songs and poems for freedom (subfolders)
Wasfi Massarani, Syria
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
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a poem for a free Syria
Oh their chants, peaceful protestors reach,
Screaming for justice, freedom of speech,
Across the country, the call is beseeched,
The world sees that they are met at guns reach.
Oh the cries, out of mouth of babes,
Have you seen them? Mothers cannot save.
They are in painful, dire situations as they rave,
There is no mercy, they are so BRAVE.
Oh their plight, the civilians of the city,
Screaming for help, as though the world cannot see,
Pleading and begging for shelter, food and safety,
Basic needs, little to ask for in Assad’s torn country.
Oh the slay ones, you hear them no more,
Their bodies torn mutilated, burned, unsightly gore,
The Regime, Shabiha created , augmenting the terror,
Thugs honor Assad, increasing their power and torture.
Oh their fight, the Shabab so true,
For freedom is the goal, no need to be blue,
For the blood of the martyr’s are for the land a new.
Assad just go away, Syria is in no need of you.
Oh you, thy art an absolute oppressive dictator,
With your true lies and on screen fabricator,
You show no mercy for the free Syrian sector,
Your dominion will fall, regardless of your helper.
Oh the veto ones, how they rule,
To keep their interest afloat, on land and fuel,
This will not last, it is only a tool,
For money, greed and power, we are no fool.
Oh world rulers, how they sit and wait,
Friends of Syria…UN, US, AL and UK,
Vain talks and meetings regarding the state,
Where is –the cause for humanity-, what does it take?
It is certain one day if God is so willing,
Victory to the ones who are most deserving,
That solely reflects the purpose of the uprising,
That Freedom is a RIGHT, Syrian’s fight for the taking.
We hope and pray for this wretched war to end.
Not easy when the world is not an interceding friend,
But the FreeSyrianArmy keep fighting and this message they send,
They will be FREE and they are willing to die for its end.
by our friend "revo"
Freedom songs "without words"
Malek Jadali: Freedom for true art
When Syrians took to the streets in March 2011, they rebelled not only against the ruling Assad family, but also against the obscurantism that had been imposed on them for decades. Art as a whole, and music in particular, have played a crucial role in the paradigm shift that has accompanied the revolution, as Syrians discover their voices for the first time.
Syria Untold spoke to renowned composer and pianist Malek Jandali about the emergence of new forms of art and music in Syria. Jandali, who composed the song “Watani Ana” (My Homeland) at the start of the revolution, told us what he considers to be his personal contribution to his country: Music for freedom and justice, music for a new Syria.
Syria Anthem of the Free
Jandali’s latest work, a song called “Syria Anthem of the Free,” is something he described as “an anthem by the people, for the people.” He collaborated with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cairo Opera House Choir to produce the song, as he thought Syrians deserved an anthem that represented the people.
The anthem tells the story of the millions of Syrians impacted by the current uprising; the martyrs, the women, the children and the refugees. “There are so many stories, and we artists, especially musicians, are so lucky because we can cut through the social political limits, and geographical boundaries, and go right into humanity, into the hearts of those children,” Jandali said. “We can be the voice, rather than the echo of these kids. Music, as this universal language, can tell the story and put a human face to the sacrifices and the story of those courageous kids.”
The current Syrian national anthem, “Humat al-Diyar” (Guardians of the Homeland), was first adopted in 1938. It was replaced briefly in 1958, when Syria joined the United Arab Republic with Egypt, but has been the symbol of the country since 1961.
Syrian pianist and composer Malek Jandali. Source: Malekjandali.com
Jandali said he did not write “Syria Anthem of the Free” with the intention of it being the new national anthem, but would be honored if the Syrian people chose it to be so. It starts off with the words Syria and freedom, two references missing from the current anthem: