Finding Home

Maya Youssef

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Format: CD

Cat No: SG01CD

Release Date:  01 April 2022

Label:  Seven Gates

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  5070000485898

Genres:  Classical  Middle East  

  • Description

    Maya Youssef is a multi-award winning musician and composer from Syria. She is 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 Western classical and contemporary styles. It explores the emotional and healing qualities of music.

    The '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.

    Maya wrote this album during a time of spiritual awakening. Over time she has come to accept the loss of her homeland and in the process of grieving (which she explored in her Album Syrian Dreams in 2018) Maya has found a much greater sense of home in the most spiritual sense.

    "As any Syrian will tell you, there is this overwhelming sense of loss and an overwhelming sense of grief. Because that world which existed before the war started, despite it naturally having problems, was a beautiful world with a booming economy, artistic scene, film festivals and visiting international artists, Damascus was the third safest city in the world. The loss of that world was heart wrenching and, in a way, steered me towards a universal concept of home.

    The main trigger that made me create Syrian Dreams was the Syrian war and the loss of my homeland. And it's only by embarking on that spiritual journey of constant meditation and of finding home within God and within myself that I started to feel consolable and started to feel that I have my own home within me. I felt that the world is my home and humanity is my home. With my latest album I want to take people through a transformative journey, where they land in that place of home for them. No matter how that will look like for each person." Maya Youssef.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. An Invitation To Daydream
      • 2. In My Mother's Sweet Embrace
      • 3. Samai Of Trees
      • 4. Jasmin Bayati: To An Earth Angel
      • 5. Silver Lining
      • 6. Lullaby: A Promise Of A Rainbow
      • 7. Soul Fever
      • 8. My Homeland
      • 9. Walk With Me
      • 10. Walk With Me (feat Leo Abrahams) (Bonus Track)