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Tucked away in the heart of Sioufi is the quirky and intimate venue and cafe called Onomatopoeia – The Music Hub.Self-taught musician Joe Elias, 37, one of the three co-founders of the nonprofit, describes Onomatopoeia as a place to spread music culture and musicianship.By facilitating jam sessions, music exposure, education and other activities (free musicology lectures, cineclub meetings, and performances) Elias and his team have built an interactive community of artists in this quiet neighborhood. Elias says those at the music hub will do their best to facilitate the continuation of music classes for students as well as try to get special deals and discounts from musical instrument merchants.Kazan is childhood pals with co-vocalist, guitar and ukulele player, Sara Abdo, 22 .Being Lebanese, Khazan continues, "is part of our identity ... even if [our songs] are in English, the themes are themes that we live in our daily lives in Beirut ... The key is making music you want to listen to".Their reverberant, harmony-oriented sound captivated listeners and their single, "Carolina," had their Onomatopoeia audience singing along. Kazan says the song is based on of his family's summertime experiences in South Carolina.
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