Without a doubt, the music scene in the Middle East has vastly improved compared to 5-10 years ago. SoundCloud, YouTube, Vimeo and more have seen a surge in modern Arab musicians showcasing their talent to the world. Here is a list of our top music producers that you should keep an eye on in the Middle East:
Mohamed Ziena is an Egyptian music producer based in Cairo, Egypt. Moseqar established himself a name not just regionally, but worldwide, because of his Cafe Sessions. Besides producing music, Mohamed likes to create and design the artwork for his tracks. Check out his latest release, Holding On.
2. Oun Jweinat
Oun is not your typical A Level student. The 17 year old has successfully released 3 tracks so far this year, one of them named Campfire which reached the 60,000 plays mark. In his last release, Oun merged his style of music with Zara Larsson and MNEK’s hit song Never Forget You. Oun is a member of the Deep Therapy Records family, alongside his brother Sultan who is also known as North.
3. Bu Kolthoum
Bu Kolthoum is a music producer born in Damascus, Syria and currently based in Amman, Jordan. Mouneer is undoubtedly one of the most talented producers in the region. Besides making his own beats, he has produced for many artists such as Satti, El Far3i, and many more.
Check out our favorite track by Bu, Esset Abl El Noom.
Sanad Dawod, also known as Savid, is currently studying Medicine at the Jordanian University – talk about dedication, huh? Currently signed to Enhanced Music, one of the leading record labels in Dance Music based in London. Some of his top achievements during his career so far include:
- Remix of Justin Bieber’s What Do You Mean blew up with 80,000 plays in less than 2 days on SoundCloud. Now totals over 150,000 on YouTube, received tremendous support from the industry’s elites, and was the 6th highest trending remix on the Internet, according to www.hypem.com.
- Quorra voted number 1 on Ferry Corsten’s radio show and broadcasted worldwide in over 80 countries to millions of listeners.
- Remix of “Estiva & The Spacies – Voices” together charted for 2 days in the Beatport Top 100 Progressive House chart and totals over 200,000 on Spotify, and over 100,000 on YouTube and SoundCloud combined.
- Music supported by: Ferry Corsten, Fedde Le Grand, Nicky Romero, W&W, Myon & Shane 54, Oliver Heldens, Judge Jules, ATB, BT (Grammy nominated), Tritonal, Andrew Rayel, and many more.
5. Jazz Tha Process
Mohammed Hijazi is a Jordanian music producer and a musical artist. Jazz likes combining orchestral instruments with synth sounds, complemented with occasional vocals, some lyrical action and visuals with surrealist undertones. Mohammed is the founder of a local label company named Ōbsølete, which is also & visual art collective, a meeting point for innovative and imaginative artists in Mohammed’s eyes.
Check out Mohammed’s twist over Mashrou’ Leila Marikh from their latest album Ibn El Leil.
Natalia is a senior at ACS based in Amman, Jordan. She’s the queen of mashups and merging different genres that would actually create a weird yet catchy & incredible sound. Her tracks vary from Deep House to Chill House to even Hip Hop! Other than producing music and doing her school work, Natalia is actually the founder of the wonderful project “Humans of Gaza Camp”!
Check out one of our favorite tracks by Leeya, where she adds a little bit of twist to J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar’s Forbidden Fruit!
Rakan Sawalha is a Jordanian music producer, currently studying in Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland. The 19 year old is the master of chill house music, considering the brilliant music he keeps on producing such as Afloat, Aqaba and his hit original track Schwimmen.
Our favorite track produced by Roo. is his collaboration with AceQuared over Smoke Good.
Amro Abdalrahman, commonly known as Osloob, is a Palestinian music producer who lived in Lebanon and now resides in Paris, France. We’ve asked Osloob a few questions and here are his views:
How did you come up with the name ‘osloob’?
My brother Jazzar is a member of the band Katibeh 5 that I previously worked with gave me this name. The ‘os’ part means cut in Arabic, and ‘loob’ is actually the word ‘loop’ but it was more of a play on words by him. Put them together and you get ‘osloob’, which means style in Arabic.
What do you think of the music scene in the Middle East 5 years from now?
The music scene is growing and becoming bigger and bigger everyday. We have many talented artists that didn’t get the chance yet, but I am sure after 5 years they’ll grow even bigger. We have lots of amazing artists and ideas in the region.
9. DJ SOTUSURA
Hicham Ibrahim is half Palestinian half French, born in France. SOTUSURA started to DJ in Los Angeles, California back in 1999. 15 years later, he is based in Beirut and Amman, establishing himself a name in the region. He has his very own shirts designed by Jobedu, click here to check them out!
10. Edd Abbas
Edd Abbas is a Lebanese MC, music producer, a core member of the Arabic HipHop group “Fareeq El Atrash” and the co-founder of the Collective known as “Men Wara El 3adaseh”. Edd started a lyricist back in 2003 and got into production before the release of Fareeq el Atrash’s 1st self-titled album in 2010 which Edd produced one of the tracks and went on to do more work on the band’s second album “Al Mawjeh El Tarsha” which was released independently in 2013. Edd released his first solo project “el Moutarakam” in 2012 that featured Fareeq’s own Chyno, Local and previous collaborators like Fahrass, Bill Amaliyeh, DJ Lethal Skillz, Qarar & Samer AK, Regional Artists Like Deeb from Egypt and Stormtrap from Ramallah.
Check out the first official Arabic rap battle between Lebanon’s very own Edd Abbas and Dizaster!
Check out our favorite track by Edd, Weyn Ma Koun!