Mashrou' Leila's latest release, Ibn El Leil, made it to the Billboard world album chart, and a recent performance at the Barbican received a raving review in the Guardian, where Maddy Costa wrote:
They charge the stage with electricity, sensuality and a dazzling aura of resistance.
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That resistance, in an Arab context, registers in Sinno’s authority-baiting lyrics, his references to checkpoint thuggery, shootings, club culture and gay desire. In a western context, it surfaces in his refusal to sing in English. At this gig, he also mostly speaks in Arabic between songs, mindful of the audience watching a simulcast on MTV Lebanon. It’s a mark of his magnetism that, as a film of Beirut floods a screen at the back of the stage, this split focus creates a thrilling sense of cross-cultural togetherness.
Luckily, here's your chance to see the full live performance.