Magnetic's Beirut Dispatch: Lebanese Talent, More Than Music!

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The Lebanese Talent

Working in Lebanon’s growing music scene has allowed me to experience firsthand the raw talent and incredible artistic potential that this region has to offer. The Lebanese underground electronic music scene is very active and offers a wide range of musical styles and abilities. Jade, Phil, Richard Kahwagi, Gunther, Stamina, Diamond Setter, Ronin and Nesta are some of the local legends of EDM that have residencies at clubs in Lebanon but who have also graced the stages of some international festivals and concerts.

Aleppo-born electronic DJ, Hello Psychaleppo, playfully blends exotic beats and incorporates Arab culture and tradition into his sets. Not only does he “dabble” in music but the cover artwork on his albums and the live set animations are solely created and executed by the artist himself. He has recently released his 2nd album, HA!, produced by the budding Lebanese record label and artist management community, Lets Play Records.

Introducing the Lebanese Entertainment and Music Scene

Per-vurt, located in Beirut, is a well-known electronic music production school focusing on progressive house and trance, a music store and an event management firm. Nour Jaber, Ariel Curtis, Feri and Fady Ferraye are some of the many DJs that have passed through Per-vurt, making their mark on both the national and international EDM scene.

More than Music

Lebanon is also home to numerous, historical landmarks and ruins, that also provide beautiful backdrops for yearly world music festivals and cultural events notably the Byblos, Beiteddine and Baalbeck International Music Festivals.

Come winter, ski resorts in the Cedars and Faraya open their doors and welcome skiers and snowboarders of all levels to come and enjoy the slopes. In summertime, people flock to the beaches and pools, get oiled-up, pop open a bottle of rose and roast under the lovely summer rays. Moreover when it is sunny and the birds are chirping, wine tasting and the outdoors become more frequented activities in order to escape the heat and congestion in Beirut.

Save some energy for your next trip to Lebanon, because your daily routine could keep you out all day and then keep you dancing till the wee hours.

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