This month’s Curator Mixtape comes to us from Mohamad, a life-long resident and lover of Beirut, Lebanon. It’s an eclectic mix of new and old psychedelic rock, indie folk, and sounds from the local Lebanese music scene. Hear the playlist, and learn a little bit more about Mohamad.
Sofar: Do you have a creative outlet outside Sofar?
Mohamad: I‘m a graphic designer, and for me design is not just a job, but rather a beautiful scope to see life through. Also, I play guitar, along with some keyboard. Nothing really tops the beautiful feeling of jamming along with some friends.
What drew you to curating shows?
I have [had] a thing for organizing events ever since I was young. I‘ve organized countless cultural events over the past seven years, so combine this with my love for music, and you get a great passion for organizing a beautiful concept like Sofar Sounds.
What’s something special about your city only locals might know?
I think that would be Beirut’s music scene‘s diversity. It’s an incredible mix of cultures and sounds, from the traditional Arabic music to indie rock, electronic beats, and experimental sounds. What makes Beirut truly special is the way these different musical genres and cultural influences coexist, and often, merge.
Thoughts on a couple standout tracks?
Daft Punk | “The Game of Love”
“The Game of Love” is everything I love in electronic music; the flow, the Daft Punk sound, the melodies, all while being so ahead of its time when released. [I] really love this one.
“Bad Timing” | Faraj Suleiman
“Bad Timing” takes me to a beautiful place in my mind. Faraj Suleiman’s music is the type that emotions can easily connect to. It has a certain magic that I just love.
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Words by Sofar Editorial Team