Marwan Khoury to Asharq Al-Awsat: The heart is busy… and 4 new songs will be released soon
He said the Lebanese artist adapts to musical changes and does not succumb to them
Monday – 10 Muharram 1444 AH – 08 August 2022 AD Issue No. [
Artist Marwan Khoury at Jerash Festival 2022
Beirut: Christine Habib
The reasons for Marwan Khoury’s absence are many, but people’s longing for his songs definitely remains the same. While the Lebanese artist attributes this absence to recent years, which have been hard for humanity, his homeland and him personally. However, even when he was silent on the release of what was new, the music did not remain silent in his heart, mind and conscience.
The numerous songs that Khoury collects do not linger long in the melodies and lyrics, but he chooses the appropriate timing to release them to his audience. According to what “Al-Fann Shamel” confirms, in his interview with “Asharq Al-Awsat”, the time has come for him to release four new songs, which will be released consecutively, starting next month, as soon as the musical arrangement, under the supervision of his brother Danny Khoury, and distributors Omar Sabbagh and Alexander Misakian, finish.
Marwan’s return is not limited to performing his own songs, but he will also return through the works he has written for other artists, including three works by Elissa in progress, in addition to songs by Magda El Roumi, Carole Samaha and Adam. Meanwhile, communication channels are still open with a number of Arab artists such as Ahlam, Angham and Sherine to crystallize the artistic ideas that Bukhoury will bring with him.
Times have changed, but Marwan sticks to his passion
A few days ago, Marwan Khoury was honored for the first time in his career at the Jerash International Festival. On that day, Marwan did not hide his happiness at this achievement and it was clear when he said: “Of course I am happy with the honor and certainly do not reject it, but since the beginning of my career I have never sought . awards and honors. As for the ancient Arab festivals, today they face the challenge of continuity, in the midst of all the transformations that the artistic scene is witnessing,” which Khoury sees as rapid but temporary transformations, stressing that he will not allow pessimism to lead him not defeated. When he sees the current artistic scene, he deals with it realistically, and develops his ability to adapt without It scratches his true musical identity. He also believes that the biggest challenge today, for an artist who is eager from the beginning was for originality, lying in innovation, but based on his own vision, and not based on the vision imposed by the age of social media and digital broadcast platforms.
Khoury criticizes the daily presence of artists on social media pages and considers it completely unhealthy. He explained that the obsession with searching for a beat that would be a trend or a hashtag on social media dominates the minds of songwriters “during the writing process, and can increase the chances of the work spreading.” On the other hand, he did not lose hope in the “Sami’ah” of the new generation, because they exist even if their number has decreased, adding that “they still hear the song as an emotional state and through melody and speech are influenced. , and they do not treat it as a mere (tendency) or dance.”
Marwan Khoury puts a question mark after the word “music”. These questions bother him, but they don’t overcome him: “Where is the music we know going? Does the music stay, or does the entertainment part stay? Will it take on a new look and sound signature?”
Marwan confirms that the artist, who lived through some of the good old days, lacks the public’s eagerness for artistic publications, noting that “social media has changed the way of listening. The personal effort made by the listener has disappeared. All have changed in viewer numbers. In the past, people waited for the cassette or CD to be released until they went to the store to buy it. They used to take time to listen and interact with the words and the melody, and in light of that, the hit song on the radio was determined.”
But in the face of this reality, how does an artist from the time of the poem continue, imbued with a dream and a melody written to the rhythm of the heart? Does he feel alienated from what is going on around him?
Marwan Khoury does not deny that he does not feel “fully belonging to the artistic scene as in the past”, but considers this temporary, “music is transformative, and what is happening now is temporary, and will not create a permanent artistic state .” He adds: “I never stopped, and what comes from work will confirm that. Music is my life and I still have a lot to say. I learned adaptation and adaptation from adults who preceded me and inspired me, like the musician Mohamed Abdel Wahab, who mastered keeping up with artistic waves and excelled in the game of evolution, from the thirties of the last century to the eighties.”
Marwan Khoury likes to be inspired by adults, and he doesn’t hesitate to bring them up through his TV show. Hardly an episode goes by without a repeat of a song from the archives of Umm Kulthum, Abdel Wahab, Warda, Abdel Halim, Zaki Nassif and other pillars of Arabic singing. He does this not because he is stuck in the past, but because he is still amazed every time he listens to that creativity that deserves to be kept alive.
love after parting
On the basis of “complete your life to the fullest, never look back”, Marwan Khoury wakes up to a new working day every day. “Corona” intersected with all the isolation and distance it carried, and in the end the masses returned to theaters and festivals. As for what is happening in Lebanon, it is difficult to express without leaving any impact on the artistic production movement, given the decline in economic and moral stability and the high level of anxiety.
But the biggest pain is the one that has written lines in Marwan’s life for the past three years. He enters an intimate place in his soul to confess: “Ever since I was a child, I was afraid of separation. I had been waiting all my life for the disaster, and when it came and took my mother, I knew that I had lost happiness and security forever.”
Asharq Al-Awsat tells about the house that mother Nassima decorated with peace and happiness: “Some people thought that I had an emotional state from childhood, and that this was the reason for my sad songs, but on the contrary. I was overprotective and had a good childhood, and that’s what scared me of losing my mom. No one can compensate for what she took with her departure.”
Even as a musician, Marwan Khoury is helpless in the face of separation, as according to his description he has not yet been able to compose a song for his mother, who permeates all his cells. He admits: “I still didn’t believe he was going, but something changed at the core. Something in me is gone and won’t come back… Probably it’s the feeling of safety.”
Only love saves Marwan Khoury. The love that colors the songs and the one that lives in the heart. He reveals that “the heart has been busy with the same girlfriend for years.” He doesn’t go into a lot of detail and that’s understandable. The more you bring your precious stories into the light, the more you expose them to fire.
Instead, talk about romantic songs and their transformations. He says: “Even love has changed. Feelings of caution, mistrust and fear that currently dominate people have greatly reduced the level of love. Add that the new generation no longer lives love like we used to, they are not lovers of torment or sorrow. That is why it is no longer possible to present songs of lust and drama.”
Since he started writing series badges, Marwan Khoury has added the psychological element and the dark side of love to songs like “The Countdown” and “The Greatest Selfish”, and this game is very attractive to him, since love is his first language. no matter how things change.