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Episode 164 [in English]: Taüs Jafar

This episode features Ṭaüs Jafar, formerly Tamara, who was born in Troy, MI to an Iraqi-Muslim immigrant family.  Ṭaüs’ music and songwriting has played on the radio, been featured in pop songs, in the scores of feature films and TV shows, and been part of experiential design in museums and large-scale public installations. Jafar’s work and experimentation as an artist, musician, and activist eventually led them to a practice and pursuit of knowledge around healing, meditation, and dharmic studies. After two years of training to become a teacher of a non-dualist meditation practice, Jafar is called again to share their music.

Total Habibi, Ṭaüs’ solo debut single, is the result of their intellectual and creative journey to this moment.  During this podcast episode, we discussed their process of music making, their family background, their meditation practice and what led them to it, and more!  Watch for the release of Ṭaüs’ single on June 22.

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Episode 125 [in English]: Eliz Murad

Note: This episode was recorded two days before the Beirut explosion.  Please see Nadia’s post from August 7th for relief fundraisers, updates, and more.


Lebanese-French singer Eliz Murad joined us to talk about the new band she is developing, The Sabayas!  We also discussed her former band, Teleferik.  Eliz is creating The Sabayas with Moroccan-French drummer Nadine Talif, combining Arabic with rock, blues, and soul.  Eliz was told – while on Lebanese TV – that she was the first Arab woman to sing in Arabic and mix it with rock and roll.

During this episode, we talked about navigating the music industry as an Arab artist in France, Eliz’s journey as a musician, the making of music videos with Teleferik, and more.  Check out Teleferik’s track/video “Behlam Fik” on Youtube:

Follow @elizh.murad on IG, as well as @the_sabayas

Logo for The Sabayas by Tracy Chahwan

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