The Sounder

Lebanese filmmaker and photographer Alain Sauma on one of his favourite images
“The Corniche. Beirut. Summer 2016. A popular diving spot among local youths. Two Syrian friends were standing watching. One of them, Salemeh, moved closer; all of a sudden he decided to dive. Within seconds, Salemeh had stripped off, climbed over the railing, and was preparing to jump. The drop wasn’t far, just a few metres. His friend couldn’t believe it: “We were just supposed to meet u ...
Jul '17
Rania Naufal
Profession: Bookseller, Papercup owner, Mum Age: Depends Favourite Book? I’m a bookseller, come on, you can’t ask me that! Best Coffee? First one in the morning (tastes even better in bed, which is a true luxury nowadays). Hero? My son. Why do you do what you do? Because I love it. Papercup is as much about the experience of the space, the experience people have when they come in, as the fact that we sell prints. I wanted to create a place where I like to hang out, a home from ...
Jul '17
A recollection by Ramsay Short
The soldier jabbed his rifle at me as I descended the ramp stairs from the plane to the tarmac. “Your mother can't afford clothes for you?” he said grinning. It’s 1987, I’ve just landed in ...
Jul '17
What to read in the sunshine
From no particular period and no particular genre, as chosen by the Papercup team Zeina Bassil (ZB), Rania Naufal (RN), Cyrille Karam (CK), Julia Sabra (JS) and Ramsay Short (RS). Pink - Kyôko Ok ...
Jul '17
How a record made for an MGM B-movie in the 1970s birthed the drum break that created hip-hop
Let me qualify that. There are (arguably) three funk and soul drum breakdowns that not only became p ...
Jul '17
Mixtape 1 – All About The Drum
Books. Music. Visual arts. We love them all at The Sounder. And as much we have a special place for words and pictures in our hearts, there’s something about music, something so universal, so embracing, so powerful that connects on a mental and physical level for the listener that might just make it the highest form of art we know. The Sounder must therefore, have sound. Our first Sounder playlist relates appropriately to our essay this issue “All About The Drum” on the seminal drum breaks ...
Jul '17