Long before traveling the world, launching a label, and Ibiza residencies, Nicole Moudaber cut her teeth as a promoter in the Lebanese capital of Beirut. Moudaber was behind some of the first techno raves in a ravaged city. Going against the grain, she was pushing something new in music and nightlife. As a woman in the Middle East, this dance floor rebellion was met with heavy opposition. These struggles would lead to Moudaber leaving the county permanently as continuing her rise from London.
Now a modern underground has emerged in this cultural hub for youth in the region. What was once looked down upon is now celebrated as Beirut’s next generation injects techno music with a crisp edge of Mediterranean flavor unlike any city in the world. Now returning for well-received annuals, Moudaber revists here past in this short documentary.
In the late 90s, I was part of a burgeoning nightlife in Beirut, Lebanon. Our promotion of freedom and rebellious spirit attracted a lot of local opposition, which led me to move to London to pursue other dreams. I’ve never visited the site of my old local endeavours, until today.
Produced by local crew Late Knights, the team aims to show the true colors of Beirut by ‘exploring migrations of artists, their sounds, their stories and what it took to get here’. Cut down to eight minutes of raw emotion, Nicole and the crew visit three venues where she threw events in what seems like another life. Admitting that she ‘wouldn’t be where she was today if it wasn’t for these events’, it’s clear that these struggled defined and haunt the techno staple.