A playlist made up of relaxing MENA beats, sounds and natural soundscapes with the intention of prompting the listener to appreciate their surroundings and recognise the disproportionate climate impacts on the MENA region. Filled with Arab, Turkish and North African sounds, this is an ode to our environment <3
London-based international DJ, Nooriyah, is on a mission to make the influence of Arabic music known globally. Renowned for her unique blends of Arabic genres, grooves, and ground-shaking drum rhythms, she is one of very few selectors pushing a 100% Arabic sound on the UK airwaves with residencies on Foundation FM and Plus 1 Radio. Her intentional body of work encompasses music, literature, podcasts, and film grounded in a strong desire to highlight and uplift marginalised voices from across the Arab world and diaspora. From taking over the New Radicalism Festival stage in Rotterdam to playing New York’s Yalla party to headlining Dubai’s Femme Fest and London’s Shubbak Festival, Nooriyah’s stage presence is guaranteed to bring the energy that draws in crowds internationally. Some notable features include Vice Arabia, Scenenoise, Mille World and Renk Magazin.
It feels crucial now to reach out and remind us that we are all we need. Our salvation lies within us: within our systems, our cultures, our indigenous ways of life. We are told that we must exist within systems created to destroy us; that we need these systems to survive. This is a lie. Now, how will you act upon what you know?
Juliana Yazbeck is an award-winning actor, writer & musical artist. As an actor, she is best known for her roles as Niqabi Ninja in Sara Sharaawi’s play Niqabi Ninja, Roza Salih in Glasgow Girls (National Theatre of Scotland) and Yara in the Emmy-winning series Shankaboot (BBC World Service).
Juliana’s debut record SUNGOD was awarded PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music Award. Juliana recently played a sold-out show at London’s Electric Ballroom (2020). In 2019, Juliana played London’s ULU alongside Sudanese icon AlSarah, headlined the National Theatre River Stage and Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, and was nominated for the Arab British Centre’s Award for Culture.
Juliana also writes regularly. Her words feature in gal-dem magazine and on Medium.com.