"Music is not meant to be described; it has to be experienced, it has to be lived." Bachar Mar-Khalifé is a Lebanese-French artist whose diverse musical interests extend from collaborating on jazz, electronic, and hip hop projects with several artists to taking on work with the Orchestre National de France and the Ensemble Intercontemporian. Bachar is a composer in addition to being a singer and an instrumentalist and has composed for several films, including Layla Fourje in 2013 and Fièvres in 2015.

In our exclusive interview, ahead of his performance at the 2018 edition of the annual Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival in Cairo, Bachar discusses what it’s like growing up in an artistic family with a Lebanese musical legend for a father, the pitfalls of exposure, and his thoughts on mahraganat music...

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