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Syrian and Lebanese artists present a unique visual concert in Beirut supported by UNHCR

On Tuesday December 18, DABAKA a one-of-a-kind performance took place for one night only at Beirut’s The Grand Factory.

DABAKA is a musical project that brings together Lebanese and Syrian artists around a visual concert and an exceptional album. Funded by the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, the show was one of the fruits of a collaboration that lasted numerous months.

Revisiting the folkloric “dabkeh”, a dance and musical practice emerging from the Levantine’s common heritage, the artists joined their passion and talent to reclaim its place within a contemporary context.

The project hopes to encourage more dialogue between artists on the cultural scene and to foster a greater understanding of the unique role art can play in bringing people together.

Samer Eldahr, Khaled Omran, Wassim Bou Malham and Wael Koudaih took the stage by storm with an intense musical performance alongside an elaborate visual experience devised by Joan Baz. The event, which was free of charge, brought a diverse audience of over 1000 people, young and old, to the encounter of our common heritage in a contemporary setting through this fruitful collaboration. The album that was distributed during the event comprised four diverse tracks composed and produced by the four musicians.

DABAKA is funded and supported by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and organized with the support of Red Oak. DABAKA project is an initiative by Wael Kodeih.