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Mashrou' Leila
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مشروع ليلى (The Beirut School)
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Mashrou' Leila (مشروع ليلى‎) is a Lebanese four-member indie rock band. The band was formed in February 2008 at the American University of Beirut, when violinist Haig Papazian, guitarist Andre Chedid, and pianist Omaya Malaeb posted an open invitation to musicians looking to jam to vent the stress caused by college and the unstable political situation. Out of the dozen of people who answered the call, seven would remain to form Mashrou' Leila. Band members were encouraged by friends to perform in front of a live crowd; they put on a show as the opening act for a concert on the AUB campus. During the event, Mashrou' Leila proved to be the only band that composed and performed their original compositions. The band continued to play small venues and gain ground on the underground music circuit[ until they emerged onto the indie music scene during the Lebanese 2008 "Fête de la Musique" event sparking controversy for their unabashed and critical lyrics on Lebanese society, failed love, sexuality and politics. In 2009, Mashrou' Leila participated at Radio Liban's Modern Music Contest winning both the jury and popular awards in part due to their breakthrough single "Raksit Leila" (Leila's dance). The first prize was a record deal and their self-titled debut album was released in December 2009. Shortly after, the band burst into the spotlight of the Lebanese music mainstream when they were announced to be headlining the Byblos International Festival on July 9, 2010. The concert was one of the most anticipated events of the summer and was attended by scores of fans. Mashrou' Leila released the El Hal Romancy EP in 2011 and their first live convert in 2012. Mashrou' Leila's anticipated second album Raasuk was recorded at Hotel2Tango in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and released in August 2013. The video of the lead single "Lil Watan" ("For the nation") was awarded the gold prize at the Dubai Lynx 2015 festival. To promote the album, the band managed to crowd fund over $60,000; an unprecedented feat for a Middle East art project. The first hint of new material arrived when the band started a campaign asking the members of their social media pages to submit lyrics and video ideas to be incorporated in the band's upcoming single. "3 Minutes" was released on March 17, 2015 as the debut single of their third album Ibn El Leil. The band experimented with drum machines, loops, samples, and several synthesizers in a new method of composition, trying to accommodate for the departure of keyboard player Omaya Malaeb. The album, heavily loaded with allusions and references, both to contemporary figures of pop, and to mythological figures of gods and demons, debuted at the number one spot on local iTunes channels, and charted as number 11 on the international world Billboard charts. Their fourth album, The Beirut School, which also included some songs from their previous album, followed in 2019. The group then toured North America to promote the album. Mashrou' Leila currently consists of Hamed Sinno as the lead vocalist, Haig Papazian on the violin, Carl Gerges on drums and Firas Abou Fakher on guitar and keyboards.

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