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Famed composer, singer Marcel Khalifeh to perform Friday

Palestinian Marcel Khalifeh playing the oud. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Palestinian Marcel Khalifeh playing the oud. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
AMMAN — Famed Lebanese composer and singer Marcel Khalifeh will be performing in the Arena Center at Al-Ahliyya Amman University at 8pm on Friday.

One of Khalifeh’s prominent poems-turned-into-a-song is “Ummi,” Arabic for “My Mother.” The sentimental song is played during all mother-related celebrations, especially on Mother’s Day.

It is especially popular in Palestine, where it is heard in smoke-filled traditional coffee shops in the old city of Jerusalem and the more lavish cafes on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Khalifeh told a press conference in Amman on Wednesday that Ummi is his most favorite song because “I wanted to give it to my mom as a gift, but she passed away before I could let her hear it in my voice,” he said.

Khalifeh agreed to perform for free on Friday. The event is under the supervision of Hilal Al-Quds Club and the patronage of the Lower House Deputy Khalil Atieh.

Ticket prices range between JD25 to JD250. It was not immediately clear where the money to be raised from ticket sale would go.

Khalife spoke about Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish’s long poem “Mural,” which Khalifeh said he intended to turn into a large theatrical piece, combining theater acting, dancing, and singing in the near future.

He said he mulled over this thought at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and worked on it multiple times since until its total time was reduced to from three hours to 90 minutes.

“Cutting it by half the time certainly took out some of its dynamic elements,” he said. He noted that the work will be presented under a “death” theme.

During Friday’s concert, Khalifeh said he was due to perform jointly with Dalal Abu Amneh, who was supposed to sing with him. But he pointed out that “her father passed away, and she will not be able to make it”.

Head of Hilal Al-Quds Club Diyaa Al-Shwaiki said Khalifeh immediately responded to the club’s invitation, and accepted to attend the press conference and hold the concert on Friday. اضافة اعلان

 

 

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