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Music and the Syrian Uprising

Friday, March 02, 2012

As news of violence continues to pour out of Syria, we examine the role that music has played in the country’s ongoing uprising. Composer and musician Malek Jandali, who is of Syrian descent, joins us in the studio to discuss how his recent works, including the protest song “Watani Ana” (“I am my homeland”), have become part of the Arab Spring movement – and have attracted unwelcome attention from the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Plus: New York Times UN bureau chief Neil MacFarquhar joins us from Beirut to talk about other examples of creative revolt in Syria.

An example of revolutionary art in Syria: the YouTube series "Top Goon." The online show ended on Feb. 6, 2012.

Guests:

Malek Jandali and Neil MacFarquhar

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