Faia Younan

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Faia Younan
فايا يونان
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Faia Younan
Background information
Birth name Faia Younan
Born June 1992 (age 26)
Origin Al-Malikiyah, Syria
Genres Arabic music, Syrian, Oriental
Years active 2014 - present
Website Official website

Faia Younan (Arabic: فايا يونان‎; born June 1992) is a Syrian singer of Assyrian descent and the first Middle Eastern artist ever to crowdfund her debut.[1][2]

Early life and career[edit]

Younan was born on 20 June 1992 in the village of Al-Malikiyah, Syria, to a Syriac family and grew up in the city of Aleppo.[3] At the age of eleven she moved to Sweden with her family and settled there until she moved to Scotland in 2010 to study Social Sciences in the Glasgow University. In spring 2015, she decided to become a professional singer and she moved to Beirut to commit to Arabic music.[4]

After publishing the video she created with her sister Rihan, titled "To Our Countries" and which went viral on YouTube and received exceptional attention, Faia found a big support and an audience encouraging her to continue her journey in singing.[5][6] The success of the video [7] had the biggest impact on her decision on turning singing from merely a hobby to a full-time commitment. After a successful crowd funding campaign, Faia released her debut single "Ohebbou Yadayka" (I Love Your Hands) followed by two other singles. "A sea between us"—Faia's debut album and contains 9 songs.[8]

She was featured on the single "Busted and Blue" (Faia Younan Special)" from virtual band Gorillaz' which appears on two versions of their Humanz[9][10] album.


  1. ^ [1] Al Bawaba
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGqJqsUwbug
  3. ^ Dagens Nyheter
  4. ^ [2] ArtistTrove
  5. ^ [3] MBC News
  6. ^ [4] Lorient Le Jour
  7. ^ [5] Ice News
  8. ^ [6] Orient Palms
  9. ^ "Gorillaz - Humanz". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  10. ^ Humanz, Parlophone, 2017-08-25, retrieved 2017-06-12
  • [7] Faia Younan Official Website
  • [8] Courrier International
  • [9] International Business Times
  • [10] Your Middle East
  • [11] Reuters Video
  • [12] Jol Press
  • [13] Syrian Arab News Agency
  • [14] Arabic Mood
  • [15] BeeHype

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