“Major music labels are looking for this new sound, this new kind of genre that will break globally, and there's a big bet on Arab music. ”
In this episode of the Telekom Electronic Beats podcast, host Gesine Kühne meets Lebanese music and tech entrepreneur Eddy Maroun. Almost a decade ago, he founded Anghami (which translates to “my tune” in Arabic), to tackle music piracy in the Arab world. Since then, Anghami grew to become the biggest streaming service in the Middle East and North Africa; but Maroun has his sights set on global outreach. This year, Anghami announced the forthcoming launch of a new hybrid entertainment venue called Anghami Lab, which is set to open in cities across the world, including Western hubs like London, New York, and Los Angeles. In the podcast, Maroun explains his musical background, how musicians from the Arab world can reach an international audience, and how today’s technology enables ever-diverse listening habits from streaming users worldwide.