A Revolution of Music and Art in Lebanon

Copyright: Julia Neumann

In Lebanon, people took to the streets for a period of five months in order to protest against the corrupt political elite and for a solution to the financial crisis. The peaceful uprisings, called “thawra” (revolution) have also inspired non-commercial musicians to create new tracks. Julia has met independent musicians in Beirut and talked with them about the role of music in riots.


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