Recently, Arab artists have been reaching new territories when it comes to music. They've been expanding to rock, indie, and hip hop, while still including a bit of Tarab and Arab essence in their work.
According to "Professor of Anthropology and specialist in ethnographic and theoretical study of the musical cultures of the Middle East and Mediterranean," Jonathan Holt Shannon's book, Among the Jasmine Trees: Music and Modernity in Contemporary Syria, saltana is a "melodic flow or groove" that allows the listener to indulge and induce Tarab.
Here are some Arab artists who will guarantee you reaching a state of saltana:
1. Shadia Mansour (Palestine)
2. Omar Souleyman (Syria)
This bad ass Syrian is the rave king with his dabke, folk, and pop infused music - which has earned him many collaborations and appearances at raves all over Europe.
3. Arnabeat (Lebanon)
4. JadaL (Jordan)
5. Mona Haydar (Syria)
6. Rotana (Saudi)
Rotana Tarabzouni, singer/songwriter of Saudi Arabian origin, could not pursue a career in music because of her conservative culture.
"There is a spirit of rebellion", she told LA weekly.
"It’s always that I’m this oppressed Saudi Princess Jasmine who comes to the States and is all of a sudden liberated."
Her music celebrates independence and a peaceful rebellion.
7. Malak (Egypt)
8. Soultana (Morocco)
She first entered the hip hop world in an all-female rap group known as Tigresse Flow, but acquired her moment when she rapped about the street harassment Moroccan women endure in "Sawt el Nisaa."