Middle Eastern Artists Donate More Than $1.1 Million of Art To Help Syrian Refugee Children

Syri-Arts becomes Paddle8s most successful benefit auction!

More than 120 famous Middle Eastern artists like Mona Habtoun and Nabil Nahas donated pieces of art to be auctioned off during the Syri-Arts event that took place online and at Biel in Beirut. All of the money from the auction goes towards helping the growing number of Syrian refugee children.

Noura Jumblatt, one of the founders of Syri-Arts and wife of Lebanese MP Walid Jumblatt, can easily identify with the Syrian children as she also was exiled from Syria as a child.

“I do not think the world is aware that the minimum needs of these children aren’t being met,” she says.

The event was very successful noted Jumblatt, “The participation of artists was overwhelming and 150 artworks were donated and sold to benefit refuge children.”

Nicola Gitan, head of benefit auctions at Paddle8 says Syri-Arts is the most successful benefit auction Paddle8 has been part of.

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By @mrmatias
2Famous Finally Makes The Cut: Nominated for TimeOut's Readers Choice Awards VOTE FOR US!

Sometimes I sit on my couch and chat with Matias about how exciting it is to do what we do for 2famous. And how lucky I feel that I have such an epic platform to explore my own creativity and am surrounded by geniuses bursting with innovation and talent. Seriously, even for my own sake, this project makes me better every day.

And sometimes we get feedback from the community about what we do which is so exciting, not to mention fulfilling. But it just so happens that we never make the cut for contests determining the coolest blogs in Lebanon. When I was on Twitter yesterday, I saw people mentioning TimeOut Beirut’s 2013 Readers Choice Awards and noticed there was a blog section. But once again we were not on it. It’s not the first time this has slipped our grip, and I wasn’t going to sit aside and wait for it. Because if I’ve learned anything, it’s that taking the first s... [more]

By Adrian
Postcards & Alan's Trio Perform Live on 2FamousTV Radio Plus New Show Today!

Listen to the Podcast and watch Postcards “Oh, the places we will go”

This week Matias and Adrian welcome two spectacular Beiruti bands into their studio: Postcards and Alan’s Trio, in addition to Nour Sobh who explained his newest invention, the foldable, recycled CYCLOPSE bicycle which you can support on Zoomal!

Both Postcards and Alan’s Trio have only been performing for less than a year, yet possess a depth of sound and lyrical strength like veterans!

Alan’s Trio performed as a duo with their laid-back bluesy style and are currently competing in The Next Big thing contest. Listen to their interview and performance and check them out this weekend at The Quadrangle in Hazmiyeh! *Anyone going to this show, please inform Adrian as she still needs to pick up her payment from her dubbing performance.

Postcards, fronted by Julia Sabra, is a full-bo... [more]

By @mrmatias
Listen to the Radio Show With Xriss Jor & Rhea Dally Interviews, Performances, and Videos!

Our weekly radio show every Friday from 6-7 streaming live from Beirut

This week Adrian and Matias invite three women wielding special unique talents to their bar in Beirut. Talar, a savvy 19 year old, pops by to school us on the do’s and don’ts of navigating Beirut’s bedrooms and the rules of FWB relationships.

Musician Rhea Dally explains what chiptune music is. It’s like computer game music on MDMA. Then she performs one of her songs live on a gameboy!

And superstar Xriss Jor rounds out the show by letting us know whether or not Quincy Jones is a creepy old man and if Will.I.Am actually demands you call him Will.I.Am. PLUS she sings Etta James’ classic “At Last” leaving the live audience crying and creaming their pants.

You can tune into our sh... [more]

By @mrmatias
Tribute Remix of Wadih el Safi's "Ot'it Sama" by ETYEN

-An electro interpretation of a true Lebanese classic

Samer Etienne Chami aka ETYEN is a Lebanese music producer. He started making music when he was 12 from singer-songwriter to playing in rock bands and now producing electronic music. ETYEN’s sound is indie electronica which is mostly a mix of ambient trippy chill-step dubstep and trap.

The day after Wadi el Safi died, I heard my mom talk about him and she was irritated that such a huge Lebanese cultural icon was not commemorated properly. There are so many days dedicated to politics or useless politicians who brought nothing to Lebanon and offered nothing to its advancement are commemorated, but the death of this legendary man was barely even on television.

Yes there was a funeral and it was on TV but apart from that, no national grievance, no nothing. I mean this was the Michael Jackson of Lebanon (if not even greater), they could&r... [more]

By Contributor
My Inner Dialogue (Freakout) During Our Radio Show is Normal But This Time Celebs & Legends Put Me Over the Edge

Plus: Videos of Loopstache & Zeid Hamdan inside!

