The Palestinian band, “Mafar,” has finished recording & shooting its new album, titled “VISA – تأشيرة ”, a musical series which portrays a complete story, combined in a special audiovisual production that is considered the first of its kind in the Arab world.
The album holds 10 sequential tracks that will be released completely on various social media, in July 2019.
In a prelude to the album release, and just few days ago, Mafar released the album trailer on its official Facebook & Instagram pages, as well as on its official YouTube channel, paving the way for an album that embraces 10 video shot musical tracks, combined together in a series, in a way which integrates and merges music, theatrical acting and audiovisual effects, all at once, showcasing a different artistic experience, in contrast to any other standard composed music.
The album simulates the audiovisual senses of the listener, to narrate the story told through the music, and embodies it through the different conflicts of various characters of the series, as well as transforming the music and lyrics to visuals which support the nature of the story itself. Furthermore, it reinforces the psychological status of the listener, and exposes his/her senses, enabling them to dive in through the story itself, and to participate with their own feelings and human nature, to be a part of it.
PNN further reports that Mafar consists of 6 members. The band was formed in Palestine, in 2014, and came with an idea of reforming the alternative music base and representing it in a special way, in the Arab world. In July of 2016, Mafar released its first album, “Untitled – بلا عنوان ,” consisting of 9 tracks. The band found a new way of merging western music with eastern vocals, creating a new musical character that is able to represent the reality which faces the youth in the Arab world.
Internationally, Mafar ranked second, among different Arab countries, in the Arab Festival for Youth Music, in Guelmim, Morocco, and harvested three other individual prizes.
Mafar is known among Palestinian bands for its stage presence, as well as the ability to deliver a message through its musical arrangements and crowd interaction, which enabled the band to help in building a public Palestinian alternative music base that reaches to the Arab youth, through its speech of reality, in a musically artistic way. This method has helped Mafar to act as an instrument which provokes the senses of Palestinian and Arab youth through its music, and to contribute in the overall alternative rock scene, in tandem.
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