Monday, 2 June 2008

Lebanon: Between Mosque and Music

Lebanese singer Magida al-Roumi is seen on a giant screen in front of Beirut’s landmark Mohammed al-Amin mosque during her performance in the heart of the Lebanese capital, 1 June. Photo by Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images

"Majida El Roumi (Arabic: ماجدة الرومي‎, also transliterated as Majida Al Roumi) was born in Kfarshima, Lebanon on December 13, 1956. She is a Lebanese singer who started her musical career in the early 1970s when she participated in the talent show, Studio El Fan on Télé Liban and won the gold medal for best female singer. Since her appearance on television at the tender age of 16, she has become one of the most successful and respected singers of the Arab world as well as a UN Goodwill Ambassador.

In more than three decades, Majida El Roumi has become a symbol and an idol for global audiences.On December 9, 2007 Majida El Roumi gave a heartwrenching speech to Lebanese political leaders at a memorial for Gebran Tueni, a Lebanese politician."

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