Lydia Canaan

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Lydia Canaan
Canaan at Casino Du Liban.jpg
Lydia Canaan, 2015
Background information
Birth name Lydia Canaan
Born Brummana, Lebanon
Genres Rock, world fusion, pop rock, pop, hard rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter,[1][2] poet,[3] writer, recording artist,[4][5] producer,[6] humanitarian,[7] feminist,[8] human rights activist,[9][10][11][12] women's rights activist,[13] animal rights activist, social activist,[14] advocate, public speaker,[15] United Nations delegate[16][17][18][19]
Instruments Vocals[20]
Years active 1983–present
Labels Pulse-8 Records, SIDI/XEMA
Associated acts Roger Taylor (Queen drummer),[21] Robin Scott,[22][23] Tommy Mandel,[24] Barry Blue, David Richards, The Rapino Brothers
Website www.lydiacanaan.com

Lydia Canaan is a Lebanese-Swiss singer-songwriter, recording artist, poet, activist, and musical pioneer[25] widely regarded as the first rock star of the Middle East.[26][27][28][29][30]

A mezzo-soprano[31] noted by Billboard magazine as having a "four-octave range and perfect pitch",[32][33] Canaan's unique style fused Middle-Eastern quarter notes and microtones with anglophone rock,[34] making her the first internationally successful Lebanese recording artist.[35][36][37] She was dubbed by MTV Europe as "the diva from the Middle East";[38] her fans and supporters have affectionately entitled her the "Lioness of Lebanon".[39]

Canaan's unprecedented[40] musical debut[41][42] defied convention,[43] social stigma,[44] socio-religious authorities,[45] and broke millennium-old gender barriers.[46] According to Arabian Woman magazine: "As...A girl who grew up in the midst of a bloody civil war...Canaan was breaking down seemingly insurmountable barriers...She rocked the establishment".[47]

A rebel,[48] Canaan began her career by risking her life to perform amidst enemy military attacks in protest of the Lebanese Civil War,[49] literally holding concerts in vicinities of Lebanon which were simultaneously being bombed.[50] Society magazine writes: "In a small country that was ripped by war, there was this young girl making a difference".[51] As noted by The Gulf Today: "It is incredible that amidst the state of civil war that existed in Lebanon at that time, when most people had no idea if they would see another day, she managed to keep her ambitions alive".[52]

In Canaan's own words: "We have an aura about us which becomes stronger when you have faith in yourself. And when your aura is strong, evil dare not touch you."[53]

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Lebanon to the Eastern Orthodox Canaan family of Mount Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War, her native village of Brummana lists her as a celebrity. Canaan studied at Brummana High School (BHS) and later at Lebanese American University (LAU).

From a young age, music, singing, and dancing were Canaan's essential outlet and catharsis. Raised in a conservative family,[54] Canaan's father forbid her artistry and prohibited her from having a musical education[55] and formal training. However, Canaan, a native Arabic and French speaker, defied him, and early in life cultivated the unusual ability to compose and store by eidetic memory melodies, lyrics, and poetry in English unaided by instruments.[56]

At the age of eight-years-old, Canaan, a literary child prodigy, was awarded the first place prize (in a contest in which all grades competed against each other) by her French elementary school, College des Saints-Coeurs, Bikfaya, for a poem she composed about a child who wept for being scolded for trivial matters such as staining her fingers with ink when she writes. Her father ignored this early achievement.[57]

As reported by the newspaper Campus: "For Lydia Canaan's first gig, she had to throw her trademark short rockish black leather skirt and studs out of her bedroom window in Brummana, put on a long skirt, lie to her conservative father about where she was going, and, after changing into her leather gear, singing her teenage heart out as Angel with the band Equation".[58]

Early career[edit]

Lydia Canaan Performing as Angel at Mont La Salle Theater, Beirut, Lebanon, 1984

In 1983, a preteenaged Canaan under the stage name Angel joined heavy metal band Equation, who until then had been intent on finding a male lead singer. Canaan's preternatural talent, charming personality, and charismatic stage presence won them - and the youth of Lebanon - over.[59] She first donned what would become her trademark revealing leather outfit, sporting her signature hip-length hair.[60] At the height of their success the band drew a crowd of over 15,000.[61]

