Fairouz to perform in Dubai with her son Ziad
Prominent Lebanese singer Fairouz has announced that she will be hosting a live concert alongside her son Ziad Rahbani on the January 23rd in Dubai. Preparations for the Fairuz and Ziad Rahabani’s concert are underway where a mixture of various styles, old and new, Eastern and Western, serious and fun, with a dash of sociopolitical commentary thrown in will be combined in the big event.
According to the London based daily, Al Sharq Al Awsat, an orchestra of 60, with musicians from different European countries and two Arabs (from Syria and Lebanon), led by maestro Karn Dier Gharyan will accompany the great singer. In addition to 10 Lebanese chorus members will join Fariouz. The program will be different from the concert programs she has recently performed in different cities of the world.
Fairouz has not revealed what she will present at the concert, whereas her son announced that he will be performing the latest from the Rahbani collection a form of classical and modern music blended together that has come to find popularity among Arabs worldwide.
On a different note, the daily reported that Fairouz had not filed any complaint against the Egyptian radio station that aired the series “Jarit Al Qamar” (Neighbor of the Moon), that revolves around her biography and had requested the station to send her a script of the series. But till this moment the station has not sent any script to the singer causing suspicion as to why the delay has occurred.
Born and educated in Beirut, Fairouz began her musical career as a chorus member at the Lebanese Radio Station. In the late 1950s her talent as a singer became fully acknowledged due to her unprecedented enthusiasm and vocal superiority. Fairouz's early songs featured the singer's distinct vocal timbre and lyrics expressing romantic love and nostalgia for village life.
By the early 1960s Fairouz was already one of the main attractions at the annual Baalbeck Festival and a celebrity not only in Lebanon but also throughout the Arab world. During most of her singing career, Fairouz was part of a three-member team that included the two Rahbani brothers. Generally, Mansour Rahbani wrote her lyrics, and the tunes were composed and arranged by his brother Assi, Fairouz's former husband. Fairouz's songs owe a great deal to the musical and poetic genius of these two Lebanese artists. –Albawaba.com
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