Arabic Christmas Carols at St. Patrick's Cathedral (Video)
By; Ahmed Fathi & Anjali Sharma
New York: A first-of-a-kind event took place at the St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City 143 years history where Dalia Younis an Egyptian Muslim singer performed Arabic versions of the popular Christmas carols as part of the cathedral “Guest Choir Concert Series”
Dalia is a former medical practitioner who followed her creative passion and began her musical career in 2017. She launched the ‘Singing Circle’, a non-profit initiative that aims to help others express, explore, and recover through collective singing; and the ‘Fucis Music Project.’ , her trip to New York was sponsored by the Shafik Gabr Foundation; East-West The Art of Dialogue Initiative.
Dalia also leads the ‘Klaxics Project’ — an A cappella group that sings folk, pop, and original songs that relate to the public in Egyptian Arabic — which amassed 4 million views on social platforms when it launched in 2018,
The mezzo soprano motored, joined, and featured in numerous music projects and community-based initiatives, including the German University in Cairo’s ‘Music Ensemble’, Lebanon’s ‘Fayha Choir’, and the Egyptian ‘Lullabies Project.’ She was also a guest performer at the ‘Together for Egypt’ interfaith dialogue programs closing ceremony at Gusour Cultural Center, among many other activities disclosed in her rich biography.
Dalia writes her own lyrics, music, and arrangements for A cappella; joined and led choirs; and facilitated A cappella and song writing workshops. The core values of all her projects are giving a voice to the voiceless and creating an enabling and supportive setting that cherishes self-expression, respect, and diversity,” reads her biography.
To view Dalia Younis full performance at the St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City click here.