Lebanese singer Haifa Wahbi has inaugurated the third “Song Festival for Mediterranean Countries” at the opera house in Alexandria, Egypt. The festival features a competition of new voices from around the Arab world and abroad.
Half of the contestants competing in the race are Egyptian, and the rest are from Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Syria, in addition to participants from Turkey, Spain, Ireland, Germany, and Romania.
The six day event features performances by the Egyptian band WAMA, singers Midhat Saleh and Khaled Salim, and Lebanese singer Carol Samaha. Tunisian singer Saber Riba’ee will give the grand finale performance at the awards ceremony.
Prominent Egyptian actor Samir Sabri revealed that the event will include an honorary ceremony for three well-known singers from the Mediterranean region. The three are prominent Syrian singer Mayada Al Hinawi, Abdul Wahab Al Dukali and Libyan composer/singer Naser Al Mazdawi, who is best known for introducing the Franco-Arab composition to the Arab song.
Musician Hilmi Baker will also be honored in addition to prominent Egyptian director Yousif Shahin.
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