Tony Khalife is a singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, yogi, artist, teacher, child-soldier, and messenger of love and peace. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, in the spring of 1964, Khalife knew at a very young age that he wanted to be a musician but the Civil War soon marked the end of his childhood. Drafted into a local militia, Khalife learned to handle a gun instead of a guitar or schoolbooks. When gunmen stormed the Khalife home the family was forced to leave, hiding in an underground room. Here, Khalife taught himself to play the guitar. His journey since has been a lifelong search for musical truth with a mission to raise the world’s vibration through music, to be the melody of peace overpowering the guns of war.
Khalife will present a free, music-based wellness workshop, the format of which will be determined closer to the event. No musical experience is required.
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