16 November, 2018

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Mohammed Assaf: From Underdog To Idol

On the eve of the summer solstice, Arab satellite mega-station MBC broadcast the finale of the second season of Arab Idol.  For those unfamiliar with the phenomenon known as Arab Idol, it is basically the Pan-Arab version of American Idol, complete with cheesy cover songs, a star-studded judges’ table, and dreams coming true or being broken by viewers’ voting. This season’s finale, broadcast live from Beirut, was a nail-biter, even though there was a clear favorite from day one, Mohammed Assaf. 

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    Wow!! version of the American idol isn’t this the type of western decadent Muslim countries trying to avoid idol worship.

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    We watched/listened to the finals, hoping the Palestinian would win — great morale booster for even a few days when grounded in an abysmal situation. The Syrian singer was super glamourous, also a lovely singer, and the Egyptian astounded by producing extraordinary sounds without seeming to even move his mouth. But young Mohammed proved himself a poet as well as a singer and his words on winning must have moved even some of the stern clerical critics who disapproved of the whole affair.
    Assaf almost didnt make the contest at all (or was it the semi-finals?), as various obstacles caused him to arrive at the hall only after the gates were shut. He sang to the crowd outside and when word got through to the contestants in the hall, a Palestinian singer inside* generously gave up his place to Mohammed.
    *I hope his gesture won’t be forgotten. Quite a sacrifice.

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    GREAT VOICE……… A GIFT FROM THE ALMIGHTY…… CONGRATULATIONS…..

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    Good for this young man. He was able to overcome many obstacles to win this prestigious music award.
    He will also be able to bring focus to the plight of the Palestinian people, many of whom still suffer in refugee camps, and others who live under a horrible occupation, where they are unable to move around freely, and have suffered blockades and deprivation.

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    Mohammed is a simple boy, coming from a family of 6 children, living in the refugee camp and started singing as a wedding singer. He became the star by obtaining millions of votes as per unconfirmed reports. He gave a new life to the following song of Mohammed Abdo.

    https://www.facebook.com/ahmed.fawaz.73/posts/10151702246107402

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    Great show. These thing should show more often in the other part of the world specially for narrow minded people like in SL. This shows that majority of Arabs are like us.
    Fools like Sr Lankan “Leela” grabs couple of very specific translations from Quran and try to define Muslims.
    These type of programs should be shown more often in SL and as well as civilized countries like USA, UK, AUS.

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