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The Heretical Harmony of Sabah Fakhri

The Heretical Harmony of Sabah Fakhri

He was deeply saddened by the destruction that had befallen the Citadel of Aleppo in recent years, privately mourning the loss of the amphitheater and the old market of Aleppo that launched his career, for Aleppo remained a jewel in his heart until his dying breath.

A Love Song Still Divides a Region

A Love Song Still Divides a Region

A romantic song has captivated audiences across the Balkans, the Middle East and as far away as Japan. But despite its themes of love and longing, it has been hijacked by nationalists determined to make political mischief out of a search for its origins.

The Divas of the Arab World

The Divas of the Arab World

The exhibition at IMA shines the spotlight on women who are not as well remembered as Umm Kulthum, such as the beloved star of Egyptian musicals, Laila Mourad, who was Jewish, or Warda, who was born in Paris of Algerian parents and began singing in her parents’ cabaret.

Olivia Snaije
Bob Dylan Helped Me Survive Pirate Captivity

Bob Dylan Helped Me Survive Pirate Captivity

I was spending hours alone with my thoughts, ever since a gang of pirates kidnapped me from a car outside the dusty crossroads town of Galkacyo, in central Somalia, during a reporting trip in 2012. The mystery of this song became an obsession.

Michael Scott Moore
‘Shut Up and Play Your Guitar’

‘Shut Up and Play Your Guitar’

Alex Skolnick is a virtuoso musician best known as the lead guitarist for thrash legends Testament and his own jazz trio. When he started weighing in on politics, he was told to “shut up and play your guitar.” In an essay for Newlines, he writes about the responsibility of artists in a time of political turmoil.

Alex Skolnick