Playing tracks by
Djur Djura, Youssou N'Dour, Zia, Yasmine Hamdan, Diana Haddad (ft. Cheb Khaled) and more.
I was introduced to Lebanese singer and songwriter Yasmine Hamdan by CocoRosie some years ago. I enjoyed her recordings and finally saw a live show at (Le) Poisson Rouge the other night. It was packed with a long line outside to get in. I got a beer at the bar, and on my way back to my spot I saw two young women in headscarves chatting, swaying and taking pictures of the show with their cellphones.
Here’s a playlist that includes a few Yasmine songs and exciting, energetic and beautiful songs from the Middle East and the Maghreb—both new and old. Some of these are songs Brian Eno and I were listening to around the time we did the Bush of Ghosts album many years ago, others are from the last year or so.