Posted by on April 07, 2014 in Blog

When the Coca-Cola Company launched an ad campaign in 8 different languages, some saw controversy. When we saw the video of the young lady singing “America the Beautiful” in Arabic, our hearts melted. We are very excited to announce that Naya Salah, will be joining us to perform “America the Beautiful” in Arabic at this year’s Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala.

At only 10-years-old, Naya’s talents have already been featured during America’s largest televised event of the year, when a clip of her Arabic rendition of America’s emblematic anthem of patriotism was featured in Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl commercial. Her performance was emotional and inspiring to say the least -- and touched millions of viewers by showcasing the diversity that makes America so unique.

Watch the video of Naya and you will see why we asked her to be with us and why you should be there too!

https://www.youtube.com/embed/jn8fK6r9ayc?rel=0

It is with great pride and admiration that we welcome such a young and talented member of our community at this year’s Gala.

More about Naya:

Naya was born on May 14, 2003 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, although she’s been raised in California since enrolling in kindergarten. Three-quarters of her family traces their origins to Palestine and the other quarter from Syria. As a natural born performer, Naya started singing before she could speak in full sentences. Besides singing, Naya’s musical talents include playing the piano and violin, and as if that wasn't impressive enough, she even composes her own songs. Her talents have been showcased with Aswat Youth singers, where she sang for three years, and she has most recently performed solos with the Aswat Women Ensemble in the Bay Area. She has had several leading roles in school plays and musicals, including the lead role in her school’s "High School Musical" play. Besides her active music life, Naya is a straight A student, president of her Student Body Council, and a basketball and tennis enthusiast.

Make sure to catch Naya’s special performance and an evening of full of celebrating the accomplishments of the Arab American community at this year’s Gibran Gala. Signup now here

 

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