Louder than the Noise

Ziad Nawfal

Episode Summary

Ziad Nawfal is a DJ, radio host, music promoter, and producer based in Beirut. He has spent the better part of the last 25 years exposing Lebanon and the wider world to unique local and regional independent music and artists via his long-running radio shows, Ruptures and Décalages, broadcasted on Radio-Lebanon 96.2 FM.

Episode Notes

Ziad Nawfal is a DJ, radio host, music promoter, and producer based in Beirut. He has spent the better part of the last 25 years exposing Lebanon and the wider world to unique local and regional independent music and artists via his long-running radio shows, Ruptures and Décalages, broadcasted on Radio-Lebanon 96.2 FM.

In 2008, Nawfal co-founded the independent label, Ruptured Records, with Lebanese studio owner and engineer Fadi Tabbal. Their intent was to showcase and produce work by emerging alternative artists from Lebanon and the MENA region. In 2010, he edited and published the book Untitled Tracks, which consisted of photographs and text that documented the early years of Beirut’s then-new alternative and experimental music scenes.

Since 2013, Nawfal has also been the managing director of Irtijal, the first and foremost festival for
experimental music in Lebanon. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020, Irtijal is rightly considered one of the the most vital and consistently interesting events for experimental music, in all its varied shapes and forms, in the Middle East.

Ziad Nawfal was interviewed by Alejandro Cohen.

Links: rupturedonline.com // Irtijal // Mixcloud // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter @rupturedonline

You can listen to a playlist created by Ziad here.