Montreal electronic duo Wake Island chat new album and home cooking

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Montreal-based electronic production duo Wake Island will release their latest album Born To Leave on April 30, 2021.

Composed of Philippe Manasseh and Nadim Maghzal, two Lebanese immigrants who met in Montreal in the early 2000s, Wake Island is inspired by their Middle Eastern roots, which they combine with avant-garde techno beats and a pop aesthetic reminiscent of the 80s and 90s.

Their new album, Born To Leave, is decidedly more pop than their previous work and evokes their personal experience having immigrated from Lebanon to Canada with great sensitivity and panache. Each song on the album deals with a different facet of their story. Sung in three languages (French, English and Arabic), the album runs through the Lebanese diaspora’s gamut of emotions, from confusion to hope to anger and nostalgia.

Strongly supported by the Montreal artistic community and in the Middle Eastern and North African music scenes and LGBTQ community, the duo created LayLit, a dance party seeking to highlight the musical diversity of the Middle East and North Africa.

We chatted with Phil & Nadim ahead of the album release. Watch the full interview below:

Wake Island’s YouTube channel also sees them sharing some of their favourite recipes. They suggest you start with the one below but promise many more to follow. Bon appetit.

Interview by Steve Gerrard

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