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 Music Issue 19 On a Grander Scale Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna now may live on the opposite side of the globe, but she’s determined to evolve while staying true to her roots. Arts & Culture Music Issue 20 Bring It on Home: Leon Bridges From bussing tables to playing at the White House in under two years, Leon Bridges has no plans to part ways with his humble beginnings. Arts & Culture Music Issue 21 Variations on Solitude: Glenn Gould Three decades since his death, Canadian pianist Glenn Gould’s inner life endures with as much legend as his recordings. Arts & Culture Music Issue 22 Esperanza Spalding Esperanza Spalding continues to challenge expectations and classifications—particularly her own. Arts & Culture Music Rosie Lowe London-based singer Rosie Lowe talks to us about creative recharging, the power of songwriting and the vulnerability inherent in live performance. Arts & Culture Music Issue 23 Jones A British musician offers advice on how to harness massive ambition: Do not yield to self-doubt.