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Aya Mhana Duo

15 Sep Posted by in Schedule | Comments
Aya Mhana Duo

Aya Mhana is a Syrian-born singer, songwriter and oud player. Now a proud Canadian citizen, A student, a worker and a mom.
Since emigrating to Calgary, Canada, in 2016, Aya has performed at the Calgary Stampede and Globalfest, and with the Kensington Sinfonia. Also, at  Folkfest 2021.

In 2020, for her outstanding commitment to the community and art, she received the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society New Canadian Artist Award and the Portail De L, immigrant Association (PIA) award.

Aya participated in many Jury activities to support those who were a great support to her since she came to Canada. Also, she was a resident artist in the Calgary’s Central Library where she worked on several musical projects to represent her human cause. 
Aya’s musical journey is deeply influenced by her Syrian roots. Which was obvious in her album (Homeland) the combination of two homelands that she has being Canada and Syria.

Hailing from Sweida, she taught herself to play the oud (a string instrument similar to the lute) during high school and graduated from the University of Damascus with a degree in education. She volunteered with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, working with families displaced during the Syrian war.
Inspired by her volunteer work, Aya used her music to explore the human capacity for hope during wartime and performed her compositions in her home city. In Canada, she translates the rich culture of her homeland for audiences who often know little of Syria, but are eager to embrace her soulful melodies.
As an artist who inhabits the crossroad between nations, Aya is committed to speaking out about issues on exile and diaspora, and to celebrate the importance of home. She hopes that her music helps shape Canada’s vision for a peaceful and vibrant cultural mosaic.