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The Ambient Oud (Arabic Songs)

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VISUALSPACE GALLERY

3352 Dunbar Street

Vancouver, BC V6S 2C1

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Farooq Al-Samarra'i is a music diploma holder and graduate from the department of English Literature at Damascus University. An Iraqi/Canadian singer, writer and entrepreneur, Farooq enjoys showcasing the beauty of Arabic music and language through singing, Oud playing and partnering with Middle-Eastern restaurant owners. He also offers "Oud" and Arabic singing lessons.


Rasha Youssef is a Syrian Alto singer and pianist who studied at Solfege and was a singer at the Rainbow Choir of the High Institute of Music in Damascus. She worked for many years in the area of gender-based violence, women's empowerment and advocacy. Music is a very important part of her life, especially Middle Eastern music. It is more than just a sound, it is an art with rhythm, emotions, identity and above all--it is fun! It can stir up your soul and goes directly to your heart, bringing about change.


The program will feature a variety of Arabic folkloric songs in a traditional, atmospheric and ambient style.


Teaser: The Pomegranate Song- أغنية الرمان - Iraqi folkloric song.

In this song the subject seeks to satisfy every whim expressed by his beloved. The Lyrics translate as follows:

” (She) wants me to bring her some apples: where shall I get her any apples?

If I were a farmer, I would have planted her a garden of fruits.

She wants me to bring her pomegranate : where from?

It is still ripe up there on the Trees.

Is it mint that she wants ? But where from?

I do promise her I shall work hard To cultivate all the lands by the riverside.

My soul is a candle illuminating the way before her.

I love her as much as I love the two great rivers.

She looks like an April Moon wherever she passes by .”


تريد مني التفاح ... منين أجيب التفاح ... يا ريت أصيرن فلاح ... وازرع ثمر ألوان

تريد مني الرمان ... منين أجيب الرمان ... بعده ورد نعمان ... ما ثكل الأغصان

... تريد مني النعناعمنين أجيب النعناع ... لتعب وازرع الكاع ... وكل جروف النهران

... روحي شمعة بدربها حب النهرين أحبها ... لو نثرت اكصايبها ... طلعت قمرنيسان

... تريد مني التفاح ... منين أجيب التفاح ... يا ريت أصيرن فلاح ... وازرع ثمر ألوان.


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3352 Dunbar Street

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