On Canada Day, join Aga Khan Museum for a memorable performance by CultureLink Nai Children’s Choir and Jawa with special guest, Syrian-American poet and rapper, Mona Haydar. The Toronto-based Nai Choir provides a unique space for young Syrian newcomers to participate in a musical project that maintains their relationship to their homeland while connecting them with their adopted home. Jawa, whose members are exclusively comprised of Syrian refugee musicians, have been instrumental to Nai’s growth and integration.
For this event, 40 young singers from the Nai Choir – who range in age from five to 15 – will present a blend of classic folk songs. They will also perform the world premiere of Canadian composer Hussein Janmohamed’s new multilingual work, “Rise Children, Let’s Rise to Peace,” which includes lyrics drawn from Haydar’s poetry.