Back in 2004 in Downtown Beirut, my friend Abdou Wazen, the Lebanese poet who wrote Nar al Awda (The fire of return), a poetry book that is so dear to my heart, and I had walked out of the building where the Al Hayat newspaper was based. As we walked out, we saw the daughter of Sidon with her usual smile. It was Hiba Kawas, the musician and opera singer, whose mother wrote in her memoirs that her daughter who was only two years old at the time woke up the neighbors with her opera voice.
The nature of fast culture, music that is written in a rush, and the consumptive music of satellite channels, make Hiba Kawas and similar artists appear as if they live in isolation, not wanting to be close to the general public. However, it is quite the opposite actuallyHassan Al Mustafa