The Ruptured music label was founded by radio host Ziad Nawfal in 2008, as an outlet for his activities as music producer and promoter in Beirut, in collaboration with studio engineer Fadi Tabbal.
Ruptured aims to release material by local Lebanese artists, as well as non-Lebanese musicians settled in the Middle Eastern area. In its early years, the label’s main production output centered around “The Ruptured Sessions”, a series of recordings made in the studios of Radio Lebanon, the local Lebanese government radio, during Nawfal’s weekly program Ruptures. Between 2009 and 2013, five volumes of “The Ruptured Sessions” were released, each focusing on a specific genre and segment of Beirut’s multi-faceted alternative scene.
Nowadays, the label commissions and releases specific projects and albums from prominent Lebanese independent artists, including Munma, The Bunny Tylers, Kid Fourteen, Kinematik, Safar and Interbellum, among many others. To celebrate its ten years of existence, it will release in the summer of 2019 an album by renowned British singer/songwriter Mike Cooper. In addition to its regular production output, Ruptured organizes small and large-scale shows, performances and concerts in Beirut and its surrounding areas, featuring both local and international artists.