Date(s) - 03/04/2016
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Royal Northern College of Music
It’s a once in a lifetime concert in Manchester, the Lebanese musician, singer and composer, Marcel Khalife is performing this Sunday in Manchester – one of the most famous artists from the Arab world. He is known mostly for his inspiring songs for Palestine and the rest of the Middle East, though it’s a powerful and upbeat mix of classical Arabic music from across the region. Some are based on the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and he has performed outside on the rubble of bombed out concert halls. He plays the Oud and with a full orchestra that is uplifting and very emotional. He’s in England only performing in Manchester and London so please share with people in your area – with your help we’ll make it a full house for an unforgettable night and so he’ll be keen to come again. People are coming over from all over the North of England, so get your tickets while you can! Its at the Royal Northern College of Music Concert Hall, on Oxford Road Manchester on Sunday 3rd April at 20:0, see below for details:
Follow the Lebanese composer, singer and oud master as he is joined by the Al Mayadine Ensemble to trace his career one song at a time, reviving the passion of songs including Rita and Oummi (Mother), among many others. Starting as a performer of protest songs, Marcel Khalifé has become one of the biggest popular musicians of the Arab world. Using his position to spread a message of peace and freedom, he has faced blasphemy trials, funded music education in Palestine and performed in bombed-out concert halls, earning him the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2005 for his educational and humanitarian contributions.
Composing music to the works of the most distinguished contemporary Arab poets, notably the poetry of the late renowned Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, his music is characterised by a potent Arabic and Mediterranean pulse running through the inimitable combination of traditional Middle Eastern and Western elements.
Marcel Khalifé’s Al Mayadine Ensemble – which he founded in 1976 – masterfully build up these layers before dropping them away, his delicate vocals ringing around the venue, the audience hanging on his every word. Join in with his rousing choruses and be swept along on his wave of hopeful euphoria.