’

Bab’l Bluz

The French-Moroccan quartet are, according to their record label, “reclaiming the blues for North Africa … singing words of freedom in the Moroccan-Arabic dialect of darija.” The pulsating bassline and Yousra Mansour’s stellar vocals on  “Ila Mata” — lyrically inspired by Tunisian poet Anis Shoshan — are a good start.

‘Strung Out’

Tarek Khuluki

Khuluki is best-known as the guitarist for Syrian alt-rock trio Tanjaret Daghet. Here, he displays his knack for creating electronic music with a stuttering, claustrophobic track that features on the compilation album “Sera3.” In the promo material, “Strung Out” is billed as a “dark glitchy journey into the void of time, an atmospheric thriller that mimics the conflict between stability and movement.”

‘Madabya’

Jihane Bougrine

The Moroccan artist is back with an oud-driven “Moroccan Bossa Nova rock song,” according to her label. “It’s a song about hope, freedom, respect, love, dignity,” Bougrine said in a press release. “I am from a diverse country where we are all different — in tradition, in ways of speaking, in culture, and of course in the color of our skin.”