Lebanon's indie music scene is definitely alive and strong!
1. Mashrou' Leila
With a tour kicking off in March to promote their newly released album "Ibn el Leil," internationally acclaimed Lebanese indie group Mashrou' Leila is one band you should definitely keep under your radar. Described as "the soundtrack to the Arab Spring," the quintet write lyrics – sung in Arabic – that tackle controversial topics, which include checkpoint thuggery, shootings and homosexuality.
Mashrou3 Leila is: Hamed Sinno (lead vox), Ibrahim Badr (bass), Carl Gerges (drums), Haig Papazian (violin), Firas Abou Fakher (guitar)
2. Who Killed Bruce Lee
The self-proclaimed "four bearded men" of Who Killed Bruce Lee are one band you definitely don’t want to miss if you’re into indie-electro rock. Formed in Lebanon in 2010, Who Killed Bruce Lee are currently touring Germany to promote their latest album "Distant Redezvous," which features a collection of songs dedicated to Lebanon’s golden age.
WKBL is: Wassim Bou Malham (guitar + lead vox), Hassib Dergham (keys + vox), Malek Rizkallah (drums + vox), Pascal Sarkis (bass + vox)
3. The Wanton Bishops
Beirut’s blues bad boys, The Wanton Bishops, are back on the road, setting the French scene alight with their blazing tunes, weeping guitars, wailing harmonicas and roaring growls. Unable to catch the tour? Watch their recently released documentary "Walk It Home" on Red Bull's website .
The Wanton Bishops is: Nader Mansour (lead vox, guitar, harmonica, keyboards, banjo, oud), Eddy Ghosein/Salim Naffah (guitar, backing vocals, banjo)
With the band adopting the name of its hometown, Adonis – a picturesque city located north of Beirut and named after the Greek god of Beauty – the Arabic pop rock ensemble first based their songs on life in said city. Quickly gaining momentum, Adonis released two albums with a third on the way. You can follow the band's news via its website .
Adonis is: Anthony Khoury (vocals & keys), Joey Abou Jawdeh (guitar), Fabio Khoury (bass), Nicola Hakim (drums & percussions)
5. Jammit The Band
Fancy some reggae, dub or ska? Then we’ve got the band for you. With their newly released selection of live performances, " Live From A Tidal Shore," the Rastafarian influenced group from Beirut will surely take you on an Afro-Jamaican ride, fused with oriental and Mediterranean beats. Follow the group's updates via its Facebook page .
Jammit The Band is: Rany Mikhael (lead vox + guitar), Pascal Sarkis (bass), Fouad Afra (drums) Hassib Dergham (keyboards)