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  • Writer's pictureMajid Alhusseini

Arab DJ Revolution: 10 Names You Need to Know Today

Updated: 6 days ago



In recent years, the global music scene has witnessed a remarkable surge in the prominence of Arab DJs, who are breaking barriers, redefining genres, and captivating audiences worldwide. From dominating festival stages to gracing the decks of renowned clubs, these talented individuals are leaving an indelible mark on the international music landscape. Here are 10 Arab DJs making waves internationally that you should keep an eye on in 2024:


Cosmicat



Hailing from Saudi Arabia, Nouf Sufyani, also known as Cosmicat, is widely recognized as the Kingdom's pioneering female DJ and producer. With her innovative approach and trailblazing spirit, she has played a pivotal role in advocating for inclusivity within the industry, opening doors for countless other women to follow in her footsteps.


A self-taught virtuoso, Cosmicat's musical journey is a fusion of her love for electronic music and the diverse sounds that have shaped her upbringing – from pop and disco to R&B and hip-hop. On stage, she captivates audiences with her dynamic performances, seamlessly blending vocal riffs and samples from the '90s and early 2000s with techno beats to create a bold yet melodic experience that resonates with crowds far and wide. Cosmicat's rise to prominence not only showcases her undeniable talent but also serves as an inspiration for aspiring artists everywhere, proving that with passion, dedication, and perseverance, anything is possible in the world of music.


Bedouin



Meet Bedouin, the Brooklyn-based duo comprised of Egyptian Rami Abousabe and Jordanian Tamer Malki. Since their debut in 2014, they've been on a mission to infuse their Arab heritage into their music and share it with the world. Their signature deep house grooves carry an unmistakable oriental flavor, whether produced collaboratively or through Tamer's solo work.


With their unique blend of traditional influences and contemporary sounds, Bedouin is making waves in the dance music scene, quickly establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Through their captivating rhythms and cultural resonance, they're bridging cultures and captivating audiences worldwide. Keep an eye on Bedouin as they continue to push boundaries and leave their mark on the global music landscape.




Jack Sleiman




Jack Sleiman, an iconic figure and award-winning DJ, has left an indelible mark on Beirut's vibrant clubbing scene, a testament to his unparalleled talent and dedication. Collaborating with industry giants such as Sean Kingston and Karl Wolf, his feel-good track 'Remember' became a summer anthem in 2019, further solidifying his status as a musical legend.


Beyond his prowess behind the decks, Jack is also a skilled producer and sought-after radio host, effortlessly captivating audiences with his infectious energy and magnetic charisma. Whether he's spinning tracks at SKY 2.0 DXB or collaborating with top artists, Jack Sleiman continues to push boundaries and redefine the sound of modern club culture.


With his innate coolness and boundless creativity, Jack Sleiman is more than just a DJ – he's a cultural icon, inspiring countless music enthusiasts to dance, celebrate, and embrace the joy of music.


Basil Al Hadi



Well before he established himself as one of the most sought-after DJs, songwriters and producers in the UAE, Kuwaiti-born Basil Al-Hadi (stage name: Karrouhat), started his music career as the lead singer of a reggae band. Those early influences proved pivotal; these days he blends international reggae hits with classic Arab tunes to crowd-pleasing effect.


A true champion of Arab music and an ardent advocate for bringing it into the mainstream, Al Hadi is well known for his creative vision, unique style and fashion nous (he has appeared on the catwalk at Paris Fashion Week and starred in campaigns for Burberry). His infectious energy and original sound mean that he continues to be not just one of the most reliable party-starting spinners around, but a DJ that will keep the people moving all night long.


Dina



Dina Khashan, better known as DJ DINA, has firmly established herself as a prominent figure in Cairo's electronic music scene. Her name frequently graces line-ups across the city, testament to her undeniable talent and growing influence.


Having cultivated her passion for techno while in Toronto, DINA began her own journey as a performer before returning to Egypt to immerse herself in the country's burgeoning electronic music community. Known for her dark beats and intense sets, DINA's performances are a captivating experience not to be missed.


With her electrifying presence and unique sound, DINA has carved out a distinct niche within Cairo's vibrant music landscape, captivating audiences with her unparalleled energy and infectious enthusiasm for techno. Whether you're a seasoned techno enthusiast or simply looking for an unforgettable night out, DINA's sets promise an exhilarating journey into the heart of electronic music.


Ahmed Spins




Ahmed Spins, a rising DJ and Producer hailing from Casablanca, is on a mission to elevate Morocco's presence in the global music scene. With a firm belief that music has the power to transcend boundaries and unite people, Ahmed aims to showcase the rich cultural tapestry of his homeland to the world.


Having recently performed sets in diverse locales such as New York, Lebanon, South Africa, and Egypt, Ahmed has experienced firsthand the transformative effect of music on audiences worldwide. His passion for music and its ability to foster global connections ignited at an early age, influenced by his older cousin and the burgeoning electronic music scene in North Africa and the Arab world.


