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No matter how catchy the song, if the lyrics aren't written in English it's unlikely to make it into the top 10 in English-speaking countries.Ironically, however, Karaa's big break came when she was asked to transform an English-language rock classic into Arabic.During the 2006 war her family fled Lebanon, relocating to Boston, where Karaa enrolled at the prestigious Berklee College of Music.During her time at Berklee, Karaa studied both Western and Oriental music, working closely with Palestinian-American oud and violin virtuoso and composer Simon Shaheen, with whom she has performed in concerts across the U.S. Having heard about Karaa from Shaheen, she contacted her to audition.Surprisingly, Karaa says that it was in America that she first began to focus on music from the Arab world.When it comes to singing in a foreign language, Karaa is dismissive.
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