Lebanese singer Grace Deeb was recently in Frankfurt Germany, where she participated in the Frankfurt International Book Fair after being invited by the organizers. The result of her participation was her official adoption by the German Production Company Rebecca Hect, which vowed to produce joint work for the artist with known German singers.
According to the London based daily, Al Sharq Al Awsat, Grace is the first Arab singer to be adopted by a German company. The management of the book fair had written to Rotana asking for one Arab singer to join the international event and represent the Middle East region. Rotana sent a list of its artists and a sample of their work and the organizers chose Grace because of her remarkable talent and her ability to mix between Western and Eastern music.
The organizers revealed that hosting an Arab artist was very important to show that music is the language of the world and has an important role in getting the nations closer to each other. A special CD was issued containing all the songs for the participants in the book fair and Grace sang three songs, which witnessed great success among attendees. The concert was held on October 8th on the Kinh Kameha Club which is one of the most popular theatres in Europe where the American television music channel MTV usually holds its concerts.
Deeb has just released her first album, which features songs sung in the Lebanese and Egyptian accents, in Jordan earlier this month. The singer worked with a number of prominent poets and composers, in addition to adding some of her own composition for most of the songs.
The first album also contains a classic song entitled “Ana Habeit” (I fell in love), words by Marwan Khoury and tune by Boudy Naoum. Grace's album is a blend of Arabic, English and French songs using the right mix of eastern and western instruments. –Albawaba.com
© 2004 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com )