An extraordinary form of art, dance, has been around for centuries and Debka is no exception. While a traditional style of Arab dance, Debka portrays an incredible amount of art and talent. Firkat Al Watan, also known as The Homeland Group, find their true passion through this incredible style of dance. Established in 2015, with some of Chicago’s most talented dabeeks, or Debka dancers, Firkat Al Watan puts in numerous hours a week, working incredibly hard to bring their amazing talent through enjoyable shows all across Chicago. Gaining experience from performing at different social events, charity events, and more, Firkat Al Watan is always ready to perform, entertain, and show their amazing talent. Along with doing debka, Firkat Al Watan also performs zaffas, which is filled with fun, dancing, singing/chanting, when welcoming the bride and the groom at their wedding. If interested and would like to book Firkat Al Watan to make your next event an unforgettable one, please request a quote on the Home page of our website, email info@firkatalwatan.com, or call the team at (773) 60-WATAN or our team leader at (773) 517-4157.

Firkat Al Watan looks forward to performing at your next event!

ABOUT

Firkat Al Watan

Majed Said

Team Leader

I am Majed Said. I am studying to be a Mechanical Engineer at IIT next semester inshaAllah. Debka is something I loved to do ever since I was a kid. I was inspired to create a group of brothers that love Debka and appreciate it as much as I do. 

 

Mohammad Abuakar

Team Manager/Choreographer/Webmaster

Hi all! My name is Mohammad Abuakar. I am an alum of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), with a bachelors in Finance. I am currently challenged paramedic school while working as an Emergency Room Technician at Little Company of Mary Hospital and as an Immediate Care Technician at Northwestern Medicine.  My goal is to continue working towards medical school and become an ER Physician. Despite my heavy schedule, I finds my true passion and love in debka. To me, debka is an all-in-one deal. It's an art, a magical relaxer, a great way to spend time with people, and hey, also some great cardio! Spending much of my free time co-choreographing the wonderful performances that Firkat Al Watan has to offer, I work diligently to ensure that Firkat Al Watan puts on a show that connects modern dance to an unforgettable heritage. 

Favorite Debka song: Mijwix Mix

 

Talat Suleiman

Team Manager/Choreographer

I am 22 years old and a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am now a medical student at Rush University pursuing an MD. I pride myself in my mixed background, half Palestinian and half mixed European ancestry. I embrace my culture, but more importantly my religion. I started participating in Dabke dance from a young age, learning from pure observation to eventually excelling in the art and building with my close friends a strong Dabke group. My motivation stems from my pride, my experiences as an activist, my talents, my friends, and my urge to preserve identity and culture.

 

Mohammad Salem

Team Manager/Zaffa Coordinator

I am 22 years old and a recent graduate of The University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelors in Biology. Currently I am an optometry student pursuing a Doctor of Optometry degree. Debka and zaffa mean a lot to me because it is a way for me to stay true to my roots as well as show others the amazing and unique Palestinian culture.

 

Tayseer Hamdan

My name is Tayseer Hamdan. I'm 22 years old. Firkat Al Watan is not only a debka and zaffa group to me. This group ties me to my roots and connects me with my proudful heritage and culture. Seventy years of ongoing oppression against the Palestinian people is not simply a means of ridding Palestine of its people, but how the world plans to strip Palestine of its heritage and culture. Firkat Al Watan is special in that it is a group that teaches others about the Watan's past and history through art. 

 

Abdullah Samad

I am 22 years old. I was born and raised in Palestine up until the age of 19 in a suburb of Jerusalem called Beit Hanina. I studied in Birzeit University for a year, and then came as a college sophomore to the States seeking an adventure, experience, and a great medical education in order to return back home one day to provide effective care to those in desperate need in Gaza and the West Bank. I miss my homeland dearly, and I love performing Dabka as it is one of the ways that make me feel at home. 

My favorite Chill Dabka Song: 

 أصالة يوسف - دبكة ودبيكة

Hyper Dabka Song: شفيق كبها - احلى زمر

 

Aiman Abdelmajid

My name is Aiman Abdelmajid. I am a recent graudate of Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Political Science. My hope is to attend dental school in the near future. I spend a lot of my free time staying active with my local mosque, as well as many social justice organizations. My parents have always instilled in me the love for the Palestinian culture. For me, Debka is apart of my identity; it goes beyond the music and dancing. Remembering and holding on to the often appropriated Palestinian culture is very important as a Palestinian living in the West. 

Favorite Debka song: Maher Halabi - Zareef At Toul

 

Mohannad Rachid

My name is Mohannad Rachid. I am 21 years old. As a Syrian, I do Debka because I am proud of where I come from. This dance has been apart of the Levant tradition for centuries and it is a special outlet that allows me to hold on to my roots here in America. My goal is teach Arab Americans how to do Debka because when I go to weddings, I am always always disappointed with the lack of skill.

Favorite Debka song: Watch Me

 

Sief Salamah

My name is Sief Salameh. I am proudly the youngest in the group. I am a senior in high school with the goals of pursing a career in foreign service. Being on a professional Debka group means a lot to me for several reasons. First I get to spend time with dedicated and proud Middle Easterners, and we get the honor to represent the Palestinian culture and tradition wherever we go.

Meet The Performers
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