Canaan's first original composition, "Why All The Hurt", a tribute to a deceased friend that she wrote as a teenager, was a No. 1 hit on the radio charts in Lebanon.[62]

Concerning Canaan's first concert with Equation, The Gulf Today writes: "The first show produced a phenomenal reaction".[63] Society magazine states: "Tickets were sold out but more teenagers stormed in to see the young Angel perform...To accommodate the crowd, the concert organizers had to stamp on each fan's hand as they ran out of tickets. It was...Her first success".[64]

Since her first public appearance, Canaan held over twenty-five sell-out concerts in the country from 1984 until 1988, despite risks and dangers by warring militias and armies, recorded her songs for radio, and topped the charts in Lebanon.[65]

Solo career

Canaan's last concert with Equation was in 1986. In 1987, she embarked on a solo career, performing her original compositions, such as "To Oblivion and Back", "Does it Need Some Action", "A Hard Situation", "Hey Ritchie", and "The Christmas Wish", all which were radio hits.[66]

As Canaan's music evolved, her fame skyrocketed, affecting a significant expansion of her fan base.[67] With Lebanon under Syrian occupation, Canaan's concerts were held in East Beirut, Mount Lebanon, and the north of Lebanon. In Tripoli, the second largest city in Lebanon, Canaan performed a sell-out concert under tight security after receiving numerous death threats.[68]

In 1987, Canaan performed to a crowd of 20,000 at the Beirut Rock Festival.[69] In 1988, she held sell-out concerts for three consecutive nights at Casino du Liban, the last performer to grace its stage until it resumed activity following the end of the Liberation War [70] in 1990.

Career[edit]

Lydia Canaan, First Rock Star of the Middle East

Internationally acclaimed British author and publisher Naim Attallah (Chairman of Namara Group/Quartet Books, London) wrote: "Canaan's voice, as shown in her repertoire of song, possesses a rare resonance and a devastating effect in its evocation of love and sensuality in the refined area of the poetic dimension".[71]

In 1989, Canaan left Lebanon and settled in Zurich, Switzerland, where she became a naturalized citizen. There she took vocal lessons with soprano Anita Monti. Canaan also lived in London and New York City, working with writers, musicians, and producers in Switzerland, the UK, and the U.S., such as Harry Borner, David Richards (Montreux Jazz Festival, Queen, Chris Rea, David Bowie), Barry Blue (Dina Carroll, Patricia Kaas), The Rapino Brothers (Kylie Minogue, Take That, Corona), Noel Cohen (Phyllis Hyman), Keith "Plex" Barnhart (Chaka Khan), and Tommy Mandel[72] (keyboarder for Bryan Adams, Dire Straits, and Ian Hunter).

Canaan recorded duet "Love and Lust" with Roger Taylor (Queen drummer)[73] and duets "Spiritual Man", "Guardian Angel", and "The Bridge" with Robin Scott (of M with hit song "Pop Muzik").[74][75]

In December 1990, Canaan gave an interview for and her songs received airplay on Radio Z in Zurich. In February 1991, she gave a live interview for and her video clip "Hey Richie" was broadcast by NBC Europe in London. In 1993, she gave an interview and performed the duet "Spiritual Man" with Robin Scott on Channel 4 in London.

Canaan was signed for two years to London-based production company Spinny Music of Jim Beach (manager of Queen) to write and record her original songs produced by David Richards (Queen, David Bowie, Chris Rea, Montreux Jazz Festival) at Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland. Thereafter in London, Canaan took vocal lessons with Tona de Brett, who also coached Annie Lennox, Sarah Brightman, Sade, and others.

Beautiful Life

In February 1995, Canaan's single "Beautiful Life"[76][77] was presented to radio and media at the MIDEM in Cannes, France.[78] That Spring, Canaan's international release of "Beautiful Life"[79][80] by London-based Pulse-8 Records,[81] gained her international critical acclaim, eliciting comparisons to Celine Dion, Cher, and Tina Turner (Billboard,[82] Music Week,[83] Music Monitor[84]), radio promo tour in the UK, radio airplay in the UK, Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East.

