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Celebrating Syria Festival Launch


Come along to the launch of the 5th Celebrating Syria festival. This unforgettable night will feature a live performance by singer Omran Zain, with Kareem Samara on oud and Walid Zedo on percussion. Learn more about this year’s festival programme and in an informal and welcoming atmosphere in the amazing Event Space at HOME.

Omran Zain studied oriental-Arabic classical singing at the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus, Syria, where he specialised in classical singing, and also mastered fusing singing  with contemporary jazz.

As a member of the National Syrian Orchestra, Omran performed at the Damascus Opera House. He has also worked with the English virtual band, Gorillaz. In 2016 he completed a tour across Europe, including the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, and Turkey. During this tour he performed at world-famous festivals such as Glastonbury and Roskilde. He also performed at WOMAD Festival in 2017 and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018.

Omran’s current project, which will be released soon, involves converting various traditional Arabic pieces into modern jazz songs. This project will incorporate elements of music and an expressive style of dancing and performing. Original songs are also in progress.

Walid Zedo is a percussionist, educated and trained at the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus, specialising in classical and oriental music. He was a member of the Syria National Orchestra, the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music, the Arab Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians and many others. Walid has performed in opera houses across the world, including the UK, Germany, Algeria, Morocco and Lebanon.

Kareem Samara is a musician, composer, and organiser from London.  His practice investigates the intersections of struggles and combines traditional Arabic instruments with electronics to create a unique soundscape of protest. He is a serial collaborator (Smoked Poets, Ryan Harvey) and he often composes for various theatres in and around the UK.

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