Monday, 13 November 2017

Faia Younan’s North American debut at The Festival of Arabic Music & Arts

By: Rolla Bahsous



Syrian artist Faia Younan charmed the Toronto audience on the night of November 10, 2017 at her sold out show in the Isabel Bader Theatre during the eight evening of the Festival of Arabic Music & Arts.




Younan, known as the first Middle Eastern artist to crowdfund her debut, dedicated many of her songs to her homeland, with special tribute to the children of Syria.

Fans enjoyed favourites like “Baynatna Fi Bahr,” (A Sea Between Us), “Li Fi Halab” (For Me, in Aleppo), “Nam Ya Habibi” (Sleep, My Darling), “Zanoubia,” and “Mawtini” (My Homeland).

Younan, who is of Syriac origin, also pleased the crowd by singing one song in the Syriac language. Her charming personality brought elegance to the stage, as she took her audience on a celebration of Syria and the rest of the Middle East.

Before singing, “Li Fi Halab,” (For me, in Aleppo) Younan notes that “even with all the war and destruction that Aleppo faced, I choose to sing this song and still see Aleppo as the beautiful place I knew.”

Younan, who dedicates her art to humanitarian causes, mentioned that she hopes her music, like the song, “Nam Ya Habibi” (Sleep, My Darling), would help ease the anxiety of children facing war.
During her performance of “Nam Ya Habibi,” Younan asked the audience to turn their phone flashlights on to light up the theatre in remembrance of the children who were killed during the civil war, and in tribute to the surviving children that continue to face hardship.



Between songs, Younan spoke about her belief that art and music unites people, and about her hope for peace in the Middle East and around the world.


Outside of the auditorium, Syrian artist, Rana Hatmal, displayed her art pieces in an exhibition she dedicated to the people of Damascus. Like many of the musicians, Hatmal also believes that “art should join people.”



For more information about Canadian Arabic Orchestra, please visit www.canadianarabicorchestra.ca



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