An electronic hip-hop collective in Beirut will play two public concerts against the crisis - the intent seems to be to bring all sides together to enjoy music and resist the fragmentation, sectarianism and violence that is depressing Lebanon's vibrant society: UrShalim: "Anti-Crise" Musical Festival - An Invitation.
Our band "Hudna" or "Hudneh" or "Hedneh" - as you wish to pronounce it - shall be performing as part of the Anti-Crise event organized by INCONCERT.
Update - Revised dates, please note:
Friday 7-9-2007 Beirut- Sanayie Park 8:30 - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8-9-2007 Tyre Port -Tyre City 8:25 - 10:00 PM
We will present NEW songs of ours and other traditional songs that you love.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND BE THERE! :)
"In Concert" has the pleasure of inviting you to overthrow a political, educational, economical and presidential crisis by attending the "Anti-Crise" musical festival.
All concerts are free of charge and open to everybody without any discrimination. Your presence is very important to keep music culture alive in Lebanon.
Since I am merely an American of Lebanese origin, I am certainly missing any sectarian or political subtexts in this announcement, and may therefore offend somebody. Oh well, such is life amongst Lebanon's shifting alliances.
I support artists who take their art to the streets. Political leaders and military tacticians (irregular or governmental) think they can manipulate the people at will. It's true we don't have much power to prevent car bombs, aerial bombs, police state tactics or street-level thuggery - but we can show up to protest. We can show up to concerts. We can stand up for culture, for music, dance, film, visual art, poetry.
Make culture, not war.