16-Year-Old Snares First Jordanian Song Fest Prize
Rami Khaled, 16, has won the first prize of JD30,000 for his song Al Tib Tibak at the first Jordanian Song Festival, according to news agencies.
Naser Rashid’s song, written by poet Ali Al Battiri and composed by Wael Al Sharqawi, won the second prize of JD20,000 while Ayman Tayseer’s self-composed song La Tuseea Al Than Bee (Don’t Suspect Me), with lyrics by Tawfiq Al Fares, won the third prize of JD10,000.
The song by Khaled, the youngest contestant and member of the Ramtha Troupe for Jordanian Folklore also won the prizes for best verse and composition, with each amounting to JD50,000.
Sixteen singers participated in the festival, including five professionals and 11 amateurs, which was held for the first time ever in Jordan.
King Abdullah, who attended the festival, donated JD 70,000 in prizes to encourage Jordanian artists. The prizes carry the name King Abdullah II Prizes for Musical Creativity.
After handing out the prizes, Abdullah honored the artists Walid Tawfiq and Haitham Sukkariyyeh, in addition to the Syrian singer Asala Nasri and Jordanian singer Omar Al Abdallat, who dedicated the folksong Ya Shogi to the festival - Albawaba.com