Arabic Beat is a collection that chronicles the musical creativity of Arabic musicians today. The album revels in artists rarely heard in the West: the unsung stars and hit- makers who shape the region’s music. Arabic Beat features more of the upbeat Middle Eastern and North African dance music that made Arabic Groove a global success.
Across the Middle East and North Africa, the beat goes on. Inspired by music from across the globe but true to Arabic music’s deep roots, the songs on Arabic Beat tell the story of a thriving contemporary scene that stretches across the breadth of the Mediterranean.
Wild-eyed bohemians and visionary songwriters, belly-dancers and R&B crooners, child stars and Idol-style contest victors, the artists on Arabic Beat each have their own story. But, most have one thing in common: They are household names in certain corners of the Arabic world, but have yet to reach many listeners in the rest of the world.