August 12, 2022

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Personal and regional tensions behind Heba Tawaji's retreat from singing in Damascus

Personal and regional tensions behind Heba Tawaji’s retreat from singing in Damascus

“I consulted with my group and we decided together that the current circumstances are not conducive to hosting this concert in Syria,” Tawaji said in a three-minute clip.

“I promise we will meet soon and I hope you understand my decision,” he concluded, adding, “My language will be loving, artistic and humane.”

Lebanese singer’s statements The Syrian “Shams Academy” organization that organized the event announced that the “surprising” decision of Doji and Rahbani was to “exit” from the event without clear and definite reasons. “

“Shams Academy regrets and is surprised by the withdrawal of Rahbani and Tawaji,” the Syrian organizer said in a statement.

The announcement of the two concerts sparked interest in Syria, with images circulating on social media this month showing people queuing up to buy tickets to attend the banquet, despite ticket prices close to the government department’s average monthly salary. workers.

Journalists and activists opposed to the Syrian regime, especially Syrians and Lebanese, have leveled harsh criticism through social media and the media, rejecting both parties in a country that has been witnessing a bloody war for eleven years. Displacement of millions of people and destruction of infrastructure.

Under these circumstances, an article published on the Taraj website on Friday considered holding such a party “to overcome the tragedy of millions of Syrians.”

Both concerts will mark the return of Hiba Tawaji and Osama Rahpani to Syria after fifteen years.

Osama al-Rahbani, the son of Mansour al-Rahbani, formed an art trio with his older brother Assi al-Rahbani and Ms. Fayrouz, which provided the Arabic music library with a rich musical and song tradition. Reports of refusing to engage in politics with art.

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