Mashrou' Leila's gay frontman confronts homophobia in Lebanon
Lebanese alternative rock band Mashrou' Leila uses their music to satirize homophobic attitudes in the Middle East, with a vocalist said to rock "a Freddie Mercury edge."
The band's lead singer, Hamed Sinno, joins Shad during the band's first North American tour. He reflects on homosexuality in his homeland, Western misconceptions of life in the Middle-East, and why it's so hard to make groundbreaking indie music in Lebanon.
WEB EXTRA | Lil Watan, from Mashrou' Leila's latest album Raasϋk, is a song that "discusses the way we are taught to acquiesce to the status quo, and the apathy we are rewarded for in Lebanese politics" — as the band writes on their YouTube channel. "Every time you demand change, they make you despair until you sell out all your freedom. They tell you to stop preaching and come dance with them."