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Lebanon’s Blu Fiefer Fights for ‘Sharaf’ in First Peek of Debut Album

The singer recruits Palestinian rapper, Mehrak, in an atmospheric track and video.

Blu Fiefer has never been an easy one to pin down. The Lebanese-Mexican artist plays with genre like puttie and one listen through her back catalogue will prove as such. Most recently, we’ve seen her collaborate with Egyptian rapper, Eldab3; now compare that track, ‘NASDAQ’, to say, Fiefer's politically-charged anthem, ‘Sint El Ew', from November, 2020, and that sense of unbound versatility will hit you square in the face.

For herself-produced latest project, ‘Sharaf’, the singer has recruited the talents of Palestinian rapper, Mehrak, in a track that certainly lives up to the its title of ‘honour’. Released on independent Lebanese label, Mafi Budget, the track finds a kindred spirit in the aforementioned ‘Sint El Ew’ in both its tangible and intangible sonic elements; you can talk about the rasping tabla present in both, for example, but it’s the abstract, the elusive that ties them together. As the first taste of her long-awaited debut album, there’s something sweepingly anthemic about it - lines like ‘Our family is fierce, hasta la muerte (to the death) habibi’ are oh-so singable, while Mehrak puts up his own demonstrative, combative front across two verses.The video, directed by Blu Fiefer and Wassim Haddad is a cinematic mishmash of the artists framed as both free and restrained in various locales - from a prison cell to a rooftop overlooking Beirut, from the confines of the bedroom to the release of the street.

There’s not really much else to say apart from… bring on the album.