Iklil (or 'crown [of flowers]' in Arabic), pronounced 'ee-kleel', is an original Arabic-Rock band based in Beirut, Lebanon. The concept of an all-female rock group in Lebanon was conceived in 2008 by guitarist, Joy Zahar. However, due to the shortage of female musicians in Lebanon, it wasn't until 2013 when the group finally started to take form. The first to join was Marru El-Charrif, vocalist and keyboardist, followed one year later by bassist, Lea Haddad and finally, drummer, April Centrone.
Iklil crashed together in a stylistic Big Bang. Marru brings her love of Arctic Monkeys and Muse, Lea the funk and soul classics, April a mash-up of Nirvana, Tool and the Weeknd, and Joy everything heavy metal. Once the hot mass chilled and cooled, exposed was a rare gem of original music with the unmistakable streak of every girl's influence, served on a bed of deliciously smoked Arabic vocal lines and driving pulses reminiscent of Lebanese folk mountain music.
The combination of talent, beauty, grace and powerful stage presence was an instant hit, catapulting Iklil into the Beirut music scene. Iklil was swept up by Lebanon's major festivals, and the girls were called in to numerous TV and radio stations interviews. After certain satellite TV interviews took air, an unexpected thing happened. Girls and young women started writing and calling in from around the region, including countries where women are not allowed to play musical instruments. Iklil realized, not only were they making an impact on their own soil, but also the greater Arab World. Iklil then understood its mission, to inspire women in the Arab World - and around the world - to have their own voice. For women to express themselves creatively, in freedom, not fear. For women to aspire to be whatever they choose.
Iklil's achievements include the Beirut Open Stage Public Choice award at Grand Factory (March 2015) and has appeared in major Lebanese festivals: Jim Beam Rocks (July 2015) alongside Glenn Hughes (Black Sabbath, Deep Purple), Fete De La Musique (June 2015), AUB Outdoors (May 2015) and Beirut International Jazz Festival (April 2015).
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