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Audience is jury: Egypt's Platform invites listeners to choose tracks for 'Music from Here' album

The audience is invited to choose from 118 tracks by Arab musicians, pushing the most listened-to 30 tracks to the final selection

Ahram Online , Wednesday 10 Jun 2020
Screenshot from Platform's list of tracks by Arab musicians.

Egypt’s website Nowhere Online Music Platform, simply known as Platform, has announced a second stage of the 'Music from Here - Special edition: Time out' music album.

In the second stage, the listeners are invited to promote their favourite tracks, choosing from 118 entries submitted to Platform between 5 May and 6 June.

In this stage, 30 tracks chosen based on the highest interaction of listeners will enter the final stage on 15 June where they will then be judged by a committee of music specialists.

The committee will choose 10 tracks that will make it to the ‘Music from Here’ album, which aims is to showcase work created by the artists who stay at home while continuing to make music.

"At this point, the audience is the jury, who will push the most listened-to 30 tracks to the final selection," Platform's Facebook announcement revealed. The selection closes on 15 June.

Follow this link to listen to all the tracks

Follow this link to vote on your favorite track(s)


In early May, Platform released a call to all Arab musicians – whether residents of an Arab country or beyond the region – to participate in the album-in-the-making, which would will include a variety of creative voices from the region and beyond.

According to the announcement released by Platform, the album would focus “on musical works produced by Arab musicians and their partners around the world, using different production techniques inside their homes and with different production possibilities. We do not aim to provide musical works that talk directly about the ban or infections or even COVID-19 around the world.”

The aim is to collect productions that see creative technical contribution prompted by the unique time we are going through. Platform adds that the chosen works will be archived for future reference.

In the first stage of the album preparation (5 May - 6 June), the Platform received tracks from 150 applications from 19 countries, which resulted in the upload of 118 tracks for listeners to vote on.

Over 50 tracks are submitted by Egyptian musicians, 20 from Morocco, and 7 seven from Tunisia. Other Arab countries which submitted their works include Algeria, Jordan, Palestine, Libya, Lebanon, the UAE, Syria, Sudan, topped by entries by Arab musicians residing outside the region such in as Slovenia, Germany, and France.

The 'Music from Here' album project is supported by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, a body which has already cooperated with Platform in some of their previous musical endeavours.

Founded in 2014 by Emad Mabrouk, the Nowhere Online Music Platform aims to create a central point for all the young and aspiring musical talents. Among their reservoir, we find bands such as Almena, Hawas, and Hageen, among other bands which came to light in the past few years.

Platform also collaborates with many well-established musicians and has offered many unique activities including online concerts.  

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