Music is commonly used as a medium to express identity. This has been especially true for many underground musicians featured on the online music platform for social change, Mideast Tunes, including Youssef Abado, a multicultural and multilingual musician with powerful music and an interesting background. Part Palestinian and part French, he grew up in Galilee, a “1948 Arab,” and moved to France as a teenager. He’s been living in France for 20 years now.
Singing and speaking in 7 languages, his musical style has been deeply influenced by the different cultures and traditions he’s encountered, having lived in several places including Italy and South America. Abado’s lyrics are very moving, reflecting vivid feelings and accounts, combining nostalgia, irony, affection, humor, pain and longing, and last but not least, a ray of hope.
It’s like Abado says in the last verse of Legacy, a song he wrote about his grandfather longing for his home in Palestine, “hope always has a future.”
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