Canaan performed "Beautiful Life"[85][86] at the launch of MTV Europe held in Beirut, with the participation of Pato Banton, Urban Cookie Collective, and Rozalla on May 12, 1995. President of MTV Europe Peter Einstein stated during a press conference: "MTV is proud and privileged to play Lydia's videos on Music-Non-Stop Show...All at MTV have fallen in love with Lydia, her songs, and her performance".[87][88]

The Sound of Love

Canaan's second single "The Sound of Love"[89][90][91] was recorded at the Maison Rouge Studios in London.[92] In 1998, Canaan's recordings, made in New York City at Jay Ward's Dogbrain Music, were exhibited on Billboard magazine's TalentNet and topped the charts for months at No. 1.[93] Iconic radio personality Casey Kasem endorsed her songs.[94][95]

Canaan's album The Sound of Love, recorded in London and New York City, was released in the summer of 2000 and distributed by SIDI/XEMA in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon.[96] Canaan launched her album through a campaign covering all Middle-Eastern satellite networks (Orbit, Music Now, MBC, ART, LBCI, Future TV, Showtime's MTV Arabia, Murr TV, Dubai TV, Bahrain TV), local television stations, radio stations and all pan Arab printed press. Canaan performed in Beirut, Lebanon, Jumeira Beach Hotel, Dubai, UAE and Savage Garden Club, and Rifaa Golf Club, Manama, Bahrain in support of the album release.

On January 12, 2001, Canaan was invited as Speaker of the Month by American Community School (ACS), Beirut, Lebanon.[97]

Canaan was praised by prestigious international Arabic newspapers Asharq Al-Awsat,[98] Al-Hayat,[99][100] and An-Nahar,[101][102][103] Al-Hayat reporting that she was the "...International Lebanese singer whose voice invaded the European market, making its mark".[104][105]

Canaan was received by General Emile Lahoud, President of the Republic of Lebanon, and the First Lady on January 16, 2002 at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Lebanon.[106] On March 19, 2002, she was again invited by First Lady Andree Lahoud to perform at the Presidential Palace on Mother's Day, in honor of the wives of the Presidential Guard Officers.[107]

In 2004, Canaan wrote and recorded "Libnan",[108] the title song of the advertisement "Rediscover Lebanon", produced and broadcast by CNN to over one-billion viewers and commissioned by the Lebanese Ministry of Economy & Trade to promote Lebanon as a tourist destination.[109][110]

Canaan delivered a speech and was awarded by the Lebanese Armed Forces for her contribution and support on Independence Day, November 22, 2014 at Casino Du Liban, Beirut, Lebanon.[111]

On November 20, 2014, Canaan was interviewed by Global Sorority Foundation for their documentary film series as a prime example for young girls worldwide to overcome adversity and raise awareness for gender equality.[112][113]

On November 23, 2014, Canaan was awarded by the UK Songwriting Contest as Semi-Finalist for her song "Never Set You Free".[114]

American author Robert McGee [115] mentioned Canaan's songs "So Much To Give" and her award-winning[116] "Never Set You Free" in his two best-selling novels Justifiable Homicide (2014)[117] and Annie and the Senator (2015).[118]

Videography[edit]

Music videos

Canaan was the first Middle-Eastern artist to have her music videos played on MTV Europe, MTV Asia, MTV Russia, and MTV Arabia.

In 1995, Canaan filmed the music video for her song "Beautiful Life"[119] at Canalot Studios and Syon House, the castle of the Duke of Northumberland, in London, England.

1997, Canaan filmed the music video for her song "The Sound of Love"[120] at the palace of Sir Francis Dashwood in West Wycombe, England.

