Prominent Iraqi singer Kathem El Saher has announced that he will be holding a charity concert in London on May 23, 2004, which proceeds will go to different projects for helping Iraqi children. The singer’s performance will take place at the Royal Albert Hall and is sponsored by the Malkonian organization. This is the second time for Kathem to hold a concert in the same place; the first one was back in 1997 alongside Tunisian singer Latifa.
Officials of the organization, which is known for holding numerous charitable events, stressed that their past experience with Kathem gives them great expectations that the coming concert will prove success. It was revealed that the only reason Kathem has not held a concert for the organization in such a long time is due to the fact that he was tied to a different sponsor, reported the London based daily, Al Hayat.
The head of the organization revealed that his concern for the wellbeing of children, especially the Iraqi ones, is the only aim of the performances. He has ensured that all the proceeds will go into helping children and hopefully be able to provide them with basic necessities of life.
Kathem’s hit “Hafiyat al-Kadamein” (Barefoot) is ranked first in the music show Juke Box on the British radio BBC. Kathem had previously talked on the same show about a future song entitled “If there is one pray to bring us together” that he will declare in the near future.
The BBC Radio 3 World Music Award for best singer in the Middle East and North Africa category was awarded to El Saher, and he is scheduled to receive his prize at a special event held especially for the occasion in England. The singer revealed that during the event he will sing a remix of his popular song “Baghdad and "Me and Laila". –Albawaba.com
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