Born in Germany and raised in Syria, Malek Jandali was one of the first Syrian artists abroad to publicly speak out against the Syrian regime. He is known for his controversial song “Watani Ana: I am my Homeland,” which he performed at a protest in Washington D.C. Soon after, his parents, who still lived in Syria, were severely beaten and their home ransacked. Jandali blamed Syrian security forces for the attack, and promptly moved his parents to the United States. In 2013, he launched an international benefit tour to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Syria.