WATCH: Arabic music is experiencing a new moment in the U.S. Here’s why

Until recently, Arab music had been used by American and European studios and popular media in a way that “was very orientalist,” playing on racist tropes, according to writer and music journalist Danny Hajjar. But music streaming apps like Spotify and platforms like TikTok have offered greater access to the music and allowed new Arabic music genres to bloom, Hajjar said. He and Philippe Manasseh, a Lebanese artist based in Montreal, Canada, and co-founder of Lalit joined PBS NewsHour’s Deema Zein for a discussion on this latest movement in Arab music.

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