One of Ahmed's standout tracks, "Anchor Point," featuring Ghanaian artist Stevo Atambire, epitomizes his vision of unity through music. Since its release in 2022, "Anchor Point" has captivated over 20 million Spotify listeners with its infectious beat and Atambire's powerful vocals. Through its mesmerizing sound, the track transcends cultural and linguistic barriers, transporting listeners to a realm of unity and positivity.


DJ Viva




DJ Viva, a Canadian-Saudi music producer and professional DJ, is based in Saudi Arabia and has a deep passion for entertainment, especially music.


Additionally, she is an aerial arts performer and trainer. She has performed live at numerous events, including AnghamiLab Riyadh, the Etro Launch in Riyadh, MDLBEAST Soundstorm 2023 and BaladBeast 2023, Freaks of Nature Querencia, WWE Night of Champions, AlUla Skies Festival, and as a resident DJ at City Walk. Other notable performances include MDL Beast 2022, Balad Beast 2022, Freaks of Nature 2022, Chanel, Versace, Les Plages Electronique in Cannes, MDLBeast 2021, the Red Sea Film Festival, and the Riyadh Season Opening Parade.


Recently, DJ Viva released her EP “Velvet Electricity” under MDL Beast Records and is preparing to release “Dark Angel” with MDL Beast Maestro. In addition to her music career, she is a co-founder and partner at 7Zenith Business Consultancy, which oversees EntertainmenTen and Sensation Art Gallery. She holds an MBA and is ABD in a PhD in Organizational Development. Furthermore, she owns Viva Cosmetics, available online and in stores, and VivaConcepts.


Tala




Hailing from Beirut, Tala, also known as Tala Mortada, has cemented her status as a prominent figure in the region's electronic music landscape. As a mainstay of the local scene, she has garnered widespread recognition, including a feature on the esteemed Boiler Room platform several years ago. With her signature clean and crisp sets, Tala captivates audiences with punchy and vibrant performances that strike the perfect balance between energy and control.


Regularly gracing the decks in Dubai and Beirut, Tala's popularity extends beyond the region, with occasional appearances in international venues. Her growing acclaim is a testament to her unwavering dedication to her craft and her ability to captivate audiences with her infectious energy and impeccable sound. Tala's rise to prominence marks her as a standout talent in the electronic music scene, with her distinct style and magnetic presence leaving a lasting impression wherever she goes.


Saif & Sound



Meet 'Saif and Sound,' an acclaimed DJ and revered personality in the Middle East entertainment scene. Renowned for his exceptional talent and captivating performances, Saif has left an indelible mark on some of the region's most prestigious events.

Saif's journey began as a record-breaking radio host, making waves as the youngest host at the age of 19. Over seven years, he mesmerized millions of listeners on 104.8 Channel 4, 104.1, and 100.5 Radio 1 with his unique style, delivering the best music, tackling controversial topics, and interviewing A-list celebrities including Rita Ora, Sean Paul, French Montana, and more.


Beyond the airwaves, Saif has graced the stage of numerous iconic events, including the FIFA Club World Cup, AFC Asian Cup, Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix, and Beats on the Beach alongside renowned artists like J. Cole and Travis Scott. His reputation as a standout performer has led him to open for global superstars such as Coldplay, Katy Perry, and Nicki Minaj.


Saif's passion for entertaining extends beyond music festivals to hosting prestigious events like the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival and the ITU World Triathlon. With his ability to command a crowd and create unforgettable experiences, Saif continues to leave an indelible mark on the Middle East entertainment landscape.


DJ Kaboo




Enter the realm of DJ Kaboo, a multifaceted DJ/Producer whose prowess knows no bounds in the Middle Eastern music scene. Known as the "Arab Trap King," DJ Kaboo has solidified his status among the industry's elite through his commanding presence at festivals, concerts, and the vibrant nightlife of Dubai and the Middle East.


Touring the globe with his distinctive Electronic Middle Eastern sound, DJ Kaboo has captivated audiences worldwide. His groundbreaking achievement as the first Arab producer to feature tracks in a Marvel cinematic production, specifically Marvel's 2022 hit TV series Moon Knight, has propelled him into the international spotlight. His tracks have soared up the global music streaming charts, garnering widespread acclaim seemingly overnight.


DJ Kaboo's journey to success was further bolstered when he was crowned Pioneer's Middle East Champion DJ in 2013, solidifying his position as a force to be reckoned with in the industry. From there, he has had the privilege of DJing for internationally renowned artists such as Drake, Rihanna, and Arab superstar Mohamed Ramadan. Notable highlights include serving as the official DJ for Rihanna's Fenty Dubai Launch party in 2018 and becoming Mohamed Ramadan's official DJ in 2021.


With each milestone, DJ Kaboo's presence in the region's music scene continues to grow, undeniable and unstoppable. As one of the rising stars in the industry, he remains poised to leave an indelible mark on the global stage.


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