HARETH MHEIDI: MY ALBUM WAS RECORDED UNDER BOMBARDMENT!

HARETH MHEIDI: MY ALBUM WAS RECORDED UNDER BOMBARDMENT!
Investigations | 27 Oct 2014

Harith told Radio Rozana: "I never had the idea of releasing an album at all when writing my musical pieces. But when I had a reasonable oeuvre at hand, all of whose pieces intersect at one point—a return to self—I took the decision to release an album." 

No recording equipment were available in the war-torn city of Deir ez-Zor. Harith improvised by placing sheets and sponge on windows to insulate the sound. He then resorted to some software to help him purify the recorded sound, until the quality became acceptable.

In Harith’s songs, the word ‘freedom’ is central, as well as the state of love and honesty which permeated Syrians at the inception of the revolutionary movement. "Each track has a story, a message, for the listener. ‘Atfeh’s Revenge’ for example is dedicated to the souls of Leen and Leila Atfeh, two girls brutally slaughtered at a regime checkpoint in the coastal city of Qadmus."

The album also comprised tracks from the soundtrack to the film "Reflections on Nothingness" by young director Hatem Hiddawy, and the piece "Furat" on the Euphrates River, the bridges built across it, and the civilizations that rose on its banks.

Harith confirms that all the difficulties he encountered—be it the long siege, his exodus from Syria, or the loss of his instrument, his own Oud (lute)—did not prevent the album coming out. He also entertains the hope to return to his hometown to play his music there.


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