Adonis in the spotlight

Hanine El Mir & Christina Batrouni
Copy Editor & Videographer

Adonis in Beirut on September 21st. Credits: Christina Batrouni.

On Thursday, September 21, Adonis performed their newest album “Nour”, featuring a few performances of their older tracks, to a full room at RAW Dbayeh.

Adonis have always provided fans with upbeat tunes that induce happiness – even when the lyrics themselves tell a different story. With “Nour”, this familiar tendency shifts. The album boasts a collection of several familiar, groovy songs, but also an admirable collection of mellow tunes.

The upbeat songs serve a critical take on society. Their happy tunes are contrasted with lyrics that carry alternatively heavy meaning. It is this injection of political activism into music that captures Adonis’ fans.

Adonis, like many bands within the local scene, are using their music to bridge the personal and the political.

Adonis frontman/singer Anthony Khoury. Credits: Christina Batrouni.

At Thursday’s concert, Adonis opened with an instrumental version of “Mbareh” followed by the groovy sound of “Mafraa Amshit”. After addressing the audience and sending acknowledgments, they played a medley of songs from their first album, including “Chajret el Jararank”, “Ajnabiyyi”, and “Stouh Adonis”.

The band’s lead singer, Anthony Khoury, then announced that they would play a slower song from the new album: “La Bel Haki”. It was followed by “Hayk El Nass”, “Nour”, and “Leli Ya Lel”.

To the band’s surprise, the audience sang along to these newer tunes as they danced and moved to the catchy beats.

The mix of new songs was then followed by a classic, “Daw El Baladiyyi”, which the singer jokingly referred to as “historical”. It is characterised as such for its exquisite satirical representation of the state of electricity across Lebanon.

Towards the end of the show they performed “Kawkab Tany”, a Lebanese cover of Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag”, which they had only previously performed once in Dubai.

They ended the show by performing “Eza Shi Nhar”, an infamous song of theirs that has garnered audience hype over the past three years.

Throughout the concert, the band members continuously engaged with the audience, blurring the seemingly-existent barrier between them and their fans.

The concert ended on a gleeful note, where the band engaged with their fans to take pictures, chat, and sign copies of the album. This spoke volumes about the band’s respect and love for their fans, and the fans’ mutual adulation.

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