05 Mar '17, 12pm

Atop Palmyra's damaged theatre, Syrian musicians sing of return

PALMYRA, SYRIA (AFP) - Atop the ruins of Syria's famed Palmyra theatre, recently recaptured from the Islamic State group (ISIS), teenage musician Angel Dayoub sings an old Arabic favourite: "We're coming back, oh love, we're coming back." The 15-year-old's voice floats over the ancient Roman theatre, heavily damaged then abandoned by ISIS militants on Thursday (March 2) as Russian-backed government forces drew near. "A little destruction won't stop us from coming here to play and sing on this stage, despite what happened to it," Dayoub tells AFP. "I want to play music and sing everywhere that has seen the expulsion of ISIS, which hates singing and banned playing instruments," she says defiantly. Dayoub's rendition of Lebanese diva Fairuz's famous song is accompanied by fellow musicians of all ages playing violins, tambourines and the oud, the pear-shaped stringed instrumen...

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