PRAED پرائدPsychedelic Shaabi from Beirut
|photo by Tony Elieh(Raed Yassin and Paed Conca)|
Founded by Raed Yassin and Paed Conca in 2006, “Praed” is a band whose musical oeuvre can be described as a mixture
of Arabic popular music, free jazz, and electronics. In the same year, the band made its first public appearance in Al Maslakh
festival in Switzerland, immediately followed by a concert at the Irtijal festival in Beirut. Since then, the band has frequented
numerous international music festivals and toured intensively world-wide, spanning Japan, Egypt, North, Central and South
Africa, Europe and Canada.
Through these endeavors, the band has created a large global network with other renowned musicians as musical collaborators.
The band consists of two regular members: Raed Yassin playing keyboards, laptop, electronics and vocals; and Paed Conca on
clarinet, electric bass and electronics.
PRAED did also perform under the name PRAED PLUS or PRAED extended as a big band together with Axel Dörner, Johannes
Bauer, Hans Koch and Stephane Rives or with different cast. PRAED had the premiere with a new big band project, the
PRAED orchestra, November 3rd 2018 in Sharjah with the extended line up of Nadah el Shazly, Maurice Louca, Hans Koch,
Martin Küchen, Christine Kazairan, Ute Wassermann, Alan Bishop, Radwan Moumneh, Sam Shalabi, Michael Zerang and
Khaled Yassine. In 2022 the PRAED Orchestra was invited to the Summer Bummer Festival in Antwerb, Belgium
with additional musicians and a slightly different cast.
The band’s body of work mainly explores the terrain of Arabic popular music (“Shaabi”) and its interconnectedness with other
psychedelic and hypnotic musical genres in the world, such as free jazz, space jazz, and psychedelic rock among others. Since its
inception, Praed has shown a very keen interest in this music as a medium that reflects Egyptian society’s
complicated fabric. Through the research it conducted, the band began to discover a strong cultural connection between
“Shaabi” sounds and the “Mouled” music is played in religious trance ceremonies. The hypnotizing psychedelic effect that
was embedded in this genre also triggered thoughts around its similarity to other popular music in the world that employ
forms of sonic delirium, such as free jazz and psychedelic rock.
Bob Baker Fish wrote in the cyclic defrost on July 15th 2016 :
They also sound like nothing else around…anywhere. Sure they’re mining an exotic aspect of Arabic popular culture, yet they’re
doing so in such an exciting and groundbreaking way, referencing freejazz and electronic music and in the process creating new
and hitherto unknown genres of sound that sets the pulse racing.
You can’t ask for much more than that.....