Be swept away by the blissful and bittersweet voice of Lebanese singer Samira El Koussa in Love, Always Love, a musical feast of Arabic, tarab, and western classical music with stories of love, and resilience.
Samira El Koussa learned to sing at her mother’s knee and she hasn’t stopped.
She sings in the face of adversity, for joy, to welcome others, as a devotional practice.
Her big heart makes for an even bigger show!
Hear stories and songs of courage, love, and family connection from Samira’s 20 years as a songwriter in new arrangements for western and Arabic instruments by acclaimed musician Greta Kelly and award-winning composer Corrina Bonshek.
Be transported to another world, and return renewed after this musical trip to Lebanon and beyond.
Director: Rosie Dennis
Collaborating director: Aleea Monsour
Lead performer & songwriter: Samira El Koussa
Music director, arranger & collaborator: Corrina Bonshek
Performer, arranger & collaborator: Greta Kelly
Recording musicians: Joe Nabbout percussion, Masoud Kamgarpour santur, Kelly Dowall ney and clarinet, Emma Hales cello, Elias Kokkoris double bass, Saman Obed keyboard.
Translation: Rana Al Mekarry
Beats & music production: Peet Gardner of So Soap Studios
Producer: Corrina Bonshek & Collaborators
Love, Always Love was created with support by Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, Placemakers* Gold Coast, HOTA – Home of the Arts, Multicultural Families Organisation, BEMAC. It premiered at Bleach* Festival, August 2022.
2022 | Bleach* Festival, Ed Hardy Park, North Burleigh Hub. 18 & 19 September.
Ahalmna Am Tenzef – احلامنا عم تنزف Music by Samira El Koussa, lyrics by Rana Al-Mekarry
Aataba wa Mijana – عتابا وميجنا فلكلور لبناني – Lebanese Folklore
Rast Interlude Improvisation – Greta Kelly
Dayman Maa Ana – دايماً معانا – Music and lyrics by Samira El Koussa. Arranged by Greta Kelly & Corrina Bonshek
Santur Interlude Improvisation – Masoud Kamgarpour and Corrina Bonshek
Maa El Salama – مع السلامة – Music and lyrics traditional, English lyrics by Samira El Koussa and Greta Kelly. Arranged by Greta Kelly & Corrina Bonshek
War Interlude – Elias Kokkoris, Greta Kelly and Corrina Bonshek
Bwakt El Khawf – بوقت الخوف – Music and lyrics by Samira El Koussa. Arranged by Corrina Bonshek.
Mafi D Mou’a – مافي دموع بقلبي يسوع – Music by Samira El Koussa, lyrics by Samira El Koussa and Amani Nehme. Arranged by Corrina Bonshek.
Bicycle Song – غنية البسكلات – Music by Corrina Bonshek and Samira El Koussa. Lyrics by Corrina Bonshek and Greta Kelly after a story by Samira El Koussa