In this emotional and moving talk, Samia Tawil shares her personal experience of becoming an independent hybrid artist, going beyond the established codes of the music industry. Insisting on the need to remain true to oneself, she shares her views on the link between art and social and political commitment, and the significance of what being an artist is to her. She connects her art with freedom and consciousness, highlighting the importance of constantly striving to remain true to the freedom we owe ourselves as societies, as well as individuals. In doing so, she stresses the courage and awareness it takes to remain true to oneself and to denounce injustice rather than remain in one’s comfort zone. Beyond the artist one really wants to be, she poses the question of the type of person one really wants to become and, consequently, the type of world we really want to live in.
Samia Tawil is both an established soul/rock artist and a philosophy teacher. Born in Geneva and with a Moroccan and Syrian background, her music speaks to an audience in search of an honest message. Her music is characterized both by the subjectivity and the poetry of personal emotions, as well as by the desire for social and political liberation. During her talk, Samia Tawil touches upon the parallel between art and militancy – a parallel that permeates her life as a singer and philosopher.