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AWIL 145 - Maya Youssef

 Mesmerising conjurer of qanun, Maya Youssef on this A World in London! Click:  

You can almost imagine the original advert on a dating app: ‘Qanun, ancient Persian zither seeks 21st century Queen of the heart’. A young girl living in Damascus saw this advert and replied, ‘I will be your heart, your queen, your life-partner, and together we will make beautiful music that will touch the hearts of everyone else’. That girl was Maya Youssef, and thus began a soul-filled romance with her Qanun that has taken the love-struck pair concerting around the world, via seas filled with Syrian Dreams. We first interviewed Maya Youssef in 2012, after she had just moved to London. She was on the brink of new discovery, and her homeland was on the brink of disaster - a lot has happened in the five years since then.. Listen to this AWIL to hear one of our most poignant & moving interviews, plus Maya’s emotive & spellbinding compositions from her critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Syrian Dreams’. See her on stage at The British Museum this weekend for free, November 24th & 25th!

ARTIST                                                 TRACK                COUNTRY

Joji Hirota & London Taiko Drummers  Hiten Ryu II         Japan/UK

James Patrick Gavin             London Town                         UK/Ireland

Mary Ann Kennedy               Gradh Geal Mo Chridhe        Scotland

Latchepen                              Love Letters                           UK/Iran/France

Maya Youssef                         Toota                                      Syria/UK

‘           ‘                                   Bombs Turn Into Roses          ‘           ‘          

‘           ‘                                   Syrian Dreams                        ‘           ‘

‘           ‘                                   Queen of the Night               ‘           ‘

‘           ‘                                   Hi-Jazz                                    ‘           ‘

22/11/17 – AWIL at Res 145  Online:  Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling & sketches by artist Alban Low. Also this week Latchepen at SOAS Radio:  Next week global music at SOAS. #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 4pm SOAS Radio