Before coming to the UK, Jamal spent over 40 years as a professional musician in Syria, where as well as composing music for TV, he ran a recording studio, played with several bands and lectured in universities as an expert on Arabic music.
He has toured with Damon Albarn and Gorillaz, and is a member of the London Syrian Ensemble.
Alaa is from a famous Syrian musical family and has played the oud and sung for 25 years.
Although not a professional musician, he is a well-respected player and is also training to become a translator to help support Syrian refugees settle in the UK.
Together with Best Foot Music, they have released a 7-inch vinyl record and digital download, with all funds from sales going to the Sussex Syrian Community Hardship Fund.
This special Friday Lunch is part of a series of events celebrating the 20th Refugee Week, 18 – 24 June.