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PREMIERE: Habibi Funk Shares Two Rogér Fakhr Recordings
Patrick Clarke , March 5th, 2021 08:17

The label's next release will be a collection of songs by the Lebanese pioneer

Habibi Funk, the acclaimed Berlin-based label dedicated to music from the Arabic-speaking world, has unveiled its next release, a compilation of recordings by renowned Lebanese musician Rogér Fakhr.

Titled Fine Anyway, the album comes off the back of Habibi Funk first working with Fakhr on a 2020 compilation of Lebanese music, which was released in aid of victims of last year's explosions in Beirut. Shortly afterwards, the label's founder Jannis Stuertz received authorisation to make this compilation.

Fakhr is lauded among Lebanese musicians, having worked alongside the likes of Issam Hajali, Ziad Rahbani and Fairouz, but his solo music, sung mostly in English, has never received a widespread release and promotion until now. Ahead of the release of Fine Anyway, you can listen to two songs from the compilation above ('Fine Anyway') and below ('Had To Come Back Wet'), exclusively via tQ.

Habibi Funk will release Fine Anyway on April 9, 2021.