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BAND OF BROTHERS

HAMED SINNO, THE FRONTMAN OF LEBANESE ALT-ROCKERS MASHROU’ LEILA, TELLS ATTITUDE ABOUT THE DEPRESSINGLY REPETITIVE CRACKDOWN ON GAY MEN IN PARTS OF THE MIDDLE EAST, WHY HE’S NO MORE IMPORTANT THAN HIS STRAIGHT BAND MATES, AND ABOUT SOME OF THE IGNORANT PICK-UP LINES HE’S HAD TO ENDURE

Mashrou’ Leila have had an exhausting few months. In June, the five-piece Lebanese alt-rock group were banned from performing in Jordan, a year after a previous ban was overturned. In September, a concert in Cairo turned sour as the authorities launched a crackdown on LGBT+ people after two concert-goers waved rainbowemblazoned flags in support of Hamed Sinno, the band’s gay lead singer.

When I speak to him on the phone, the group have just come to the end of a six-week tour in the US and Canada where they packed concert halls in San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia and Montreal, with songs from their third album, Ibn el Leil (which translates as Son of the Night). Over the past few months, the schedule has been packed and the pressure intense.

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