Hamed Sinno is the lead singer and lyricist of Mashrou’ Leila—the Beirut-based quintet that has crowdfunded its way to being the biggest indie pop band in the Arab world. Although Sinno says he has been known to spend weeks “on the couch binge-watching horrible television with the sole purpose of avoiding dealing with life, ” Mashrou’ Leila’s music very much suggests that he spends most of his time doing the opposite. Lyrics—sung in Arabic—on the band’s latest album, Ibn El This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Films Music Issue 42 Peer Review Iranian artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat pays homage to the iconic Egyptian singer Oum Kulthum. Music Issue 38 Rina Sawayama In London, Stephanie Phillips takes a tour around the sweet, strange galaxy of glitter pop sensation Rina Sawayama. Music Issue 38 Eric Nam A reeducation in K-pop from one of its brightest stars. Music Issue 36 Phoebe Bridgers Phoebe Bridgers likes Joni Mitchell, astrology and working on her issues. Eve Barlow meets the singer remaking emo in her own image. Music Issue 36 Last Night What did singer Tyson McVey do with her evening? Music Issue 33 Michael Kiwanuka The self-possessed singer on the importance of vulnerability.