Anwar Hadid opens up about his music for the first time

In an exclusive interview, the 21-year-old discusses heartfelt creativity, family and why Palestine is so important to him.

7/25/2021 11:35:00 PM

In an exclusive interview, the 21-year-old discusses heartfelt creativity, family and why Palestine is so important to him.

In an exclusive interview, the 21-year-old discusses heartfelt creativity, family and why Palestine is so important to him.

camp. Anwar, alongside his sisters Gigi and Bella, and Dua, were some of the most active voices in the public eye speaking out against these events. They protested in person, and their Instagram feeds became so renowned for publishing updates as to what was unfolding in the West Bank that

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accusing Gigi, Bella and Dua of “vilify[ing] the Jewish State” ran inTheNew York Times. Anwar has visited Palestine twice to deepen his connection to his heritage. Watching the global attention focus on the violence over the past six weeks has left him “weary”, he says. “I believe Israelis and Palestinians both should not be afraid for their lives, and the occupation that is happening in Palestine needs to come to an end.”

His position of influence, as someone with a large influence discussing the occupation onsocial media, hasn’t been lost on him. His friend, the musician Mustafa the Poet, said something to him recently: “This is a revolution, and an organisation for peace has started through the internet.”

“People are scared of having those conversations,” he says, of the powers that continually rely on silence when it comes to the occupation. “But the point of this is that we have been idle for so long. A lot of people [affected by this] deserve to have those conversations.” Anwar remains independent and unsigned, giving him the opportunity to voice his opinions freely. A track on the new project explores that heritage; a story about a Palestinian kid in America.

“It’s important for me to feel like I’m growing,” he says of this new music. “At least for me, I want to honour that and give it as much time and effort before I put it out.” But he backtracks: “I don’t even know if I did that necessarily to the highest degree,” he shrugs, with a smile. “But it was a stepping stone.”

Having all of your shit figured out by 21 is, in practise, probably a creative death sentence; to have reached your peak when there’s so much ahead of you may be more stifling than fulfilling. By offering up intense, unfiltered feelings in song, Anwar has given himself space to change his mind and figure all of that shit out. 

His happiness is rooted in the process of making it instead. It’s rooted in his girlfriend,his dog Dexter, his family, his “brothers” -- by which he means his best friends. The joy that stems from the last step in this process, for this music to be heard and find its admirers, is something he’s looking forward to. “I just want to bring people together in whatever capacity I can, and build a community,” he adds. “That will bring me peace.”

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