10 Days, 10 Countries, 10 Songs: Day 7

I originally had a different song in mind to share today. However, recent events have led me to change my plan slightly. On August 4th, the people of Lebanon experienced a massive tragedy when explosions rocked the capital, Beirut.

As Lebanon grieves their losses and begins the process of picking up the pieces, I wanted to acknowledge their suffering in some small way. I don’t have specialized knowledge of Lebanon or their music, but with a bit of research, I discovered a rich tradition of songs of lament.

The name Fairuz came up as of critical importance. Her song “Li Beirut,” released in 1984, was an homage to a city which, at the time was being torn apart by civil war. Though the recent explosion was a different sort of tragedy, the emotions and imagery of the song make it seem a fitting tribute to a city in mourning.

For a far more detailed and in-depth analysis of Fairuz and her music, I offer the following article by someone more knowledgeable than myself:

https://raseef22.com/article/1076065-fairuz-li-beirut-and-lebanese-nationalism

Li Beirut, my prayers are with you…

Cover Image from Wikimedia Commons:

Anchal Vohra/Voice of America / Public domain

3 thoughts on “10 Days, 10 Countries, 10 Songs: Day 7

  1. Reblogged this on nomad4now and commented:
    Thank you, Tango, for including Lebanon in your survey of worldwide indigenous music. Fairuz’s ionic voice of longing for what is gone… whether a people, a nation, or a love… is like an arrow to the heart. Thank you for this recognition and to all Lebanese,: we mourn, we commiserate, we want answers, and we want change. -nomad4now

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    1. That’s what I have been learning this week! I was already familiar with Umm Kalthoum’s work for and loved discovering Fairuz.

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