Meen (band)


Meen (band)
Meen

Meen performing in Beirut Martyr square in the event of World Peace Day
Background information
Origin Beirut, Lebanon
Genres Rock, Lebanese
Years active 2006–present
Labels Banadoura
Website http://www.meentheband.com
Members
Ralf Choueiri
Makram Aboulhusn
Bernard Njeim
Joseph Hammam
Toni Yammine
Fouad Yammine
Past members
Dory Francis
Tareck Annish
Mike Ghanimeh

MEEN (Arabic: مين ‎) is a Lebanese rock band founded by Fouad and Toni Yammine in 2006. The band is best known for its humorous and sarcastic style, and most notably for performing in native Lebanese, not traditional Arabic.

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Projects and involvements

Toni (on the left) and Fouad Yammine (on the right) on stage

In 2006, Meen had its very first concert at the Saint Joseph University in Beirut, where, for the first time, the band performed for a small crowd of 300 persons. Soon, the band was touring in other Lebanese Universities. Late 2006, Meen's single Banadoura were published in the Banadoura compilation,[1] a lebanese compilation featuring lebanese underground music for the latest 20 years.[2]

In 2007, Meen wrote and released “Yalla Nerkoud”, the official song of that year’s Beirut Marathon and performed the song on the finish line the day of the event and the performance was broadcasted live on most lebanese TV channels.

In 2008, the An-Nahar national newspaper contacted Meen and asked them to compose songs for the yearly memorial event of Gebran Tueni. Meen wrote five songs for the event, and all were released as an album entitled “Adar el A7rar” (Destiny of the Free). Meen performed the songs live in an event that was boradcasted live on all lebanese TV stations.[3]

In 2009, the band released the album “Teer w 3aleh ya Balon” with 5 original songs composed and recorded for the children’s play of the same name. In May 2009, the band performed in a big concert at the heart of the city at "theatre tournesol".[4][5] This event was recorded and later released as a live album, on December 8, comprising thirteen original songs in pure Meen style. On the same date, Meen also released an 8 tracks studio christmas album entitled "Min L Manjam 3al marrekh.[6] And in less than two weeks, both albums were in the top 20 virgin megastore best sellers (At number 2 and number 11) making the band the best selling artist in lebanon during 2009 christmas season.

In 2010, Meen was touring all around the country and performing in private and public events and festivals.[7][8]

In August 2011, Meen launched their latest album, 3arouset Bkeseen.[9]

Lyrics and songs topics

Meen Fans singing Banadoura with the band, Beirut Downtown 2010

As stated in numerous interviews, Meen fervently promotes the Lebanese dialect versus the culturally adopted traditional Arabic. The band members consider it only normal to sing in the spoken language of everyday conversations, even including the occasional English or French words that naturally occur in them. Their lyrics reflect this unique and rare approach.[10]

Meen’s song topics are varied and are usually quite mordant and sometimes critical of the political climate in Lebanon. In their single, “Kamlo l 7arb” (“Continue the War”), released in 2006, Meen mockingly sings on in a beautiful ballade “let the war carry one, and let the children die”.  

Another fan favorite, “Nasheed el Banadoura” (“Anthem of the Tomato”), invites people to use tomatoes as weapons for an artistic revolution.[11]

Music and style

Meen’s music style is purely western. Even though oriental instruments are occasionally used, like the buzuk, the riq, the oud, and others, the music is mainly considered rock/blues, with a traditional rock composition of two guitars, one bass guitar, drums and a synth.

Creative Commons

Meen is the first lebanese band to release its music under the Creative Commons Licence since 2006.

Discography

  • 3arouset Bkeseen (2011)
  • Live (2009)
  • Mni L Manjam 3al Marreekh (2009)
  • Teer w 3aleh ya balon (2009)
  • La Gebran - Kadar L a7rar (2007)
  • Yalla nerqoud (2007)
  • Ma3 Meen (2006)
  • Banadoura compilation (2006)
  • Qamlo L 7arb (2006)

References and press interviews

  1. ^ "Interview About The Banadoura Compilation", Daleel Annahar Newspaper (Lebanon), July 2006
  2. ^ "Banadoura Compilation Review", Daleel Annahar Newspaper (Lebanon), Feb 2007
  3. ^ "Interview About Tueini Album", Daleel Annahar Newspaper (Lebanon), 18 Dec 2008
  4. ^ "Announcement May 2009 Concert", Al-akhbar Newspaper (Lebanon), 30 May 2009
  5. ^ "Announcement May 2009 Concert", Daleel Annahar Newspaper (Lebanon), 22 May 2009
  6. ^ "Launching 2009 Albums Interview and Review", Future News Television (lebanon), Dec 2009
  7. ^ "Almustaqbal Newspaper - Official Website". Almustaqbal.com. http://www.almustaqbal.com/stories.aspx?StoryID=423466. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  8. ^ "Almustaqbal Newspaper - Official Website". Almustaqbal.com. http://www.almustaqbal.com/stories.aspx?StoryID=415544. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  9. ^ [1], "3arouset Bkeseen album on cdbaby.com"
  10. ^ "Radio Interview With Meen", Voix Du Liban (lebanon)
  11. ^ "Interview With Meen", Daleel Annahar Newspaper (Lebanon), 2 Aug 2009

Other interviews and reviews


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