"Masar" (pathway in Arabic) is a collaborative album by the musical duo "Rust" and poet Jana Salloum, blending poetry and Arabic electronica.
Jana’s poem traces the path of the Arab woman, delving deep into her world, raising her existential questions and fighting her battle of identity. Masar is the voice of every Arab woman and a poetic tribute to her resilient story and its echo around the world. On the other hand, Rust interpreted the poem with rich melodies, intriguing rhythms, and a harmonious blend of electronic and traditional elements.
The album invites the listener to experience the diverse powerful emotions it evokes, and the meaning behind the advocacy it leads.Petra’s vocals captivate the senses, and the warm tones of Hany’s Oud add depth and authenticity that flow through each track.
Jana and Rust share the passion of bringing the past to the present, respecting the rich heritage of Arabic verse while presenting it in a contemporary and compelling way.
"Masar" features six distinct tracks, each piece carries its own unique flavor and style, but together, they create a cohesive and dynamic musical journey. A visual identity for every piece in the album is crafted in collaboration with graphic designer Amy Chiniara and dancer Tamara Hawi. These artistic collaborations culminate in six short videos, seamlessly integrated into the live shows, enhancing the visual and auditory experience.
Rust is a dynamic duo reimagining classics of Arabic poetry and music repertoire in contemporary electronica. The Prague-based artists draw their influences from the older generation of music rebels, adding their original compositions and hypnotic vocals to create captivating soundscapes of Electro-Tarab. The duo is determined to challenge traditional notions of Arab identity and create a sonic expression all of their own.
Hany Manja is a Damascus-born musician, electronic music producer, Oud player, and co-founder of “Beirut Synthesizer Center.” Hany moved to Beirut in 2019 to reconnect with his roots, after having spent fifteen years in Prague. He is passionate about bridging traditional and contemporary music, exploring new sounds and pushing boundaries.
Petra Hawi is a Lebanese musician and vocalist, rooted in traditional Arabic music and has been performing since 2012 with several bands in Lebanon. Growing up in an artistic family, Petra has been immersed in music, art and culture since a young age. She is passionate about the power of music, and enjoys exploring its potential to bring people together.
Jana Salloum is an emerging Lebanese writer, working in the human rights field, with an academic background in law and political sciences.
Being driven to write at a very young age, she was 14 years old when she published "Ghaltat Al Jasad", her first short story about sexual assault in Lebanon.
With an ever-growing experience, she took part in artistic projects, published articles, poems and prose. Jana defends Arabic literature and advocates for the power of writing and artistic activism for individual and societal change.