Fairuz Wows Amsterdam

For full article and credits see http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=286152

Legendary diva Fairuz performed on Sunday for the first time in Amsterdam. (AFP/Joseph Eid)

For full article and credits see http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=286152

More info on the Amsterdam Concert may also be found on this Facebook page:
Facebook Page for Amsterdam Loves Fairuz

Jordanian Artist Sadouf Salem Weaves a Canvas of Tales

Over the past two decades, Sadouf Salem has made a name for herself as one of Jordan's most talented women artists/painters.  Her amazing artwork which adorns her personal gallery in Amman tells of a lifetime of experiences, love, pain, beauty and survival.

Sadouf sat with me for an exclusive interview on July 9th, 2011 at her gallery where she spoke about her art, her spirituality and her artistic journey towards self-acceptance.

Below is her interview--intertwined with pictures of the artist, her work, and her fans--as well as pictures of the artwork she is currently displaying at Sadouf Gallery.

For more info on Sadouf Gallery, check out her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/158661640821693

You can also contact Sadouf directly via email at sadouf_salem@yahoo.com


Click on Play arrow below to listen to the interview and watch a slideshow of Sadouf's ouevre.


My exclusive interview with Sadouf Salem, a Jordanian artist whose works reflect a range of genres, combining Arabic calligraphy with various representations of the self.

Interview was conducted at Sadouf Gallery in Amman, Jordan on July 9th, 2011.

My Exclusive Interview with Tania Kassis aka La Soprano du Liban

My interview with Tania Kassis in Beirut July 2011

Tania Kassis aka 'La Soprano du Liban' is a Lebanese artist who quickly rose to international fame when she released a song titled the "Islamo-Christian Ave" over a year ago in which she recorded the Ave Maria and intermixed it with the "Shahada" (the Islamic call for prayer).  The result was an outstanding track that aimed to highlight the common message of peace in both Christianity and Islam.

Last year, Tania released her first album which she called Oriental Colors and which included such amazing tracks as "Ounchoudat Beirut," "Jerusalem" and "Chou Ma Sar."  The CD is available on iTunes, Amazon.fr, MySpace and through the artist's website www.taniakassis.com.  She has also been touring extensively and spreading her message of peace, love and hope all over the world.

During my recent to Beirut, Tania Kassis very graciously agreed to an interview with me in which she spoke about her music, her life, her artistic journey and her hopes for teh future.  The interview will be intermingled with clips from Tania's music and will air on KZSU 90.1 FM (Stanford University) in the Fall of 2011.  In the emantime, I am giving readers of this blog exclusive access to the audio track from the interview which was conducted in July 2011 in Beirut, Lebanon.

Below are some pictures from my exclusive interview with Tania Kassis followed by Tania's video salute to Stanford University and KZSU listeners as well as video clips from Tania's spectacular repertoire of songs.

  My Exclusive Audio Interview with Tania Kassis by author30

























SAMPLE FROM THE REPERTOIRE OF TANIA KASSIS:



Mashrou' Leila Perform Live in Beirut

On Thursday June 30th, 2011 I had the pleasure of finally attending a special live concert by Mahsrou' Leila, one of Lebanon's ultra hip bands whose music has revolutionized the Lebanese underground/alternative music scene.  I had already bought and memorized their debut self-titled CD but nothing could have prepared me for the spectacular event which took place by the Mediterranean on a warm evening in Beirut.


Mashrou' Leila is made up of Haig Papazian, Carl Gerges, Omaya Malaeb, Andre Chedid, Firas Abou Fakher, Ibrahim Badr and Hamed Sinno, the amazing lyricist/main vocalist for the band whose vocal acrobatics, moves and energy have to be witnessed to be believed.


The band played several songs from their already released album (available on iTunes) and announced the upcoming launch of their latest EP titled 'Al-Hal Romancy.'  They also just unveiled their brand new website at www.mashrouleila.com


Here are some short clips from the spectacular June 2011 concert in Beirut (complete with fireworks at the end) plus pictures of yours truly with the band and the audience.




















STILL PICTURES FROM THE MASHROU' LEILA CONCERT