Maya Youssef: Finding Home

A special concert for World Refugee Day

Thursday 20 June 2024

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To celebrate World Refugee Day, join British-Syrian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Maya Youssef as she performs music from her latest album, Finding Home.

Hailed as “queen of the qanun,” the 78-stringed Middle Eastern plucked zither, Maya’s intense and thoughtful music is rooted in the Arabic classical tradition but forges pathways into jazz, Western classical and Latin styles.

Born in Damascus, as a result of the war in her home country Maya arrived in the UK in 2012. Since then, she has pushed the boundaries of the qanun and has performed at the venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Shakespeare’s Globe and WOMAD Festival.

Finding Home is a journey through memories and the essence of home both within and without in the search of that place of peace, comfort, and healing which manifests in everyone in a unique way.

Support from Thanda Gumede. Thandanani Gumede is known as Thanda (pronounced “Tanda” like Panda), for short—a Zulu name that means Love One Another. He is an award-winning vocalist and a multi-disciplinary artist of dual Zulu and Xhosa heritage, hailing from Durban, in South Africa.

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Maya Youssef: Finding Home

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