Jasmin “Dado” Ikanovic rose to become one of the producers of the revolution. Originally, Dado is from Bosnia, but fled to Libya during the outbreak of the Balkan conflict in 1992. Bringing with him music training, and extensive knowledge of rock & roll, Dado soon became the epicenter of the underground music scene that developed in Benghazi. As an accomplished guitarist, his Mark Knopfler-influenced style had a massive impact on the local Libyan musicians.
When the revolution first broke out, Dado wrote We Will Not Surrender (We Win or We Die) with his friends Moftah Sallack and Rami El Kaleh. When Rami died soon after, Dado gave the song to an Irish journalist Mary Fitzgerald, and within a month, the track was charting all over Europe, reaching as high as 44 in the Denmark chart-base. By July, 2011, Dado was the de facto producer of the revolution, and recorded a myriad of genres, ranging from the crunching metal riffs of Dawn of Odessa to the outlaw country twangs of Taher.
Since the time he moved to Libya, it had been a dream of Dado’s to launch a music festival in the heart of Benghazi. When the revolution ended, he saw it as a perfect opportunity to see his dream come to fruition, and planning began in earnest for the launch of the first annual Benghazi’s Rebirth Festival of Freedom at Benghazi Courthouse Square on February 15th, 2012. To find out what transpired, watch STRONGER THAN BULLETS.
Guys Underground are a rock & roll band from Benghazi, Libya, founded by bassist Marrwan Gargoum and virtuoso guitarist Yahya Mogarbe. During the Libyan uprising, they rose to prominence with anthems such as Revolution, and for their stunning collaborations with Benghazi rapper MC Swat.
In 2011, they brought on Hussain Kablan, singer of We Will Not Surrender (We Win or We Die), and toured extensively throughout Libya until 2013. During of the planning of Benghazi’s first ever music festival (Rebirth Festival Festival of Freedom), Marrwan and Guys Underground played a crucial role in hashing out logistics. Whatever careers they forge out in the future, they will always be known as one of the prominent voices of the music revolution.