In addition to these amazing people supporting the revolution in their own way is John Lebanon, an Indie band based in Providence, Rhode Island.
Art is an expression made perceivable for everyone to see, hear, and feel. It is a representation of our inner existence, translated to a form others can understand. And many have used that to represent their support for the Lebanese revolution.
The band was founded by Roy S, a medical doctor. Music was a way for him to deal with the physical and mental exhaustion that accompanies medical residency. After writing his first song Providence is Divine, Roy started assembling his band.
Together, they released a string of singles and EPs. Ever since the Lebanese revolution started, they have released many songs expressing their support, standing as such in solidarity with Lebanon and the people’s demands in the homeland.
His band released Kellon Ya3ni Kellon (كلّن يعني كلّن ) on 28 October 2019. The lyrics speak of the longing for freedom: “A caged bird sings, I need to break free, and the bird was starved from exploitation and misery.” Other songs like Farah El Thawra and Wala Ana quickly followed.
These songs captured the struggle, the bravery, and the resistance of the Lebanese protesters. Farah Al-Thawra (meaning Joy of the Revolution) includes some famous chants of the Lebanese revolution.
The song represents the strength of the revolution and the optimism that accompanies it.
His most recent song released was Wala Ana, created from WhatsApp’s voice notes of the revolution sent from protesters in Lebanon to the Lebanese diaspora.
Wala Ana, a statement echoed during the revolution, affirming that they don’t want to leave the country and emigrate but fight for it instead.
This soundtrack represents the main longing the Lebanese diaspora feels to their homeland; those who emigrated and want to come back. It highlights the brain drain that Lebanon has been witnessing, and the yearning of the Lebanese diaspora to stay, work, and study in Lebanon.
Lebanese diaspora longs to come back home to their families and work opportunities, and to the end of corruption, oppression, and hatred. The Lebanese diaspora has never stopped supporting their homeland.
Countless people all over the world stand in unison with their families in Lebanon, carrying the same demands, the same determination, and the same faith in and love for their country.