Haifa Wahbi sings to Palestine via radio
Lebanese singer Haifa Wahbi sang for her fans in the Gaza Strip, -Palestine, broadcast live through the radio station Gaza FM, based in Rome.
The song marks Haifa’s first live performance for her Palestinian fans, and she, expressed to Palestinians her dream of singing to them live in person.
According to the London based Elaph, Haifa stated that she feels obligated to present music that puts a smile on people’s faces, and that she “supports the Palestinian people every step of the way.”
Palestinians are using information and telecommunications technology to circumvent the physical barriers imposed by Israeli military occupation, and the music industry is wisely tapping into this resource.
The radio announcer revealed to Haifa that her song “Rajab”, which was the one she sung over the radio, is very popular in Palestine, often requested by her Gaza fans.
Wahbi traveled to Rome, Italy after receiving a special invitation from the Italian Network Rai Uno to appear as a guest, marking the first time an Arab singer has appeared on the network. The singer also received a second invitation to appear as a guest, from the Italian network Rai Due.
Before going to Rome, Haifa participated in the Canne Film Festival along with a number of international stars, like fashion designer Roberto Cavali, who designed the dress she wore to the event. American model Naomi Campbell, Lebanese fashion designer Elli Saab, and Adriano Carmio were also on hand for the Festival.