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BIG NEWS Dear Friends! Our song BORN TODAY just WON the Creativity Award presented by the BEYOND music foundation and the artistic director of the project, multi Grammy winning songwriter and producer Larry Klein! This is a cross cultural collaboration that I am very proud of and that's dedicated to the memory of a musician loved by many: Eyad Osman. A big THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for your votes and support. Although the voting is independent of this award, your votes made this song visible enough to be noticed and awarded this incredible recognition amongst more than one hundred songs submitted. A big thank you to the phenomenal musicians who brought my song to life ❤️

Composer, orchestrator, lyricist, producer: Yours truly سعاد بشناق Suad Bushnaq Bagpipes Performance: Sandro Friedrich Lead Vocal Performance: Syssi Mananga Bouzouki Performance & Improvisation: Michael Paouris. Mixing & Mastering: Hazem Jabbour at GAYA Studio (Damascus, Syria)

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Here's more about our song:

What emotions go through a migrant’s heart as they realize they are alone, far away from home? The amount of courage it takes to open their heart to a new life, find new love, and form new bonds is unfathomable, yet it's possible when strangers extend a compassionate hand amidst the affliction of having lost everything. They are Born Today, on the day they face their new life with new fears and dreams. This song is a cry for help that is full of hope and trust in the human spirit of love, compassion and empathy. It is a collaboration between musicians of very diverse cultural backgrounds as listed in the submission form. It features a powerful African voice, rich Celtic bagpipe cries, intricate Greek bouzouki, pensive piano, and a yearning Arabic cello all shining within a lush orchestral texture laced with percussive fusion flamenco heartbeats and a touch of electronics. We wanted to explore what a 'cry of hope' would sound like through aspects of music stemming from our own cultures as well as others. 'Born Today' is dedicated to Syrian musician Iyad Osman, who refused to carry a weapon in order to keep playing saz. A kind soul who loved mixing cultures in his music, he fled Syria only to die a year later as a result of a mistreated mild illness. He united the music community worldwide in happiness through his music, and bitter grief over his loss, despite their diverse political views.To Iyad, who is ‘Born Today', on the day he died, and the love he spread to the world.


Take me away Don't let me stay My family's gone and I'm the only one Show me the life Open my heart Wipe my tears I'm born today.

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