Safe & Sounds: Safe & Sounds #96 – Hasan Nakhleh (TootArd)


This Corona stuff really sucks ey! Since we might all be bound by borders for a while, we’d like to come together and share some happiness in the shape of a playlist or mix!

In the next days and weeks, check out Safe & Sounds, where we will figuratively introduce you to and put you in touch with music whizzes, featuring their selections, collections and picks from all around the globe.

Be “Safe & Sounds” and wash your hands!


Haven’t played live shows since more than a year now… been reflecting on the past few years… concerts, travels and the mind blowing Japan. Here is a playlist from the inspiring island, I hope you’ll enjoy it… But in anyway, make sure you go to Japan before you die!

(Hasan Nakhleh)


Hasan Nakhleh is a founder member of TootArd a “Mountain Roots Rock” band from the majestic mountainside village of Majdal Shams in the Occupied Syrian Golan Heights. Together with his brother Rami, they formed the band in 2011. “Their ‘Laissez Passer’ documents say their identities are ‘Undefined’ but they are sure that music will lead them. Singing in Arabic and gliding across the borders of West African, Saharan, Caribbean grooves and classical Arabic modalities, they will make every audience laugh, dance, smile, ask questions, and imagine the many possibilities for a better future”…

In May, they returned with Migrant Bird, an infectious re-imagining of their sound. Jammed full of pop hooks and quarter-tone melodic lines, “Migrant Birds” unleashes a disco whirlwind that pays homage to the Middle Eastern dancefloor scenes of the 80’s. Retro funky meets hi-sheen contemporary.


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