The forthcoming fifth edition of Sharjah World Music Festival (SWMF 2018) will commemorate the 40th death anniversary of legendary Egyptian singer Abdul Halim Hafez.
Dubbed the ‘Dark-Skinned Nightingale,’ the iconic performer’s life will be celebrated at the festival with a special musical night held at The Flag Island Theatre.
To be held on the third night of the festival, the tribute performances will feature three Egyptian artists: Ahmad Effat, Mai Hassan and Mohammad Metwalli. The trio will be accompanied by the Cairo Opera House Orchestra, conducted by Mohammad Esmail Al Mouji.
“The third day of the Sharjah World Music Festival will celebrate one of the great masters of Arabic song, who left behind a strong musical legacy for generations to come. Abdul Halim Hafez enriched Arabic music with romantic and patriotic melodies that are etched in the memories of Arab people,” said Furat Qaddouri, manager of SWMF.
The concert will see the three singers present a collection of Hafez’s best-known songs, which continue to inspire generation after generation.
Beginning on January 12, the eight-day event will bring together an impressive array of singers and musicians from a number of Arab and European countries, including Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Spain and Hungary.
The artists will be performing at four venues in Sharjah, including Al Majaz Amphitheatre, The Flag Island, Al Qasba and Al Majaz Waterfront.
The event is being organised by Shurooq in partnership with Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) and Al Majaz Amphitheatre.
Concert tickets for SWMF 2018 are available online at: www.ticketmaster.ae. They can also be purchased at the customer service counters at Al Qasba Theatre, The Flag Island Theatre, Al Majaz Amphitheatre and Al Majaz Waterfront.