I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Intercultural Journeys' October concert artist, Farah Siraj. Farah has performed as an IJ artist before, but her concert on October 10 marks her first performance with her band, the Farah Siraj Band. We met at a new cafe on Rittenhouse Square, P.S. and Co. Sipping through quite a few cups of tea, we chatted about her roots, her upcoming concert, and her personal mission as a musician.
Aside from being one of the loveliest people with whom you could share a cup of tea, Farah had this to say about her responsibility as an artist:
"Artists can be admired and if you have someone you admire voicing something that’s important to them, you’re more likely to listen. I firmly believe that is part of our role. It’s a responsibility that comes with the job. We’re not just here to entertain. Our talent is a gift, and it’s to be shared, to uplift the human spirit, and also to help and provide a voice to people who need to be heard."
You can read read the full interview here. Make sure to check out Farah on her website, and in our inaugural concert at International House Philadelphia on October 10. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the International House box office at 215.387.5125.