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It’s been a notably infamous week for the alternative music scene in Lebanon.
Veteran musician and producer Zeid Hamdan was briefly arrested over his song, “General Suleiman,” on charges he insulted the country’s president.
Zeid’s arrest raises important questions about the boundaries of free speech in Lebanon and how music fits into the mix.
I am honored to join Hamdan along with a panel of talented and prolific cultural figures in the local scene tonight to discuss this topic and more at the event, Alternative Music in Lebanese Culture.
The panel also includes journalist, DJ and filmmaker Jackson Allers, Mohamad Hodeib from local band Wled el Balad, Edd and Chyno from hip hop band Fareeq el Atrash, blogger and musician Omar al Fil, and writer-videographer Jad Baaklini.
So come out and enjoy the panel discussion (starts at 7 p.m., Montreal building in Hamra) and then afterward we’ll all go out for drinks.
Come. Do it.
Just come… I’ll buy you a pretzel.