What comes after the "Oriental" hype?

The Professionalization of Middle Eastern and North African Music Scenes

Jamila Al-Yousef
Rasha Hilwi
  • event type:WOMEX 18 Conference Session
  • date:25 Oct 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
  • time:11:00 - 18:00
  • city/area:Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • venue:INFECAR
  • country:Spain
  • event submitted by:Piranha Arts

Chaired by Jamila Al-Yousef;
with Rasha Hilwi;
Ayed Fadel


Since the Arab uprisings there has been unrelenting hype surrounding hybrid music from the
MENA region. Concurrently, cultural activists attempt to build up local music structures, mostly in a DIY process without any external support. There are various aspects required to develop local music industries and to better position this music on the world market. But what would postcolonially sensitive collaborations look like that would enable a mutual learning process?
In this panel we want to give an overview of the musical developments in the MENA region of the past 7 years. Specifically, we discuss the Palestine Music Expo as a strategic example of localinternational collaboration, and want to exchange ideas on how players of the global music industries can support building up sustainable and professional music markets in the MENA
region, and have an influence on geopolitical factors.