Palestinian Electronic music night
Zenobia, Momin Swaitat and DJ Hiba
Come and join us for a celebration of Palestinian electronic music and DJs at Glasgow’s Civic House.
Featuring ground-breaking Haifa-based duo Zenobia, London-based artist Momin Swaitat, and Edinburgh-based DJ Hiba.
Hiba is a Lebanese DJ and selector based in Edinburgh who uses club spaces to platform Southwest Asian and North African artists as a celebration of Arab culture. She holds regular radio slots at EHFM and Radio Flouka to showcase the diversity and dynamism of Arabic music.
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Zenobia incorporates rhythms and groovy electronic productions along with popular Syrian and Palestinian Dabke and in addition to Egyptian beats and atmosphere.
Zenobia Electronic Music Group incorporates Arabic pop melodies of the Levant area passing through Palestine down to North Africa with electronic beats.
The group which was formed in Haifa was inspired by Zenobia, the Queen of Palmyra, who lived and ruled the Levant region and Egypt in the third century AD.
Mo’min Swaitat is a London-based artist whose practice spans music, sound, performance, research, curating and film. He trained at the Freedom Theatre (Jenin) and arthaus (formerly LISPA) in London/Berlin, specialising in the Lecoq method of physical theatre. He has worked with the Schaubühne, New Diorama Theatre, Arcola Theatre, The Public Theater NY, Camden People’s Theatre, the Globe Theatre, Trinity Laban, Battersea Arts Centre, Royal Court Theatre, Young Vic, Rich Mix, Theatre Temoin, Common Wealth Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and many others. In 2021, his first experimental film Stones in Hand, an Albany Theatre/Foreign Body Productions collaboration, was screened in London and abroad and will be screened as part of this year’s Marrakesh Short Film Festival and London Short Film Festival. Last year, he was awarded the Jerwood Arts Live Work Fund enabling him to begin digitising his collection of thousands of Arabic vinyl and cassettes and to found his record label, Majazz Project, inspired by the Palestinian, Bedouin and Arabic sound archive. His first release Intifada 1987, a reissue of Riad Awwad’s seminal album, quickly sold out, and he has multiple releases planned for this year, including reissues of Al Fajr Band’s Live From Berlin and Zeinab Shaath’s Urgent Call of Palestine. He runs a series of live music and film events in East London, including monthly nights at Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston. He has been guest curator at the Mosaic Rooms, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai Expo, Radio Alhara, NTS, Netil Radio, Walled Off Hotel (Banksy), Nottingham Contemporary and many others.