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Leyla and Muhabbat: ‘My daughter can play seven instruments’

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Leyla and Muhabbat: ‘My daughter can play seven instruments’

Before I could crawl, I would strike the dinner table, hard, pretending it was a piano.

Before I could speak, I sang. It was just in me.

I was a famous conductor in my home country. I was a teacher of ballet, theatre and music.

All of my children are musicians. My daughter can play seven instruments.

I never thought we would have to flee. I’m not young. It’s not easy to learn a new language. But I got a job as a music teacher here. Music is the language I can speak all over the world.


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Last updated: 5 April 2017

Alexander Mahmoud