Amid the growing violence in different areas in Syria, activists in Qamishli insisted to breathe life in the city through organizing the First Spring Festival in Qamishli, April 7 – 13. The participation of Arta musical band was remarkable during the festival’s activities with a group of musicians the band includes.
Among musical performers, a blind violin player attracted the interest of the audience during a solo performance. Sipan Ali provided a mix of sad and enthusiastic musical pieces, inspiring the listeners and conveying his peaceful message of life through music, driving them away from the sphere of war, at least for moments.
In front of a thirsty audience to music and the lively emotions it can move internally despite of the mounting scors of death across the country, Sipan Ali played his solos while the sound of missiles could be slightly heared shooting the suburb of Qamishli city.
“We are tired of the war and its effects on our lives. We want the sound of music to overwhelm and overcome that of the missiles, we prefer life over death,” Ali told ARA News.
Ali lost his eyesight due to a retinitis when he was nine years old, but his blindness couldn’t prevent him from reaching his aspirations in life; mainly playing music in from of hundreds of people. Ali studied music by himself and learnt playing violin over years of practicing at home, before joining Arta musical band and becoming a prominent violin player in Qamishli.
“I believe that human’s determination is the most significant factor to be able to face all the obstacles and crises in life, and the best example is the determination of the Syria youth to continue their peaceful efforts to keep the current pro-democracy revolution alive,” he said. “Music and art in general represents a mirror to the revolutions of nations and it expresses the revolutionaries’ aspirations.”
Civil activists in Qamishli, with a Kurdish majority, made remarkable efforts to preserve the city from any violent aspects, and peaceful anti-régime protests were organized over almost two years. However, recent clashes occurred between the régime and a number of armed rebels, indicating the start of a violent era in the region, causring the displacement of hundreds of families.
Source: ARA News
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