Zenobia create one of today’s biggest synthie sounds between Beirut, Damaskus, Haifa and Amman. It combines Arabic pop melodies of the Levant area passing through Palestine down to North Africa with electronic beats, incorporating the rhythms of Syrian and Palestinian "Dabke" and in addition Egyptian beats and atmosphere. It is the brainchild of Nasser Halahlih, a pioneer of the electronic music in the Middle East. He and his bandmate Isam Elias started this project in 2017 in Haifa, inspired by Zenobia, the Queen of Palmyra, who lived and ruled the Levant region and Egypt in the third century AD.
A strong electronic live act, they have gathered a large fan base in Palestine and Israel in a short time and have been a highlight of showcase festival PMX in Ramallah and of Amsterdam Dance Event in 2018. Concerts in Europe followed both headlining and as a support for 47SOUL, Acid Arab and Mashrou’Leila. Now signed to Crammed Discs, in 2019 they’ll release an EP and their first full-length-album.
Nasser Halahlih - Ableton Push, synthesizer
Isam Elias - keyboards, synths, drum pad
worldwide, Middle East