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In the basement of Mohammed Ghibris' DJ School in Hamra, Priscilla Bakalian smoothly bounces behind the boards as she waits for the perfect moment to mix together two tracks.Bakalian is part of a new trend at the DJ School as over the last year Ghibris has seen a dramatic rise in the number of female students signing up for his classes. It's a shift in direction, as the Lebanese DJ scene is largely dominated by men; it's far more common to see a male DJ playing in Beirut's top nightclubs.Ghibris said it's difficult to determine why there has been a recent upswing in females getting engaged in DJ-ing, but he feels that the Lebanese desire to be unique may play a part. Despite the fact that all the world's biggest artists have probably played in Lebanon at some point, the nation is still in the early stages of carving out its own sound and exporting music.That was 10 years ago, and now Ghibris says a new generation is growing up with this technology available and they are starting to break new ground.From a family of self-professed "audiophiles," Bakalian has always had an obsession with music.
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