What kind of music comes to your mind, when you think about the Middle East? Probably you thought about traditional music (the Finns thought about Niilin hanhet or something). However, as magnificent that tradition is, including singers like Umm Kalthoum and Fayroz, there are many emerging talents using different styles, combining them in different ways, and using music as a way of activism and conveying political messages. Especially during the revolutions of 2011, music became a strong force of carrying hopes, fears, and resistance. But also sometimes it's just all about feel-good atmosphere.
These are songs I have been listening to lately, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Bonus round: Lebanese jazz