Music and Songs
Over the past few decades, Syria has seen great development in music at the level of both composition and performance. The credit is due to music institutes, both public and private. But like other fields of cultural innovation, official frameworks restrained music and, interestingly enough, heavy metal artists were arrested and imprisoned on charges of “devil worship.”
Music has provided the soundtrack for demonstrations since the very first moments of the revolution, drummers’ rhythms blending with crowds’ clapping. It has grown to reach many musical genres.
One can identify three main types of folk and popular music:
1- Singing songs based on traditional melodies or melodies popular with the general public. These songs are re-performed in their original form, but with new words tailored for the revolution. This approach is the most common and frequent in demonstrations.
2- Singing songs with new melodies and lyrics composed by famous artists with established attitudes towards the revolution.
3- Group singing by non-professionals that is broadcasted through social networks and television stations that support the revolution.
Many bands have emerged that adopt Western musical genres including jazz, rap, hip hop, pop, and rock and roll.
Several classical pieces have also been composed that use melodies common in the revolution. Additionally some non-Syrian musicians have created pieces dedicated to the Syrian people.