Mashrou' Leila performs during the Ehdeniyat International Festival in Ehden, Lebanon, August 12, 2017.
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Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila's blend of indie rock and lyrics about social and political injustice has won a passionate following among fans seeking an alternative to Arab pop with its romantic themes.Lebanese radio stations steer clear of its music.Things don't seem to be changing in the region, Sinno said, so the band has been playing more abroad.Others wore Nirvana and Beatles T-shirts.Lebanese and non-Lebanese fans said they liked the band because it is not at all like traditional Arabic music. Beirut, with its eclectic mixture of noise and language, also had a big influence on the band. Asked if he believes the band's music had alienated audiences, Sinno said that's always a risk, but one he's willing to take.
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