Marajeeh (Arabic for Swings)


Like a child, I dream of swings
They heard me singing and said it must be the sound of the wind
Oh, sweet breeze, my heart is ill
And my heart and eyes have seen too much
My poor heart has seen too much
Put the swings up for the children of love
Put the swings up for those who stayed and those who remained
They heard me singing and said it must be the sound of the wind
Oh, sweet breeze, my heart is ill
If there is room left in the heart
If there is room left, keep a home for Beirut

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  • Amal Kaawash
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  • Nancy Mounir
    Music production
  • Amal Kaawash
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  • Genres:
    Alternative, Arabic, Fusion
  • Length:
    2 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 2, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    Palestine, State of
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Artist Biography

Amal Kaawash

Songwriter and vocalist. Amal studied Arabic singing in Beirut and has collaborated with various local and international musicians in Lebanon and abroad. In addition to songwriting and composing, Amal’s interest extends to musical folklore mainly from the Levantine area. Her latest shows in Lebanon included “Perfume and Henna” (2018) a celebration of the Palestinian heritage, “We Have Decided So” (2019) and “Whale, Let Our Moon Be” (2020) featuring a number of originals and a selection of traditional Arabic songs. As an illustrator, Amal is known for her cartoon character; Meiroun, named after her family’s home village in Palestine, ethnically cleansed in 1948.

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Artist Statement

“Marajeeh” (Arabic for Swings) is the first collaboration between Amal Kaawash (Palestine-Lebanon) and Nancy Mounir (Egypt). This song was the first that Amal created post the Beirut port explosion on August 4th 2020. Receiving a raw mobile recording of Amal singing along with a guitar, Nancy produced the musical sound structure of Marajeeh, after which the artists decided to keep the vocals in their original raw nature untouched. Marajeeh in its final form is simply a conversation between two friends who were sharing moments of grief and solidarity after that murderous incident in Beirut in a time that was turbulent for all humanity due to Covid-19 pandemic.