ListenUp: Brownbook Magazine

Unique and rare sounds from the Middle East in a look at the creative publication's current music issue

This week, we check in with Dubai-based Brownbook magazine in celebration of the mix of “legends and underground heroes” included in their current music issue. In addition to a pull-out songbook featuring sheet music from classic Egyptian songstress Umm Kulthum, the informative issue features the father of Ethiopian jazz, Mulatu Astatke, as well as the co-founder of Seattle’s cult music label Sublime Frequencies, and visits …

Alsarah & The Nubatones: Habibi Taal

Unique and rare sounds from the Middle East in a look at the creative publication's current music issue

This week, we check in with Dubai-based Brownbook magazine in celebration of the mix of “legends and underground heroes” included in their current music issue. In addition to a pull-out songbook featuring sheet music from classic Egyptian songstress Umm Kulthum, the informative issue features the father of Ethiopian jazz, Mulatu Astatke, as well as the co-founder of Seattle’s cult music label Sublime Frequencies, and visits …

Souad Abdullah: Yumma, al Hilou

Unique and rare sounds from the Middle East in a look at the creative publication's current music issue

Full of nostalgia, handclaps (and hand drums) and a decidedly warm feeling permeating the entire track, “Habibi Taal” (off the debut album Silt) is the perfect introduction to Brooklyn-based, Sudanese-born singer Alsarah and her band the Nubatones. Named “The New Star Of Nubian Pop” by the Guardian, Alsarah is a singer, songwriter and ethnomusicologist who describes her style as “East-African retro-pop.” Whether familiar with the …