Public speaking

The footage of Hostage to Injustice,[121] the speech Canaan delivered on June 17, 2014 at the 26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, has been widely circulated on the Internet.[122]

Image[edit]

Lydia Canaan, MTV Europe Concert, 2000
Early look

Canaan's early look was characterized by revealing, trend-setting leather outfits with studs and dramatic capes and her incredibly long, blonde-streaked hair.[123][124] Off stage, Canaan's Alma Mater, Brummana High School (BHS), voted her "Best Dressed". On stage, her provocative costumes made her a sex symbol. The Daily Star wrote: "On stage, with her daring looks and style, Canaan became a role model".[125]

Pop era

During the course of Canaan's career there was a notable evolution of her style; her heavy metal gear was eventually replaced by daring, high-fashion pieces and Renaissance-era costumes[126][127] as she moved into her pop phase during the 1990s.

Current style

Canaan has opted for her natural (auburn-tinted chocolate brown) hair color and rock-chic couture[128] from the 2000s to the present.[129]

Humanitarian work[edit]

Lydia Canaan Speaking to a Palestinian Man at the Social Support Society Active Ageing House, Refugee Camp, Burj Al-Barajneh, August 2011, Beirut, Lebanon

Internationally acclaimed British author and publisher Naim Attallah (Chairman of Namara Group/Quartet Books, London) wrote: "Lydia, through the medium of her art, has whenever possible fought for the disadvantaged, the poor, the infirm, and those in our society who suffer great want and political persecution".[130]

On December 5, 2001, Canaan performed at the United Nations International Volunteers Day in Beirut and was awarded for her humanitarianism by Yves de San, Head of UNDP (Lebanon).[131]

On April 30, 2014, Canaan took part in The Arab International Forum In Solidarity With Palestinian Prisoners, with over three-hundred-fifty attendees from the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, headed by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, in Beirut, Lebanon.

Canaan supports Khiam Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture (KRC),[132] Solitary Watch, John Legend's Free America campaign,[133] Human Rights Watch, War Child Holland-Lebanon (Syrian refugees), Beirut, Lebanon, and SAWA for DEV & AID (Syrian and Palestinian refugees), Beirut, Lebanon.

Activism[edit]

Lydia Canaan Delivering a Speech at the 26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, 2014

In addition to her lifelong humanitarian[134] and charity work,[135] during the second decade of the 21st century, Canaan, called a "high-profile" celebrity by ABC News,[136] was compelled toward activism as a United Nations delegate[137][138][139][140] for Khiam Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture (KRC),[141] becoming an icon for change for Lebanon and the entire Middle East.[142]

On March 17, 2014, Canaan delivered a speech at the 25th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Islamophobia and Art gained her a standing ovation and media attention.[143]

On June 17, 2014, Canaan delivered a speech at the 26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Hostage to Injustice[144] gained her a standing ovation and media attention.[145]

On March 13, 2015, Canaan delivered a speech at the 28th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Humane Evolution gained her a standing ovation and media attention.[146]

Advocacy[edit]

Lydia Canaan at the United Nations MY World Partners Awards Ceremony, UN Headquarters, New York City, 2014

White Knight News writes: "...Rarer are those who are the epitome of...The divine forces that they channel; but Lydia is one of these rare beings, these truly peerless prodigies...She is one of the most multi-talented and multidimensional people in human history.[147]

In July 2010, Canaan performed at The Summer University of Palestine in Lebanon, a summer camp to educate and raise the level of awareness of the participants from all around the world on Palestine, the culture of the wider Arab region, and Lebanon's crucial part in it, with speakers such as Norman Finkelstein, Gabi Baramki, and Ghada Karmi, among others. The event was organized by Viva Palestina Arabia founded by British Member of Parliament George Galloway of the Respect Party who also spoke at the event.

In March 2012, Canaan performed in support of International Women's Day in Beirut, Lebanon, under the patronage of Minister Leila Solh Hamadeh, organized by the Women's Committee of the Lions Club District 351 Lebanon.

Canaan supports the United Nations MY World Millenium Campaign,[148] and on September 25, 2014, she was invited to participate at the MY World Partner Recognition Event and Award Ceremony[149] at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, along with Zoleka Mandela (granddaughter of Nelson Mandela), screenwriter Richard Curtis, actress Michelle Yeoh, TV presenter Femi Oke, and various other celebrities and dignitaries.

On May 16, 2015, Canaan performed at the rally in solidarity with Cardinal Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi's call to elect a president of the Republic of Lebanon at St. George Cathedral in Beirut, Lebanon.

