Khat Thaleth – Third Rail: Arab Hiphop in the wake of Uprising


Khat Thaleth or “Third Rail” is a project that has gathered a broad cross-section of the most conscious and innovative Arab hip hop artists from the Middle East and Diaspora to give them a platform for free expression of their thoughts about the ongoing revolutionary changes in the region.

The performance on the 12th of July at Metro Al-Madina in Hamra, Beirut was the second event in a series of three showcasing a selection of artists involved with the upcoming album release – a compilation also called “Khat Thaleth.”

Currently in its final stages of production, Khat Thaleth brings together the poetic and musical skills of artists from Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Iraq using their original material and live collaborative performances as the basis for the compilation.

Khat Thaleth is made possible in part through the help of AFACexpress (Arab Fund for Arts and Culture). Recordings and promo releases of time-sensitive material are planned for the next few months in preparation for a full release by October.

Listen:
http://soundcloud.com/stronghold-sound

Review of latest show in Beirut:
http://www.triplew.me/en/news-reviews/gig-reviews-and-photos/1642-gig-review-khat-thaleth-third-rail-in-beirut
Interview with the Syrian group LaTlateh:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19069228

Stronghold Sound @ Dub Mission 7.24.11

Dub Snakkr set from Dub Mission July 24th.

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Ephniko – ‘All Day’ (new video)

Video “All Day” con Ephniko en el MIC y Nuff Ced en el beat. Bajo la direccion de Jorge Rodriguez

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKHSNh7rxmM

Audio Refuge Videos…

The release parties were a great success! People came out, there were awesome performances by the bands and artists on the compilation (and even some that aren’t on it). Check out some video that our friends at WEBOS put together from the show at the Blue Macaw…

Interview by WEBOS

Jilali Dawi Hali – The Dunes

Stronghold @ dub Mission

We’re honored to have the chance to play one of the most solid, skankin, nurturing nights in the Bay.


On Sunday, Nov. 21st dub Mission presents residents dj Sep and Ludachris, with special guests, dub Snakkr w/ Bongo and Iggy Mon performing tracks off the upcoming Stronghold compilation, Audio Refuge.

Elbo Room – 647 Valencia Street – SF
Club is 21+ – 9 pm to 2 am – $6 cover

http://www.dubmissionsf.com/stronghold%20sound2010.html

Audio Refuge

Compilation CD Release

The ‘Hold is proud to present it’s first official release, Audio Refuge: a compilation of original afro-beat, north-african, dancehall, hip hop, dub-step, cumbia and more, including tracks from some truly talented Bay Area artists with roots around the globe. On Thursday, Dec. 2nd @ the Blue Macaw, Stronghold Sound will be featuring performances by some of these artists including: Wontanara, The Dunes, Yassir Chadly, Excentrik, Iggy Mon, Bongo, with djs Juan Data and dub Snakkr on the decks.

Artists on the compilation:

Black Nature
Bongo Sidibe
dub Snakkr
The Dunes
Ephniko
Excentrik
GnawaKronik
Iamani I Ameni
Iggy Mon
Juan Data
Halal Kutz
Karamo Susso
Nes
Nils Butman
Tim Abdelah Fuson
Wontanara
XBorder Players
Yassir Chadly

110110 – Ephniko World Series Eve Freestyle

It just so happened that Ephniko was on his way to the studio when the Giants won it and the city went wild. Here’s a little freestyle jam that he laid down warmin up. Enjoy! Go Giants!

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Flowers for the Dead

A great new track by Iamani I. Ameni ft. Big Dan(Brown Bflo), in celebration of Dia de Los Muertos. We were happy to add mastering touches to the final mix.

www.iammany.us
bangforchange.com

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Pirate Snaks

A couple segments from Dub Snakr’s recent appearance on Dj Aisha’s, Sounds from the Streets show on Pirate Cat Radio:

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Pressure & Slide versions feat. Cristofari & Iggy Mon


A pair of versions are fresh out the lab for your listening pleasure, featuring Cristofari and Iggy Mon each putting down verses over a rework of the classic dancefloor riddim, Pressure and Slide.

Cristofari – Babylon Circus

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Iggy Mon – Havin a Lime

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