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Soundtrack to the Syrian Uprising

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Friday, March 02, 2012

As news of violence continues to pour out of Syria, we examine the role of music in the country’s ongoing uprising. We talk with Malek Jandali, a composer and musician of Syrian descent, and New York Times UN bureau chief Neil MacFarquhar. Plus, a live performance from Grammy-winning string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Music and the Syrian Uprising

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.

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