Read our exclusive interview with Hello Psychaleppo on the Shubbak blog here.
Shahba by Hello Psychaleppo
Originally from Aleppo, Hello Psychaleppo, aka Samer Saem Eldahr, is the founder of Electro-Tarab and rapidly gaining recognition as Syria’s preeminent electronic artist.
For Shubbak, Hello Psychaleppo creates the new video Shahba (another name for Aleppo) by mixing original video footage from his hometown, sampling the music of Aleppian singer Nehad Najjar, and blending it with his own illustrations to pay homage to the city that formed him.
His music is alternately danceable and cathartic, a pastiche of twitchy electronic sounds and golden age Arabic music of the 1950s, melancholic and apocalyptic. It’s Massive Attack meets Abdel Halim Hafez.
Co-commissioned by Shubbak, the British Council and The Space. Produced by Let’s Play Records. And? - a new digital commissioning programme to support displaced Syrian artists has been launched by The Space and the British Council.