Assasi revived the Bilad El-Sham Movement for a show with Maine's Zion Train at Portland House of Music.
Assasi has shaken off the winter doldrums by releasing long-delayed music videos for Third World Wide, Vol. 1 tracks, Laysh and Yasmina. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU-4KzbJroA Both tracks were produced by Haquin, with Yasmina featuring a verse by Athens-based Syrian-Kurdish rapper Sarbasst and guitar work by Mike O'Hehir of Coyote Island. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvrJ-w6Tt9s Assasi collaborated with Portland, Maine based [...]
Being a Syrian in exile can feel like a nightmare you can’t wake up from, like walking through the world as a ghost - invisible and cut off from humanity, or inadvertently haunting those around you who can’t understand your pain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAqzg8d67q8 “Ghost of Sham” was written and shot in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with Finnish [...]
When you’re stuck between cultures and the world is a mess, why not throw a party? Assasi teams up with Emsallam to laugh in the face of life’s absurdity over a danceable track (Haquin) piled high with layers of darbouka, riq, and cümbüs saz by Lo.Renzo (Lorenzo Mantovani) and Gilbert Mansour. The music video, equally [...]
One day, I had an epiphany. I realized that haters and their mindless imitators could only bother me if I cared what they had to say. “Mandal” and its accompanying music video celebrate me running out of fucks to give! Featuring live riq, tombak, and sarangi by Lorenzo Mantovani, “Mandal” reinterprets dancehall-UK drill fusion a [...]
EDIT: You can now watch Queen City Cypher #2 on YouTube or listen to it on your favorite music service. ... For the second Queen City Cypher, we are honored to feature Maine hip-hop OG Boss! Bangor-areas music fans are invited to watch the live filming, while the global fam can tune in on the [...]
We've got a fresh video for you today featuring 5 artists from 3 countries spitting bars in 4 languages! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkO0855LTk8 Assasi teamed up with Smö (Finland), Fhive Helmi (Malaysia), Mic Son (Syria), and Marleena Arianna (Finland) for an international cypher, recorded live at Reggae Bar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Have a listen and leave a comment telling us what you think!
Announcing Assasi's new YouTube series, "Going Pro Underground"
The Blue Giant is a call for each Syrian to find within him or herself the strength to see through their tribulations and build something better, together. أغنية الأزرق العملاق هي دعوة لكل السوريين ليجدوا في داخلهم القوة لنرى من خلال المِحن ونتخطاها لبناء الأفضل... جنباً إلى جنب. Assasi teamed up with incredible producer Baxtak for Bilad El-Sham's [...]