A US folk singer claims he will perform a peace concert in Daesh-controlled Syria

Published January 14th, 2016 - 02:00 GMT
James Twyman is aiming to counteract the violence of Daesh by singing peace prayers in war-torn Syria. (AFP/File)
James Twyman is aiming to counteract the violence of Daesh by singing peace prayers in war-torn Syria. (AFP/File)

A US folk singer has announced that he will perform a peace concert from inside Daesh-controlled territory in Syria. James Twyman, from Portland, Oregon, told Fox News that he felt a “calling” and that he believes he can reach out to the hearts of Daesh members.

This won’t be the first time Twyman has performed in a war zone, according to his website. It claims that he performed his “peace concert” in Bosnia and Croatia in 1995, and “in 1998 he was invited by Saddam Hussein to perform at the national theater in Baghdad.”

The website claims that along with two others, Twyman held a prayer vigil for Iraq in 1999, “focusing their prayers at the same moment air strikes were ordered to begin. Miraculously, in the face of such overwhelming spiritual energy, the air strikes were abandoned.”


He plans to have millions of people around the world sing and pray at the same time, and is asking those who wish to join in to register on his website. On his Twitter page, he claimed that 2,500 monks would join him in prayer, presumably remotely.


Reports suggest that he will travel to Tel Aviv, and go on from there to Majdal Shams, a Druze town in Israeli-occupied territory. He told The Daily Beast that, “The people there are very anti-ISIS and anti-terrorism—it’s where we’ll set up our base of operations.”

He dismissed the idea of walking into Daesh-controlled territory with a guitar without a guarantee of safety.

“It’s not about me being a superstar idiot in Syria. At this point, we’re not sure how far we will go, but if people there feel they can get me into an ISIS area safely, and then out safely, then we will do just that…The idea is to sing, then get back to safety,” he told The Daily Beast.

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