French-Lebanese-Japanese rock and roll band Teleferik just released an EP last week to rave reviews in all of France. I caught up with the lead singer who lives in Paris and also writes all the lyrics, Eliz Murad, to pick her brain about fronting a multi-cultural group while bridging the gap between the Middle East and Europe.
Louve Garou is the track that contributed to the name of Teleferik’s second EP
How much does Lebanese culture influence your work?
Both my parents are Lebanese. They speak Arabic and French at home. My mother used to listen to Majda El Roumi, Fairuz, and all the Lebanese divas on the radio. I was a Michael Jackson ,James Brown, and the gospel diva fan –all the music of black Americans. Later in high school I really discovered the Rock’n roll with my bass guitar. The mixture between my Lebanese roots/origins and my musical origins is made naturally.
The song ‘Mara’ (not on the EP) is about women in Lebanese society. Can you tell us about it?
MARA is a simple song like any blues song . It is a cry from the heart. Everyone points fingers at a single woman and has the right to judge her like a child. In Jounieh, during the summer I have a chalet in Maameltein . If I dare walk on the road, every car stops to approach me to make me get into their cars.
A woman can not go out in certain areas without being accompanied and everyone has their own comment about it. In Europe it is almost the same, the emancipation of women is a fantasy, because even if the cars do not stop, men have what they want and do not need to marry to obtain it . But in the places where women are emancipated financially, sexually, etc., men still have not emancipated themselves…. emotionally! A strong, independent woman scares men. They don’t feel she will need anything from him. Marriage is still the status that society wants to impose and a single woman is still a taboo.
By making some of your songs specifically in Arabic, you’re automatically connecting yourself to a certain audience. What is your goal in doing that?
My goal is to try working on something new. Arabic has rules in music. It is special. I took the “out of control” behaviour from Rock’n ROll and the commonly spoken Arabic to sing differently. Arabic language can also be guttural. I want to avoid the exotic image of Arabic and just do a true rock’n roll music in the language.
Have you performed in Lebanon or have any plans to play here?
I can’t wait to play in Lebanon. 2014 will be THE moment for that!
But I can’t say more about it, it is a surprise.
Lastly, who are some of your favorite bands from the Middle East region these days?
Teleferik is an Ibrahim Maalouf fan. This guy is a revolution! The Banana Cognacs look cool and so do Charly Rayne and Postcards too. Lebanon is full of talents but who am I to tell you that?!
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