This week I went to the website of Mashrou3 Leila. I read about their new EP and while I was walking at Hamra Street I saw their poster for the release party. The event will take place on July 29th, starting 8 pm – at the Beirut Hippodrome [horseracing track] in Mathaf [next to the National Museum of Beirut]
The album is called El Hal Romancy. It came with new visuals for the band; new logo, new photos, and a new style of songs. You can easily guess its Leila’s style of music but with new ideas and bolder lyrics. Of course not as bold as “3al 7ajiz” from the previous album in which they included a Lebanese swear but in the new vocals that Hamed is experimenting with especially in El Mouqadima.
The album consists of 6 tracks. The first is just an introduction or Mouqadema as they call it. It is sung as a mawwal (click the link for definition) before the actual song starts. The album kicks off with “Habibi” that has a new feel to it and encourages you to listen to the album. While the playlist moves forward, you are taken in a journey of personal experiences with Hamed, his voice and the lyrics and especially in the song “Inni Mnih”. In the next song the band discusses the issue of a girl living as a boy; dresses as one and acts as one too. “Wajih” might be a directed insult to a Wajih(the old guy with lipstick in the photo frame), or maybe Leila’s Groom as they claim. “El Hal Romancy” is the last track of the EP that was brought to life with a video that is as eccentric as all Mashrou3 Leila’s videos.
The songs tackle lots of subjects, from sexuality to love to national issues. Some tracks have multiple meanings. The shallow meaning is conceived easily but if you think about it twice, you might be having more ideas within the lyrics.
Masrou3 Leila has been the most successful Lebanese band since their formation in 2008 with concerts in Lebanon and in the Arab world. Their unique style and original content was what captured this much audience to this band.
On their Facebook account, the band revealed new music to be played only at the play on the 29th.
I hope you’d enjoy Mashrou3 Leila’s latest album El Hal Romancy as much as I did and try to attend their event and support this one of a kind band to keep producing self-expression music like this.
Here are some other links about the event:
To buy your tickets: