Lydia Canaan poses for a picture in Beirut, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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BEIRUT: At one point early in her career as a poet and musician, Lydia Canaan was living a double life.She discussed briefly the situations facing the citizens of Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and Syria, as well as her home country Lebanon.In fact she still calls Broummana, a town north of Beirut, home, despite having left at a young age to pursue a career in music.She has always written poetry in English. "I pursued a career singing and recording in English and that's how I established myself," she said, adding that sometimes people asked her why she didn't stay in Lebanon.She said going abroad to Zurich, a city she now calls her second home, gave her opportunities that she wouldn't have had staying in Lebanon and singing in Arabic.All the songs on the album are written and performed by Canaan.In the past, Canaan said she mostly sang about love. Canaan's childhood experiences played a large part in this, as she comes from a conservative family that wasn't initially supportive of the career path she wanted to pursue.
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