This is an episode in which we (Ellie and Alia) muddle through our thoughts on, mainly, internet culture surrounding the Trump administration’s recent attack on Iran. This is not the time for funny memes; it is not the time for white Americans to simplify the situation or to make it about themselves. Excuse our disjointed discussion – you’ll hear us just trying to figure our thoughts out through conversation. Thank you all for listening.
For the last episode of this year, we bring you a glimpse into a party called Laylit. As the event listing describes it, it is a party celebrating the diverse music from the MENA region and its diaspora. “Stretching all the way back to the 50s and diving into today’s contemporary scene, each LayLit party takes you on a genre-spanning musical trip, highlighting the incredible diversity, depth and richness that comes out of the region.”
These parties happen in both Montreal and NYC; the NYC one is hosted by C’mon Everybody, a welcoming space in Brooklyn. Wake Island and Saphe make these beautiful dance parties a reality. We (Nadia and Alia) got to talk to Nadim and Phil of Wake Island about the significance of Laylit, what goes into curating a set, and how the revolution has influenced Laylit.
Later, you’ll hear from attendees Hilal a.k.a. thelebanesemafia!
Follow laylitparty and wakeislandmusic on Instagram.