Kamal Canção was born in a small village near the coast of Syria, and was deeply influenced by the mystical poets from both the Middle East and South America, the latter of which he discovered in the libraries he visited while his parents travelled for work. He attended small parochial schools and did well across many subjects. When he was 12 he made a trip to Florence with his mother, which would alter his sense of aesthetics toward an appreciation of the Renaissance and Romantic movements. A few years later his father sent him into the mountains for a month to live close to the land and thereby develop an understanding of the natural cycles and movements of nature. He was also apprenticed out to several aesthetics for various periods of work and study. From 1983 to 1985, Canção spent two years in the Kingdom of Bahrain during which time he studied classical literature and world history.
Sufism: An Inquiry Vol XVI, No. 3