- 50 Years of Rock and Heavy Metal in Syria: The 2000s
- 50 Years of Rock and Heavy Metal in Syria: The 70s – 90s
- Intro- Voices of Syrian Music
- The Diversity of Music in Syria
- Music & Religion
- Music & Community in Syria
- Folk Music
- Jazz Lives in Syria
- The Sound of Dayr az-Zawr
- Muwashahat: A Memory from Damascus
by Hannibal Saad
The experience of war would become a dominant subject for many Heavy Metal bands in Syria, who started striving from 2011. Bands like Maysaloun and DUST as well as many others continue to cope with the present turmoil of their country in their music.
| From Syria to the world
Spreading outside Syria, many musicians found a new home in neighbouring countries or in Europe and the US. The new energy that started flourishing from Syrian musicians in the diaspora started emerging from 2011 onwards, bringing out new formations with a strong fanbase such as Tanjaret Daght and Khebez Dawleh.
“The Syrian trio Tanjaret Daghet look increasingly like becoming one of the few bands to nail the tricky business of making Arabic language rock appeal to people who don’t really listen to anything except Western music.
Tanjaret Daghet, which came to life in 2008, is the brainchild of the lead singer and bass player Khaled Omran. One metamorphosis after another, the band stands at what it is today and is composed of three musicians, Tarek Khoulouki, guitarist and backing vocalist, Dany Shukri, the drummer, and of course, Khaled Omran. Based in Beirut (Lebanon), they attract large audiences in the Arab world and were able to reach such an attention, that the famous Rolling Stones Magazine featured an article on the new emerging Arab rock stars.
Khebez Dawle is a Syrian-Lebanese four-member Indie Rock band. Founded in Damascus in the late 2012 as a one-man project, the band consolidated in Beirut, Lebanon, in early 2013 with Muhammad Bazz, Bashar Darwish, Hekmat Qassar, and Anas Maghrebi. Their first self-titled concept album “Khebez Dawle” was recorded from April-July 2014 and released in August 2015. It features very well made energetic and powerful music. All the band members are now living in Berlin, Germany.
When I talk to these young emerging musicians, they are rarely aware of the history of Rock music in Syria. But still, somehow, the scene managed to survive and keep the water running so that waves can be seen. Despite the ongoing political situation in Syria, there are many very gifted Rock musicians in their early twenties, who are waiting and hoping for a better future. Amongst them are talents like Ammar Ghazi, Omar Hawasli, Mohammad Stash, and many others. I wish them the best of luck and perserverance in these times and hope with all my heart, that I will see them on big stages in a peaceful future.
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Feature Image: The image shows several Syrian Rock bands and musicians on one stage, performing with the Syrian Big Band in 2011 © Hannibal Saad. For more information on Rock music in Syria, please visit the Facebook group Rock Lives in Syria of Hannibal Saad.