Canaan supports the International Campaign to Prosecute War Crimes in Iraq chaired by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark. She also supports Asian Conservation Awareness Programme (ACAP/WildAid), London, UK, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Gland, Switzerland, Le Roselet Foundation, Saignelégier, Switzerland, and Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA), Beirut, Lebanon.

Charity work[edit]

Lydia Canaan Singing With a Palestinian Woman at the Social Support Society Active Ageing House, Refugee Camp, Burj Al-Barajneh, August 2011, Beirut, Lebanon

Throughout her life, Canaan has donated her money, music, and time to many charities,[150][151] particularly those concerned with children and animals. While this side of her personality is not well known to the general public, throughout both the arts community and the charity community she is known for her compassion and altruism.[152][153]

Canaan has reportedly donated generous sums of money to Child Fund International (CFI), Geneva, Switzerland, St. Jude's Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon, Salmaniyah Hospital, Children's Care Unit,[154] Manama, Bahrain, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and Le Roselet Foundation, Saignelégier, Switzerland.

South African President Nelson Mandela chose "Beautiful Life"[155][156] as the theme song for a charity event in South Africa under his auspices.[157][158]

Canaan performed at charity and fundraiser events including American Women's Club, Beirut, Lebanon, Salmaniyah Hospital Children Care Unit,[159] Manama, Bahrain, Rotary Club, Adliyah, Bahrain, American Community School, Beirut, Lebanon, Association pour la Promotion Feminine,[160] Beirut, Lebanon, CARITAS Liban, Beirut, Lebanon, Centre Renee Wehbe Le Vieillard Malade, Mansourieh, Lebanon and Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA),[161] Beirut, Lebanon, Lion's Beirut Code Club,[162] Beirut, Lebanon, Unite Lebanon Youth Project (ULYP), Beirut, Lebanon, Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts, Al-Jana (ARCPA), Beirut, Lebanon, Social Support Society Active Ageing House, Refugee Camp Burj Al Barajneh, Beirut, Lebanon, NASMA Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon, and Association Amour et Partage, Beirut, Lebanon.

Awards and honors[edit]

United Nations Building(ESCWA), Beirut/Lebanon
Lydia Canaan receiving the International Year of Volunteers Award by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 2001
Awards
Year Award By
1988 Scoop d'Or Award[163] Scoop magazine
1997 Lebanese International Success Award[164] Lebanese Ministry of Tourism
2001 International Year of Volunteers Award[165] United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
2003 Association pour la Promotion Feminine Award[166] Association pour la Promotion Feminine
2005 Caritas Award[167] Caritas
2014 Lebanese Army Award[168] Lebanese Armed Forces
2014 UK Songwriting Contest Semifinalist Award[169] UK Songwriting Contest

Discography[edit]

Singles
Year Single Release
1985 "The Sound of Equation" Radio
1986 "Why All the Hurt" Radio
1986 "To Oblivion and Back" Radio
1987 "The Hope Song" Radio
1987 "Does It Need Some Action?" Radio
1987 A Hard Situation" Radio
1988 "Hey Richie" Radio
1989 "The Christmas Wish" Radio
1989 "Me and Little Andy" Radio
1995 "Beautiful Life"[170][171] Pulse-8 Records
1997 "The Sound of Love"[172][173][174] Pulse-8 Records
Albums
Year Album Release
2000 The Sound of Love SIDI/XEMA

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  161. ^ Mondanite, No. 141, November 2008
  162. ^ Albalad, No. 747, February 8, 2011
  163. ^ Scoop, No. 51, December 1987 - January 1988
  164. ^ Lydia Canaan Receiving Lebanese International Success Award
  165. ^ UNDP Lebanon
  166. ^ Mondanite, No. 75, April 2003
  167. ^ Caritas Info, March 2005
  168. ^ Lebanese Army Award
  169. ^ UK Songwriting Contest Semifinalist Award
  170. ^ "Beautiful Life"
  171. ^ Discogs
  172. ^ "The Sound of Love"
  173. ^ Maison Rouge Studios
  174. ^ Dogbrain Music

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