New release: Emsallam joins Assasi for “Yalalalli”

When you’re stuck between cultures and the world is a mess, why not throw a party? Assasi teams up with Emsallam to laugh in the face of life’s absurdity over a danceable track (Haquin) piled high with layers of darbouka, riq, and cümbüs saz by Lo.Renzo (Lorenzo Mantovani) and Gilbert Mansour. The music video, equally [...]

“Music for a Future II” benefit livestream coming December 30

Syrian hip-hop artist Assasi and singer-songwriter S6ef are teaming up again for "Music for a Future II: Escape From Syria", another livestream benefit concert. Drop in for an evening of music and help us build a hopeful future for a special young man! The show is free and open to all, but we suggest a [...]

Assasi awarded Maine Musician Relief Fund grant

We are extremely grateful to report that Assasi was chosen by the Maine Musician Relief Fund jury to receive a grant. Funds will be leveraged to upgrade our livestreaming equipment. Thank you to SPACE and the Maine Musician Relief Fund jury! The grant represents a significant investment in Assasi's future, especially at a time when [...]

New release: Assasi fuses Afrobeat with Arabic flair on “Mandal”

One day, I had an epiphany. I realized that haters and their mindless imitators could only bother me if I cared what they had to say. “Mandal” and its accompanying music video celebrate me running out of fucks to give! Featuring live riq, tombak, and sarangi by Lorenzo Mantovani, “Mandal” reinterprets dancehall-UK drill fusion a [...]

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“Music for a Future” fundraiser coming up March 21

Assasi and S6ef are teaming up with the good folks at Wicked Brew Cafe (Bangor, Maine) for an intimate music fundraiser 6-8PM on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Drop by for an evening of acoustic music and help us build a hopeful future for a special young man! There is no cover charge, but we suggest [...]

Help us build the “Borderless Vibes” playlist!

In honor of the upcoming release of "Zawrak", an immigration-themed track by Homs native K-Lead with guests Assasi and S6ef, we invite you to contribute suggestions for a collaborative Spotify playlist!

Queen City Cypher #3 feat. Words of Phrase, Hannah Harleen, S6ef, and Assasi films live June 29th

For our third Queen City Cypher, we're going big with your host Assasi, Portland MC Words of Phrase, singers Hannah Harleen and Stephanie Crosby, and a fire track by producer and previous QCC guest artist desmo..  Expect old-school Fugees vibes with a nostalgic 1950s Nile River twist.

Queen City Cypher #2 feat. Boss films live Friday, May 10

EDIT: You can now watch Queen City Cypher #2 on YouTube or listen to it on your favorite music service. ... For the second Queen City Cypher, we are honored to feature Maine hip-hop OG Boss! Bangor-areas music fans are invited to watch the live filming, while the global fam can tune in on the [...]