Mashrou’ Leila is disbanding. Here are 5 songs to listen to

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Fans take to social media to react to the news of the popular Lebanese alternative rock group leaving.

Mashru Leila, arguably the most popular alternative rock group in the Middle East, has disbanded after experiencing a more harsh climate in Lebanon, where it originated in 2008, and the rest of the Arab world.

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Famous around the world, the band’s shows were regularly sold-out successes, but the members still faced harassment by the authorities over events celebrating LGBTQIA+ people, as well as a wave of hostility from the clergy and others.

“I decided this was enough. I also realized that every member of the band had an enormous amount of stress on them. And it is not normal life to have 100,000 people telling you on Facebook that you must die,” Major Singer Hameed Sinno, who is openly gay, told the podcast after dinner on Sunday.


In 2015 and 2016, their shows in Jordan were cancelled, and in 2017, at a concert in Cairo, an Egyptian fan hoisted a rainbow flag, which was later condemned by the authorities as “inciting corruption”. was done. In 2019, Lebanon’s Byblos festival canceled a Mashru Lila concert “to stop the bloodshed” following calls from church leaders on social media accusing the band of blasphemy and death threats.

Amnesty International has previously blamed the Lebanese authorities for failing to protect musicians and called the cancellation of their concerts “an alarming indicator” of the decline in Lebanon’s freedom of expression.

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Rights groups and activists have been vocal about pressure against the band as part of increasing attacks on free speech and marginalized communities in Lebanon.

Shocked fans took to social media to express their dismay at the news of Mashru Leela disbanding, calling it “the end of an era”.

Others said that the band’s songs resonated with them.

Sino, who told the podcast that members of Mashru Leela’s band “are not thinking about working together again for now”, responded to fans by posting a story on Instagram: “The flood of support from last night So grateful for. I’m not going to reply to DMs and posts, but I want you to know that I see you, and that I feel nurtured and loved.”

As the curtains are drawn on the stages hosting Mashru Leela, here are five of his songs to listen to:

  • 1 – Fasateen
  • 2 – Rakshit Leela
  • 3 – Bischuf
  • 4 – Shim El Yasmin
  • 5 – Lil Watan

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