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Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Open Channel Project (Click to download press brief)

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PRESS

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Khat Thaleth : Third Line

“Khat Thaleth is here to show you that what we now call ‘Arab-Hip-hop’ is simply an evolution of Arab poetry. A creative flow of lyrics alongside electronic beats: Arab poetry 2012 style.”
– the moe ali Beirut vibes

http://themoealibeirutvibes.wordpress.com/2012/10/28/arab-hip-hop-artists-warriors-of-creative-lyrics-in-the-battle-of-narratives/

“…no lyrical holds are barred, no issues left politely untouched, and no beats missed…For all its urgency, brazen words and imperative beats, this is thoughtful music, and a thoughtfully put together compilation. The tracks are full of ideas, contentions, anger and sadness.
– Now Lebanon

http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=450063

“The ‘Khat Thaleth’ gig spotlighted a scene united across borders in which the evolution from the early copy cat of American hip hop is loud and clear – especially, in tying in the rich poetic tradition of the Arab world with something bitingly relevant and contemporary.”
– Natalie Shooter

http://www.triplew.me/en/makshoof-music/live-music/1642-gig-review-khat-thaleth-third-rail-in-beirut#.UI_pGhipSPU

“But there are some aspects of rap which parallel oral traditions in the Middle East – from the 1,000-year old Levantine tradition of Zajal, semi-sung, semi-spoken poetry battles akin to modern day rap battles, to the revered oral story-telling tradition of the Hakawati.”
– BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19017267

Sembeh Ma Fa Fe: Roots & Revisits from Guinea Conakry

“The latest Stronghold Sound compilation, Sembeh Ma Fa Fe, offers a bevy of sounds that thrill and amaze and come straight out of West Africa with passion, heart, and soul. The San Francisco based musical collective traveled to Guinea Conakry to record music in what was once the Mandeng Empire and to find Mandeng roots music and then revisit sounds from Guinea Conakry.”
– Pop! Stereo

http://www.popstereoreviews.blogspot.com/2012/10/stronghold-sound-is-on-move-again.html

Bondi Blaster: Lo Juimo

“What would happen if you get one of the most wicked Latino Djs living in the US, and give him a bunch of talented producers, to remix his creations?”
– Tropical Bass
http://www.tropicalbass.com/2012/03/juan-data-drops-bondi-blaster/

“The result is a party-like atmosphere that is void of sleepy, folk tunes. Instead, Bondi Blaster knows how to entice a danceable spirit and youthful exuberance in the listener with foot-stomping and hip-shaking rhythms and melodies.(…) Anyone interested in South American cumbia, hip-hop, rap, dance, electronica, and funky, good music will find satisfaction in Bondi Blaster’s latest hit, Lo’ Juimo!”
– Matthew Forss – Inside World Music

http://insideworldmusic.blogspot.com/2012/02/cd-review-bondi-blasters-lo-juimo.html


Audio Refuge Compilation

“…there is a groove on this Stronghold Sound release running from Morocco to Medellin that recommends it to your ears.”
– muzikifan

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“Encompassing a wide variety of sounds including traditional African and Arab folk, reggae and dub-step, hip-hop and new cumbia, the SF-based Stronghold Sound presents its first in a line of releases, The Audio Refuge Compilation. Each track is both experiment and firm step in a direction that this group of global artists is putting forth to lovers of tradition and the dance floor.”
– Generation Bass

http://generationbass.com/2011/07/29/juan-data-audio-refuge-compilation/

Khat Thaleth – Lyrics and Translation

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Promo CD + poster:
FinalPromoLyricsPoster (click here to view and download)

Full Compilation: Khat Thaleth Compilation Lyrics (click here to view and download)

El-Mahdy Jr. – Lost Horizons Mix

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012


Stronghold is happy to host a series of mixes by the talented audio alchemist, El-Mahdy Jr, with his first installment: Lost Horizons Mix (mixcloud)
El-Mahdy Jr. is a skilled producer and mixologist who is contributing to the upcoming Khat Thaleth compilation.
Check out more from him here: http://soundcloud.com/el-mahdy-r

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

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012


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

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Monday, March 5th, 2012

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(Jana Jana – Abu Jaafar) جنة جنة – ابو جعفر

Friday, February 24th, 2012

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‘Jana Jana…Ya Watana’ – (Heaven, heaven…our nation) Is sung by ‘Abu Jaafar’ of Homs and is a cry to all those that remain quiet while crimes are being committed in the name of political alliances, security and pride. It is both woeful and beautiful and moved us to produce it with accompanying music, though the words need nothing more to make their point. The song was taken from a youtube video recorded in Syria (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcbXZsQpf30&feature=related). I dedicate this version to the late Ibrahim Ashoush who’s voice cannot be silenced. We hope that those with an ear will listen and at the least make their voice heard when needed.

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Friday, September 9th, 2011

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Thursday, September 8th, 2011

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Thursday, August 25th, 2011

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