Silence Is the Real Taboo

Norient Snap by SPIME.IM

In Beirut every gunshot has a different meaning. There are sounds of war and of celebration. The Lebanese musician Serge Yared explains how they are used in music and aestheticized.

Author: Serge Yared
Design: SPIME.IM


Norient Snap by Basma Bader

In this photo series South African photographer Dylan Culhane stages artist Umlilo in collage portraits and evokes a sense of multiplicity.

Author: Dylan Culhane
Design: Basma Bader
Sound: Basma Bader

When a Rapper Tries to Change the World

Norient Snap by Ali Sayah

An impressive and moving testimonial of rapper and comedian Ali Gul Pir from Karachi, Pakistan, who is faced by death threats due to his art. In the podcast he talks about what makes him feel lonely when living and working as a musician in Pakistan.

Author: Taimoor Salahuddin
Design: Ali Sayah
Sound: Ali Gul Pir

Distorted Processes of Becoming

Norient Snap by Faisal M. Khan

What reads at first sight as a rather classic «coming out» story is not a linear narrative. In the music video «Magic Man» South African artist Umlilo and director Jasyn Howes produce a temporal and spatial disorder through fragments of moving images.

Author: Henriette Gunkel
Quote: Henriette Gunkel
Design: Faisal M. Khan
Photo: Jasyn Howes
Sound: Umlilo
Remix: Dhaka Dub Hierarchy

A Finger to the Establishment


«Nowadays no song is independent», says journalist Manal Faheem Khan from Karachi and explains how the Pakistani music business works. The music video «#Kholo BC» by Ali Gul Pir and Adil Omar might be a rare exception here.

Author: Manal Faheem Khan
Quote: Manal Faheem Khan
Design: Ali Kazmi
Sound: Ali Kazmi

Digitally Famous and Real Life Broke

Norient Snap by Des Flor de Fuego

In Egypt, the high amount of digitalization has not translated into monetization for most musicians. This is not just because most families live at or below the poverty line. So what does this mean for the future of local artists?

Author: Angie Balata
Quote: Angie Balata
Design: Des Flor de Fuego
Photo: geralt/Pixabay
Sound: Des Flor de Fuego

Learning From Feminism

Norient Snap by Basma Bader

The #MeToo movement also reveals other discriminations. In music, sexism often works in tandem with exotism. To resist both, the Egyptian musicians Dina El Wedidi and Youssra El Hawary resurrect an old claim: the personal is political.

Author: Maha ElNabawi
Design: Basma Bader
Sound: Basma Bader

M.I.A.: One Popstar, Three Persons

Norient Snap by Juliana Adhikary

The documentary film «Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.» portrays the popstar M.I.A. as a multi-faceted person.

Author: Lisa Blanning
Quote: Lisa Blanning
Design: Juliana Adhikary
Photo: Steve Loveridge
Sound: Steve Loveridge, M.I.A.
Remix: Miss Auto

No Culture, no Money, no Time, but Music


The documentary «Bamseom Pirates, Seoul Inferno» shows how the band Bamseom Pirates uses punk music to resist the social and political absurdities of present-day South Korea.

Author: Michael Fuhr
Quote: Bamseom Pirates
Design: Safwan Subzwari
Sound: Aam Taateel

Living in Limbo


Reggae is rich with questions of belonging, but instead of domesticity it focuses on the state of limbo. After watching the film «Being Blacker», Derek Walmsley examines how the Brixton figurehead Blacker Dread struggles with what he once called home.

Author: Derek Walmsley
Quote: Derek Walmsley
Design: Safwan Subzwari
Sound: Aam Taateel

China – Made in Europe

Norient Snap by Ali Sayah

Does the movie «Sinofuturism (1839–2046 AD)» confront us with a future China, that is an inhuman dystopia? No, says Philipp Rhensius. It just depends on the perspective on our world.

Author: Philipp Rhensius
Design: Ali Sayah
Sound: Ali Sayah