Arabology by YAS Available for Download

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YAS’s album Arabology is the album we’ve been waiting two years for.
Samples from Arabology:
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YAS is Yasmine Hamdan (formerly of Soap Kills) and acclaimed producer Mirwais Ahmadzaï, and the album stands the Kazbah test drive.

YAS’s music comes from another dimension, cutting across parallel worlds: The pulsing beat of the mega club, the playfulness of 80’s electro-pop, the crunch of rock guitar all combined with Yasmine’s voice - sometimes ethereal, floating above the beat, sometimes harsh, cutting into our fantasy. A voice that has a raw sensualtiy, both delicate and forceful.

The cons? The album has Mirwais’s signature electronica stamp all over it and leans in to the best of Madonna’s dance inducing anthems. Which, of course, is hardly surprising. However, any calls for lack of orginality should be damned as this album is a voice ahead of its time, a real coup for the artists.

Download from iTunes (France) click HERE or direct from Universal click HERE
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Film: Heavy Metal in Baghdad - at the ICA London

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Heavy Metal in BaghdadMust See - Heavy Metal in Baghdad at the ICA showing until 2nd October. For info and booking click Buy Tickets for listing on Kazbah and the film’s trailer click HERE

Heavy Metal in Baghdad is a Vice Magazine documentary feature film about the struggle to survive of Acarssicauda (Black Scorpion) formed in 2001 and to date Iraq’s only Heavy Metal Band .

Co-Founder of Vice Magazine Suroosh Alvi and Eddy Moretti co founder of VBS.TVspent 3 years trying to meet Acrassicauda and, when they finally READ THE REST…

Book Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany Drawing from an Interview and Talk

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Chicago Book CoverChicago by Alaa Al Aswany, published by Harper Collins, 4th Estate. pp. 342, hardback £14.99 Released in the UK 1st September 2008.

Click HERE to listen to the Kazbah interview with Alaa Al Aswany.

Hard on the heels of the global success of the Yacoubian Building, Alaa Al Aswany’s latest novel, Chicago, has a hard act to follow; a challenge which it meets as evidenced by bookstores’ bestseller lists, click HERE to view.

Al Aswany tells it straight, a story teller with an ability to craft readable fiction making it accessible to all. For an author with a passion for democracy, this is a democratic book to transport both the READ THE REST…

Art Review: Geometry of Hope - Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian at Leighton House Museum

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Lemma Shehadi writes, last month the Geometry of Hope exhibition by acclaimed Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian opened at Leighton House Museum.  She is famous for her use of the traditional mirror mosaics and reverse glass painting as a medium for contemporary painting.  The exhibition is curated by Rose Issa, as part of her latest series of shows “Here we are” happening at Leighton House Museum this summer. [see Kazbah listings here]

Monir Farmanfarmaian’s pieces are mystical in the play of light and colour from the mirror’s reflection and striking in their mathematical precision, and READ THE REST…

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