Style meets substance as Palestinian singer, songwriter and activist Bashar Murad perfectly sums up 2020 with new single ‘Maskhara’, his first release on PopArabia. With 2020 undoubtedly the worst year this century, we’re all in need of a dash of colour, a spring in our step and some hope in our life. And Bashar Murad is the counter-culture pop hero who’s doing his best to save this year with his latest release ‘Maskhara’ .’ Where much of music in recent years is made up of covers, middle of the road pop collaborations and ultra-safe soundbites, Bashar is a breath of fresh air. In fact, you could almost frame him as a new superhero for his Arab generation: here to save the day with two fingers aloft in radiant peace signs and rainbow streamers fluttering from his golden cape. Don’t just take our word for it, however. The BBC, The Guardian, CBC and NME have all fallen for his charms, describing him as a “slightly built, mild-mannered Arabic provocateur.” Add to that he was commissioned by the United Nations to write and record a track for them, and you have an artist very much on the up. Then again, with his father the founder of Sabreen, the first alternative Palestinian music group in the 80s, music and the alternative scene is very much in Bashar’s blood.