MEEN ( Arabic : مين ) is a Lebanese rock band founded by Fouad and Toni Yammine in 2006. The band is best Known for icts humorous and sarcastic style, and MOST notably for performing in native Lebanese , not traditional Arabic .

rojects and involvements

In 2006, Meen had a very first concert at the Saint Joseph University in Beirut , where, for the first time, the band performed for a small crowd of 300 people. Soon, the band was touring in other Lebanese Universities. Late 2006, Meen’s single Banadoura was published in the Banadoura compilation, [1] a Lebanese compilation featuring Lebanese underground music for the latest 20 years. [2]

In 2007, Meen wrote and released “Yalla Nerkoud”, the official song of that year’s Beirut Marathon and performed the live show on the day.

In 2008, the An-Nahar national newspaper contacted Meen and asked them to compose songs for the yearly memorial event of Gebran Tueni . Meen wrote five songs for the event, and all were released as an album entitled “Adar el A7rar” (Destiny of the Free). Meen performed the songs live in an event that was broadcast live on all Lebanese TV stations. [3]

In 2009, the band released the album “Teer w 3aleh ya Balon” with 5 original songs composed and recorded for the children’s play of the same name. In May 2009, the band performed in a big concert at the heart of the city at “theater tournesol”. [4] [5] This was a live album, on December 8, featuring original thirteen songs in pure Meen style. On the same date, Meen also released an 8 tracks studio Christmas album entitled “Min L Manjam 3al marrekh.” [6] And in less than two weeks, both albums were in the top 20 ) Making the band the best selling artist in lebanon during 2009 christmas season.

In 2010, Meen was touring around the country and performing in private and public events and festivals. [7] [8]

In August 2011, Meen launched their album, 3arouset Bkeseen. [9]

In September 2016, Meen released their latest album ” Rishineh Bel Kalash “. This album was originally released in the 1960s. They are currently preparing their upcoming concert in November, celebrating their 10 year anniversary.

Lyrics and songs topics

The band is best known for its humorous and sarcastic style, and most notably for performing in native Lebanese, adding a twist and a bit of flare to traditional rock music. As stated in numerous interviews, Meen fervently promotes the Lebanese dialect versus the culturally adopted traditional Arabic. Conversations, even including the occasional English or French words that naturally occur in them. Their lyrics reflect this unique and rare approach. [10]

Meen’s song topics are varied and are usually mordant and sometimes critical of the political climate in Lebanon. In their single, “Kamlo l 7arb” (“Continue the War”), released in 2006, Meen mockingly sings on a beautiful ballad.

Another favorite fan, “Nasheed el Banadoura” (“Anthem of the Tomato”), invites people to use tomatoes as weapons for an artistic revolution. [11]

Music and style

Meen’s music style is purely western. Even though Eastern instruments are occasionally used, like the Buzuk , the riq , the oud , and others, the music is regarded Mainly rock / blues , with a traditional rock composition of two guitars , one bass guitar , drums , and a synth .

Creative Commons

Meen is the first Lebanese band to release its music under the Creative Commons license since 2006. The band has licensed its material as Non-Commercial Attribution No Derivatives (by-nc-nd). [12]

Discography

  • Rishineh Bel Kalash (2016)
  • 3arouset Bkeseen (2011)
  • Live (2009)
  • Mni L Manjam 3al Marreekh (2009)
  • Teer w 3aleh ya balon (2009)
  • The Gebran – Kadar L a7rar (2007)
  • Yalla nerqoud (2007)
  • Ma3 Meen (2006)
  • Banadoura compilation (2006)
  • Qamlo L 7arb (2006)

References and press interviews

  1. Jump up^ “Interview About The Banadoura Compilation”,Daleel Annahar Newspaper(Lebanon), July 2006
  2. Jump up^ “Banadoura Compilation Review”,Daleel Annahar Newspaper(Lebanon), Feb 2007
  3. Jump up^ “Interview About Tueini Album”,Daleel Annahar Newspaper(Lebanon), 18 Dec 2008
  4. Jump up^ “Announcement May 2009 Concert”,Al-akhbar Newspaper(Lebanon), 30 May 2009
  5. Jump up^ “Announcement May 2009 Concert”,Daleel Annahar Newspaper(Lebanon), 22 May 2009
  6. Jump up^ “Launching 2009 Albums Interview and Review”,Future News Television(Lebanon), Dec 2009
  7. Jump up^ “Almustaqbal Newspaper – Official Website” . Almustaqbal.com. Retrieved 2010-12-01 .
  8. Jump up^ “Almustaqbal Newspaper – Official Website” . Almustaqbal.com. Retrieved 2010-12-01 .
  9. Jump up^ [1], “3arouset Bkeseen album on cdbaby.com”
  10. Jump up^ “Radio Interview With Meen”,Voice From Lebanon(Lebanon)
  11. Jump up^ “Interview With Meen”,Daleel Annahar Newspaper(Lebanon), 2 Aug 2009
  12. Jump up^ [2]

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