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Festival booker Jenny Wren’s playlist of Middle East and North African (MENA) artists to know

Festival booker Jenny Wren’s playlist of Middle East and North African (MENA) artists to know

Photo: Palestinian - Chilean artist Elyanna

The festival music booker (formerly with Body&Soul) is currently based in Dubai and working with festivals in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region, including UNTOLD Dubai.

WorldWideWren, is a new weekly playlist from Jenny Wren, featuring artists of the region.

. .. In simple terms, I wish to share the progressive & diverse music scene of where I find myself geographically, Middle East, and North Africa (MENA), featuring Artists from Saudi to Egypt, Palestine to Morocco.

From Arab Trap to Pop, Hip Hop to Dance, explore with me the leading, emerging talent and new releases of the region. 

The playlist will be updated weekly(ish) and a backup kept in WordWideWren, so delve between them. Some standout artists for me are Saint Levant, (Palestine)  Elyanna (Chile/Palestine), Ma-Beyn (Egypt – Palestinian), Cosmicat (Saudi Arabia), Belly( Palestine), Dina El Wedidi (Egypt), Bashar Murad (Palestine), Nour (Egypt), El Kontessa  (Egypt), Ammar 808 (Tunisia), Emel Mathouthi (Tunisia), Marwan Pablo (Egypt), Liliane Chela (Lebanon) to highlight just a few and lots more together to know.

We are witnessing a Genocide in Palestine. Now more than ever – and by any means possible – support for Palestine is imperative. Music is my lane, I am lucky enough to have been exploring local MENA music and artists for the last 18 months; of course, I’ll use whatever small medium I have to share the important voices of our Palestinian brothers & sisters.

In Ireland, I became known for introducing audiences to new and wonderous artists on festival stages. Now, I continue to do so through a playlist, shining a spotlight on a more specific region, reflecting where I’m currently based. Music is always such a beautiful means of cultural exchange & solidarity, the most common language we have, I’d love to build some musical bridges from MENA to Ireland.

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