To give the cover version of Smashproof's 'Brother' in the Beirut episode a truly Arabic feel, we wanted some Middle Eastern instrumentation.
The oud is an instrument that has a long history in Lebanon, and Mustafa Said is one of the greatest living players.
Blind all his life, having Mustafa performing for us in person at his apartment was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever heard in my life. I think all of us were crying a bit by the end. Really emotional stuff.