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'Sounds of Arabia' returns to Abu Dhabi
2009-04-06 12:27:10

Abu Dhabi to launch rich music programme that sheds light on golden age of genuine Arab 'Tarab' songs.

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ABU DHABI -Thenation Press - The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) will launch its Arabic music festival 'Sounds of Arabia', with a new rich programme that aims to shed light on the golden age of genuine Arab 'Tarab' songs.

The festival, held on 2-9 May 2009, is one of the world's greatest tributes to Arabic music, where the most acclaimed performers from the Middle East will congregate in Abu Dhabi to delight audiences with their musicianship.

"Through the festival, we are not trying to only offer a substantive evening of musical celebration, but we also seek to discuss the important aspects of music through a series of lectures and workshops by senior and professional musicians who played a significant role in preserving the Arab musical heritage," said Abdullah Al Amiri, Director of the Department of Culture at ADACH.

Amiri noted that festival aims to revive the era of golden music and preserve its beauty, but more importantly it seeks to highlight the great works of those who are trying to make additions to such musical treasures.

"This is the second session of the festival of 'Sounds of Arabia', launched by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage in 2008 in a serious attempt to building bridges between Arab culture and its fans, which is part of the Authority's strategy," said Amiri.

"The festival this year includes a unique combination of different Arab schools of music from the Arab Gulf, Egypt and the Maghreb, to provide the best performances of Tarab songs in the United Arab Emirates," he added.

The festival will commence with the great Saudi Arabian singer Mohammed Abdu. It will include other big artists like Ahmed Qabour from Lebanon, Karima El Saqli from Morocco, and Hussien Al Adhami from Iraq.

Participating bands will include the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra, Beirut for Oriental Music, Charbel Rouhana from Lebanon, and Azifat from Tunisia.

The programme will conclude with Iman El Bahr Darwish, Lutfi Bou Chnaq, and Ghada Shabir in a special evening dedicated to the late Palestinian poet laureate Mahmoud Darwish, at the Dhafra Auditorium.

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