Riyadh: The Saudi hip-hop music scene, in collaboration with Bahrain’s record label Museland, was in the limelight on the weekend when local talent went on stage at Beat Roots’ Riyadh, a special music event held at Al Mashtal Creative Space on Friday. ..
Inspired by a New York-style block party, the event features live performances by six artists from Saudi Arabia and Bahraini, as well as a market selling graffiti artists, B-boy dance, sneakers, street fashion and vinyl records. I did.
As a creative incubator, Al Mashtal regularly collaborates with a wide variety of creators, including musicians, visual artists and fashion designers. Its goal is to provide a platform for creative talent to help develop, grow and introduce their work to their crafts.
“We need these up-and-coming talents, space to express ourselves, space to have our own audience, and the opportunity to show ourselves in front of an intimate audience. We want to focus on the artist. The right type of audience, the right type of space, “Al Mashtal’s creative lab curator Elham Ghanimah told Arab News.
The night began with a mellow performance by Bahraini musician and graffiti artist Du $ t. His music is inspired by a variety of elements, including B-boy dance, graffiti, and surrealist art. He explained that thinking outside his box when making his own music was important to his technique, and saw his style of music gaining support in Saudi Arabia. He said he was happy.
“It’s amazing to see it growing here as well,” he told Arab News. “We had the same event (we went) in Bahrain, so it feels good to bring it here and see everyone in attendance.”
BeatRoots is a creative experience developed by the founder of Museumland, Ali Al-Saeed. This is already a regular event in Bahrain and the label is now expanding to other parts of the region.
“Everyone is happy. The energy is really good, everything is positive and the crowd really enjoys it,” Ganima said. “Finally, I think it’s really important.”
Many consider the hip-hop scene to be relatively new to Saudi Arabia, but its origins can be traced back to at least the early 2000s, and we are interested in genres that have been underpinned by the growth of the Internet.
“In general, everyone focuses on English hip-hop … It’s okay to get Western inspiration, but it’s also good to see what’s here and connect with your culture and roots. “Ganima said.
Hip-hop artist and rapper Dattune told Arab News: That’s what I like about this kind of event. I met a lot of people I couldn’t meet without these spaces. Talent is already there. All you need is a chance to play. “
In addition to Dattune and Du $ t, the BeatRoots lineup includes Fizzy, September, Str8tup Rkls, hip-hop artists, rappers, and crowd-popular Albakri for a hardcore yet heartfelt performance. did. ..
Albacri said his cultural and personal identity had a major impact on his work, and that his inspiration came from looking inside.
“I’m a man of mixed identity. I’m Jordanian, Palestinian, and Saudi Arabian. I’m all of these. So that’s how I can connect with these three cultures. “He told Arab News.
As for his unique sound, he said his main inspiration came from around Riyadh, especially producers Leo, Mufasa, Dice, and friends such as DJs, Bucky Grooves, Vinylmode and Baloo. The rapper said he hopes to establish his own record label someday.
“I’m very happy that someone in Bahrain was looking for an artist by looking up (Riyad) … seeing people open their doors to this genre, the hip hop genre, the dance / house / minimal genre. Look at the collaboration … and being a group with space-everything is important to the genre and music in general, “he said.
Al Mashtal’s stated purpose at cultural events such as BeatRoots is to open the door to discussion, cultural and artistic exchange, and the promotion of creative ventures throughout the Arab region.
“We want to collaborate more just to make everything positive,” says Ghanimah.
“Not everyone gets the chance. If people get the chance, not everyone gets the right chance and the right kind of support.
“That is, you can show yourself in a creative incubator, not just in any space. In this incubator, the overall goal is to nurture these creatives and help them reach their goals.”
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