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Mika: If there’s an ounce of Lebanon in your family, it will take over.

I came across this interesting article dated Oct.14, 2009 on the 26-year-old Lebanon born singer, Mika. In the following excerpt Mika talks about his Lebanese background. He also says that he grew up listening to Fairuz thanks to his parents.

 

Six weeks later, I visit Mika on an early spring day in London; he is a dual British and American national, but calls Kensington home and his flat is in the basement of the family’s grand house.

His mother Joannie is Lebanese (his father is American) and while the civil war in that country meant that the family fled when Mika was a baby, he says: “if there’s an ounce of Lebanon in your family, it will take over.

Ours is a Lebanese household: there’s incense burning; you’ll get fed within 10 minutes.

“There’s a survival trait, too,” he continues, curled up on his white sofa, “and I think that’s what’s odd about me. In Lebanon, there’ll be bombs being thrown, but the restaurants will shut down only when they have to.

“There’s this mentality that if you’re going to cry, you stand on the table, throw your hands in the air and scream as loudly as you can and you deal with it. I think it’s affected the way I make music, these extremes of emotion.”

The family moved to Paris — and Mika now speaks fluent French — before heading to London when he was nine because his father’s business was in temporary trouble.

Click here to read the whole article.

Credits: Photo via yalibnan.com

Credits: Photo via yalibnan.com

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