Sami Hawwat to Dedicate Concert to Late Poet George Yamin
Lebanese singer Sami Hawwat will perform two concerts entitled Hatta Walaw Kan (Even if He Was) next Friday and Saturday evenings at al Madinah Theater in Beirut.
The singer will dedicate the concerts to the soul of his late friend poet George Yamin who was nicknamed Nather al Rayahin (Basil Spreader).
“I perform for the first time a concert at al Madinah Theater where I participated with Marcel Khalipha in a commemoration honoring Ghassan Kanafani,” Hawwat told the Lebanese daily al Nahar.
He added, “ I shall sing a new song written by the late friend poet George Yamin. I would like to say that my singing career began with him through the song al Rai al A’m (public Opinion) in addition to the stage performance which I sang Malla Murrah (What a Bitter?) and other songs which I will sing later. I shall combine all his songs and release them in a cassette written by him and composed and sung by me. There will be also songs which I wrote including Shayfak Malbouk Bi Halak (I See You are Confused with Yourself), music play named Hatta Walaw Kan and music by Ziyad al Rahbani. I have also collaborated with the poet and composer Makhoul Qasouf in a production including two cassettes Kulloh Tamam (All Well) and Abwab al Farah (Happiness Doors) from which I shall sing some songs again,” he added.
On the theater, Hawwat said, “I collaborated in the past with the Ziad al Rahbani in the plays: Nazl al Surour (Hotel of Happiness), A Long American Film, Binnesba Labukra Shu (Regarding Tomorrow What) and Shai Fashel (Disappointed Thing). I also participated along with the director John Shamoun in the film Taif al Madinah (City Spectrum) and with Maroun Baghdadi in Kharej al Hayat (Outside Life). This is in addition to my collaboration with Samir al Thekra in a musical cinema production. I feel that the theater imposes restrictions on the artist. I began to like more freedom and this is more likely due to old age.” -- Albawaba.com