Saturday, June 22, 2013

Mohammad Assaf And The UNRWA Ambassadorship

A diplomatic source in Beirut, where MBC's Arab Idol is filmed, told Ma'an the agreement was signed days ago to make Assaf the first-ever Palestinian refugee to become a UN ambassador.

He will become the Palestine refugee agency UNRWA's first-ever regional youth ambassador, the source said. "A man with a golden voice is going to take the Palestinians' voice to the universe. At long last, a fantastic story out of Gaza that will touch the hearts of the world," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity as the ambassadorship has not yet been announced.

Eyes glued to big screens in cafes and restaurants across Gaza and the West Bank, adoring fans cheer on Mohammad Assaf as he sings his way closer to winning this year’s Arab Idol song contest. Since March, the handsome, immaculately dressed 22-year-old Gazan’s powerful voice has propelled him every weekend to the ranks of only seven remaining singers in a Beirut-based competition that started out with 27.

In Gaza City and Ramallah alike, fans carry banners that urge viewers to text “number 3” to the Arab Idol hotline on their mobile phones, giving Assaf a vote. As with Pop Idol, the Western equivalent on which it is modelled, Arab Idol eliminates each week the singer with the fewest votes. Assaf made it through again on Saturday night. Assaf performed three songs, closing with a popular Palestinian song Alli al-Kufya, or “Wave high the kufiya.” The kufiya is a traditional Arab headdress, associated abroad with the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Arab Idol - الأداء -أداء المشترك الفائز


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