Mashrou' Leila

Mashrou' Leila

 Beirut, Beyrouth, LBN

The best thing that came out of Beirut since the world-famous Lebanese cuisine. Visceral, infectious, wonderful, uplifting music from seven characters all studying architecture. A play on words, Mashrou' Leila means project of the night, one which is totally memorable.

A band to watch out for!


Mashrou' Leila was born on a university campus between three architectural students at AUB, Beirut. From a music workshop in 2008, it evolved into the "most wanted band in the Middle-East" and is set to export its unique sounds, melodies and amazing lyrics worldwide. Seven friends are now sharing the experience of a lifetime. There is no satisfactory way to describe their sound as it's so fresh and totally innovative.

It is only when Mashrou' Leila goes live that you can actually catch a glimpse of Leila. As it talks to you of Beirut, the city that tastes of the absurd, the product of its day-to-day experiences, its stubborn security and lack of the latter, its musical bombshells, incoherent sexuality and thrusting pleasure, it also brings forwards hints of Arabic tarab, rock, folk, pop, electro and within the myriads of harmonic explosion you can see leila in every man and woman in the silent-come-raving audience.

Mashrou' Leila came to prominence in their home-grown town of Beirut when they won the Lebanese Modern Music Contest jury prize and the public vote as organised by Radio Liban, Since then they have played over 50 gigs in the region, culminating in 2010 with the Byblos Festival, where they were headlining alongside Gorillaz. From there, they have appeared at the World Music Festival in Dubai, are performing at The Big Day Out in Doha, will be featured at the Mawred Theatre in Cairo as well as the Cairo Jazz Club, and are lining up several shows in Jordan, Syria, Tunisia and Montreal. In May this year, they will go to the New Morning in Paris to showcase the real scene of present-day Arabic talent.

Their lyrics are unabashedly sexual, political, revolutionary. Their energy on stage is unequalled and their charm unparalleled.


"Mashrou' Leila" 2009

The album has enjoyed airplay on:

DW Germany
Rotterday Radio Germany
Norwegian National Radio