Zahed Sultan finds the beating heart at the centre of a vintage Lebanese disco hit with his latest single and video Layl — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
“Recorded during the Covid-19 lockdown in London, Layl is a reimagination of Do You Love Me, a famous Lebanese disco song from the ’70s by the Bendaly Family,” the award-winning artist, producer and entrepreneur explains. “In this song, I reframe the original version as a contemporary cinematic piece; placing it in a more melancholic and sombre space. With spiraling vocals, deep synths, and rich violin textures, I give greater meaning to the song by expanding on its themes of love and loss; particularly fitting in light of the tragic explosion in Beirut and the crippling of its creative community.
“I found a personal connection in Layl through the original version’s music video which was shot in Kuwait on the waterfront, a project designed by my late father Ghazi Sultan. The release of Layl marks a new path for me as I dedicate myself to rethinking Arab culture through music and multimedia performance.”
Currently based in London, the Kuwaiti-Indian artist has had his music licensed for television and film. Sultan’s ethos is based around fostering community through social impact programs and collaborative arts projects — including Vibrations, his 2018 EP exploring the cultural bridge between Jamaica and Kuwait via Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Studio.