Our weekly radio show has never been something I just coast through, despite what it might sound like with the awkward silences or music mess ups or fumbling with content. That all happens with my trying REALLY hard. And whoa, two weeks ago was the most intense show to date. We had three scheduled musical performances plus interviews and one regular interview, and one tentative interview to fit into one entertaining hour spiced up with funny news stories and anecdotes, plus a TOTALLY unexpected musical performance twist.

Bold is my brain chatter.

-30.00 It’s early and the sound engineer actually shows up on time! Today is going to be flawless, action-packed, and incredible. Samer ‘Etyen’ Chami is debuting his potentially viral new song. He needs a mic for himself and for his backup singer. Two mics and a small mic for the ukelele. 3 Mics onstage. At least one extra in the studio.

-10.00 Loopstache sho... [more]

By Adrian
"If There is a God, Then He Loves Everyone For He has Created Everyone, Equally" -Thoughts from a Gay Lebanese Teen in Australia

My name is Michael and I’m a gay teenager born and raised in Germany who lived the last 2 years in Lebanon. Currently, I am living in Australia to study. Living here has given me various perspectives about society, especially the Lebanese one.

In Lebanon, we judge others for the way they look and act. We suppress people and forbid them from living who they are. In Australia, no one cares about others. People are free to live and love and believe me, nothing makes me happier than seeing two dads going with their son to watch a movie or two moms shopping for their baby daughter. Today I watched “Prayers for Bobby”, a movie based on the true story of Bobby Griffith, a gay teenager who committed suicide because of his parents’ and society’s homophobia.

As I was watching “Prayers for Bobby”, the scene that broke everything down and made me cry was when the mothe... [more]

By Contributor
Syrian - Filipino Hip Hop Artist, CHYNO Debuts in English With Rap About Suicide Bombing

“This is a first person narration of a suicide bomber. I wanted to humanize the situation. It is an extreme situation and nothing I condone, but I wanted to reflect the socio/political pressure that could lead one to do so. The video interprets this specific political problem in a broader everyday corporate life, correlating both situations to reveal human reaction to extreme pressure. I used to be a banker with an office job years ago and I quit my job. Pedros, the director, knew this and thought it was the best way to go to tackle such a sensitive issue,” says Nasser Shorbaji, AKA Chyno, when asked about his new song O.P.P.

The music Video is Directed by Pedros Temizian

Chyno is a Syrian-Filipino rapper, born in Manila, and raised in the Middle East. Now he resides in Barcelona and his upcoming album “Making Music to Feel at Home” is coming out in early 2014. We asked Chyno a couple of questions about his new song and upcoming album.

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By @mrmatias
Video: Assasi Nun Fuse from Bilad El-Sham Performs "The Media is Lying!" Acoustic Concert this Friday at Zakaria Pub, Hamra.

A few weeks ago the Syrian Hip-Hop artist Assasi Nun Fuse passed by Radio Beiruts Open Mic Session and performed the song “Media Btekzob (the media is lying)” in the video above.

This Friday other members of The movement Bilad El-Sham will join him in an acoustic concert at Zakaria Pub in Hamra. Together, they play a fusion between Arabic Hip-Hop and Oriental music integrated with songs by old famous artists (Mohamed Abdul Wahab – Abdul Halim Hafez – Oum Kolthoum – Sayyed Makkawi – Mohamed Munir – Farid El-Atrash – Sabah Fakhri – Ghawar El-Tosheh… )

The upcoming show only costs 5,000 L.L. so you might even be able to afford to buy a copy of their first album “Clinic of Bilad El-Sham”.

Join the Facebook event and find the location here:

Bila... [more]

By @mrmatias
Party With a Pure Heart: 3-Day Kaotik System Festival Encourages You To Bring Toys To Donate

-It’s the very last Kaotik System party!

Join Kaotik System for one final party in Baysour and bring your toys — to donate to Syrian children.

Last Friday on our Radio Show Gayath Dakroub told us about the very last Kaotic System Festival taking place weekend Nov 1,2,3. For ten years KS has thrown crazy electronic music parties all over Lebanon in the mountains, under giant trees, on stairs, in haunted houses — you name it. This weekend marks the end of an electro-party era, hopefully taken up but someone else next.

Unlike other electronic music festivals in Lebanon, this one will be a daytime-festival meaning all the acts will finish by midnight. Well-known DJ’s will spin techno, Dub, IDM, Drum & Bass, Breakcore, Jungle, Hardcore and other genres in the absolutely beautiful valley of Baysour. We’ve partied here before — under the canopy of the forest with a crystal clear river winding up and d... [more]

By Adrian

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