Independent Music Trends in the Levant Since 2000

Saturday, 6th December, 2014
Time: 11:30am
Duration: 1.5 hours
Venue: Sansara

Over the last 15-years, musical trends in the Arab world have exploded outside of the realms of what has been considered "traditional" or "heritage" music, and certainly veering far away from Arab pop music that dominates the satellite video music channels and regional mainstream radio stations. In this session, music journalist and filmmaker Jackson Allers (Beirut, Lebanon) will take you on a journey discussing the evolution of alternative and independent music trends in the Arab world - focusing on the material coming from the LEVANT (Egypt, Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon) both before and after the Arab revolutions of 2011.

 Writer, music journalist, filmmaker and broadcaster, Jackson Allers has focused the majority of his work on the subcultures of his surroundings, and spent the better part of 25-years writing about and documenting independent arts and culture movements during his travels. For nearly 9-years, Jackson has been based in the Arab world (Beirut, Lebanon) where he has been reporting on politics, and the independent musical/artistic trends in the Arab world for outlets like VICE, The National, Rolling Stone, Al Jazeera English, BBC, Democracy Now!, National Public Radio, Red Bull Music Academy Magazine, Free Speech Radio News, and regionally for the upstart underground culture magazine Audio Kultur (Lebanon).

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