Rap fans across the region went positively crazy when it was announced - out of the blue - that Egypt's hottest producer, Molotof, was to team-up with Palestinian rap demi-god, Shabjdeed. The result? A shaabi-licked, ominous, marching track, with a high-concept video - a landmark for both prolific artists.
With over $20 million going from fans directly to artists thus far, Bandcamp’s monthly day of fee-waiving has played a huge role in keeping thousands of independent musicians and labels’ heads above water during the Corona pandemic. With the initiative set to continue till the end of the year, we’ve put together a list of MENA and Arab diaspora-based labels that you should support - the first of several lists to come.