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Lebanese American Artist Leila Milki Releases English-Meets-Arabic Holiday Video

posted on: Dec 21, 2018

Lebanese American Artist Leila Milki Releases English-Meets-Arabic Holiday Video

This week, Lebanese American musical artist Leila Milki released her new holiday video for the holiday season.

The video features the Christmas carol “Angels We Have Heard On High,” along with Lebanese icon Fairuz’s rendition, “Nejmet Eid.” Recorded live at Blue Dream Studios, Los Angeles.

In announcing the video, Milki wished “all a peaceful holiday season!”

The video and lyrics are below:



Angels we have heard on high,
Singing sweetly through the night,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their brave delight.

Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Dawwee belyeilee sa3eedee
Ya nejmee beita arreeb
Jeyyee men dinyee b3eedee
Tetloj 3a hal kawn teeb

Ya samaa
Tetloj ash3ar ou salam
Ya samaa
Tetloj ash3ar ou salam

Leila Milki is a Lebanese-American singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist based in Los Angeles, California. As a dynamic, eclectic, and multilingual pop-fusion musician, she integrates her classical piano training with her Arab heritage to create thoughtful instrumentation, engaging melodies, and heartfelt harmony. She strives to translate her artistry into an accessible platform for emotional and cultural empowerment.

Milki also draws from the musical and poetic traditions of her Lebanese roots, seeking to merge the vivid nuances of her middle-eastern background with the Western stylings of her contemporary pop-alternative influences. This union of East and West is captured in “Leil Ya Leil,” the Arabic/English fusion single she wrote as a special tribute to El Koura, Lebanon.

She performs regularly in the greater Los Angeles area and the San Francisco Bay Area (where she was born and raised). She incorporates English, Arabic, French, and Spanish into her captivating performances, and finds that these separate, yet beautifully cohesive narratives enrich her creative palette, inspire her multilayered perspectives, and ultimately elevate our colorful, unified humanity.

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Compiled by Arab America