The Markaz is pleased to cosponsor the performance of touring Tunisian hip hop artist Medusa TN in an evening of Discostan—the original SWANA diasporic discotheque—which returns with an evening of music and adventure on December 14 at Civic Center Studios in downtown L.A., featuring Iranian-born L.A. exile Maral who takes us on a wild ride through decades of Persian culture and contemporary dance music with her album Mahur Club, along with Giza-born DJ Shady Sphinx.
Discostan presents musical narratives from Beirut to Bangkok via Bombay, drawing on sounds from the past, present and near future, weaving a sonic tapestry that threads together anything from golden-era Bollywood numbers and Lebanese cinema scores to psychedelic funk from Turkey and Iran, plus the searing frequencies of Syrian dabke, Iraqi choubi, Afghan qataghani and Egyptian electrochaabi as well as contemporary Arab experiments in music and archival field recordings from near and far.
Medusa Tn is a Tunisian rapper immersed in Tunisia's burgeoning hip hop scene from the age of 10 who began with breakdance before getting into rap. She's become a force to reckon with on the male-dominated scene in Tunis. This is her first appearance in Los Angeles on a small U.S. tour before heading back to Europe and North Africa.
More about Maral
“Mahur Club, the debut release from Maral, is explosive. The ideas are unusual, the bass is fried and there's a jagged but undeniable sense of groove. On Mahur Club, Persian musical history, the LA beat scene, Jersey club and experimental club music jostle in a tumble of sound.”
"Like many electronic producers with a healthy appreciation for industrial aesthetics, Los Angeles’ Maral Mahmoudi loves the rumble of distortion and the wobble of worn-out cassette tape. Unlike most of her peers, she applies these effects primarily to Persian folk, classical, and pop. After testing out the concept on last year’s “Voices From the Land of Iran” mix and a more eclectic DJ set for the Astral Plane, Mahur Club represents a deep dive into her chosen material, stretching dubbed-out a cappellas and acoustic instruments like the setar over slow, blasted-out reggaeton beats. It’s a thrilling new spin on tried-and-tested lo-fi sounds.” –Philip Sherburne, Pitchfork
The Giza-born unstoppable Shady Sphinx makes his long-awaited return to the Discostan dance floor with lots of Egyptian shaabi heat.
Doors open at 10:00. There are a limited number of advance early bird tickets for only $8; after those sell out, tickets are $10 in advance and until 11pm night of, then they go up to $15.
Enter through the parking lot.
For those wondering about parking, there is some street parking available and a $10 lot with some parking available, though it sometimes fills up after midnight so carpooling and using a ride-hailing service is encouraged.
- November 14, 2019 at 6pm – 10pm
- Civic Center Studios, 207 S Broadway Ste 1 Los Angeles, California 90012