SWANA Music Markets, Emerging Artists, New Trends and Scene

Exploring SWANA's rise as a global music hub

Imed Alibi by Federico Drigo
Nada Alhelabi
Amani Semaan by Manon Levet


Chaired by Imed Alibi (Tunisia/France), L'atelier des Artistes en Exil/Global Art Production
with Nada Alhelabi (Saudi Arabia), MDLBEAST; Amani Semaan (Lebanon), Beirut and Beyond

In recent years, the music industry has witnessed the remarkable rise of new music markets in SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa). This dynamic region is swiftly establishing itself as a prominent force in the global music landscape. Spanning from Morocco to Yemen, it encompasses a diverse population characterized by a rich tapestry of languages, dialects, and music genres. Fueling this transformation, a burgeoning generation of artists is embracing their cultural heritage while harnessing the power of innovative technologies to create and disseminate music on a global scale.