Assi Hillani returns to Arabic tunes
Lebanese singer Assi Hilani revealed that the addition of Turkish tunes to his latest album "Fursat Umor" (A Chance of a Lifetime) is considered a substantial addition to his career and music. He added that change is considered to be an essential factor of success for every singer.
According to the London based daily, Al Hayat, Assi noted that his songs, which are sung in Lebanese and gulf accents where the most popular among his fans. This fact has led Assi to depend more on himself as a composer for his songs, because he considers himself the best to know his vocal abilities. Recently Assi completed composing two new songs in the Egyptian and gulf accents.
Assi adds that he is avoiding interviews these days due to the constant suffering in the Arab world. He stressed that people are more concerned about political events that touch every Arab citizen, then what goes on in a singer's life.
The singer is also in the process of preparing for his upcoming album, hoping to have it ready by June 2004. It was added that Assi will hold a live concert in Lebanon on New Years Eve.
Hilani had held a tour around the United States of America in different states. The tour began on September 25, 2003 and lasted up to October 19, 2003.
The singer has on the other hand expressed that despite the huge success his new album has accomplished and the increase of popularity he is witnessing around the Arab world with large crowds of people attending all his concerts, his mind is not put at ease due to the situation that has taken over the region and would not allow anyone any form of peace of mind.
Assi stressed that as a singer he feels he is responsible in giving something back to his audience especially those who are living through hardships day after day. He feels he owes his fans something that may help them out even if it is just to show his support towards them.
ِAssi's album hit stores on July 21, 2003 witnessing record breaking sales in a number of Arab countries. His new album is a collection of 12 new songs sung in the Lebanese and Bedouin accents, a style that the singer had refrained from singing in his previous album. Assi stressed that his release is revolutionary in the type of music it contains. The singer is sure that the songs chosen for the album will prove to be a big success among his viewers, in which he used modernized musical and singing techniques. –Albawaba.com
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