In Qamishli, Music Over­whelms Sound of Mis­siles

ARA News

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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