French Lebanese composer and singer Eliz Hanna Murad — known as Eliz Murad — released a song titled ‘Beirut’, commemorating the deadly blast in the city’s port on 4 August 2020.
Released on all major streaming platforms, along with a music video on the artist’s YouTube channel, the song is Murad’s first single after going solo from band Teleferik.
With words and music by Murad, the song pays tribute to Lebanon’s tragedy and people, who lost their lives and homes in the blast.
“Beirut, what happened to you? We extinguished your stars in the sky. Beirut, I dream of you. We can rekindle your stars in the sky....” the lyrics of the song say, performed by Murad in Arabic and English as she plays the electric guitar.
“Musically, ‘Beirut’ is a kind of powerful lullaby for adults, and a tribute for this town and country that is a real burden for the Lebanese. I would like to offer the Lebanese people a gift, a sound bubble, a lullaby to soothe the [memory] of this difficult day,” Murad comments about the song.
Eliz Murad was born in France to Lebanese parents. She grew up listening to western music, as well as Fayrouz, Asmahan, and Majda Al-Roumi; all of which fed her musical culture.
Her music blends Arabic, rock, and punk influences. She is the lead singer of the band Teleferik and has now embarked on a parallel solo career.
‘Beirut’ is Murad’s first solo single and first track from her debut EP ‘Apocalypsna’, scheduled for release in September 2021.
As revealed by Murad under the music video, “all the profits [from the single] will be donated to the association ‘Live Love Beirut’.”
The Beirut port explosion that took place on 4 August 2020 killed more than 200 people and levelled entire neighbourhoods of the city.
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