Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Arabic Choir Performs in San Jose

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Arabic Choir Performs in San Jose

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ARABIC CHOIR PERFORMS IN SAN JOSE

On June 2 some 300 music lovers enjoyed classical and contemporary songs from various parts of the Arab world as performed by ASWAT Arabic Choir at the San Jose State University Music Concert Hall. The Lammam Brothers musical ensemble, the al-Marjaana ensemble, which specializes in the revival of Andalusian music, and the Sanabil Children's Choir also performed at the event called in Arabic Lailat Tarab (evening of entertainment).

"Spectacular," was the word audience member Taghried Zeid used to describe the performance. "In light of the situation of the Palestinian people [in the West Bank and Gaza], some of the songs ASWAT performed were so moving and helped lift up our spirits," he said. "It made the event so enjoyable."

The San Francisco Bay Area's only Arabic choir, ASWAT is a non-profit organization founded in January 1999 by Palestinian-American Nabila Mango, under the musical directorship of Elias Lammam. Mango, one of California's hardest-working Arab community leaders for over two decades, was born in Jaffa, Palestine and raised in Jordan. …

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