17 January, 2014
The first Sharjah World Music Festival, organized by Al Qasba, Sharjah's premier leisure and family destination in collaboration with Furat Qaddouri Music Centre, continued its 2nd day with a concert by Lebanese performer Jahida Wehbe, accompanied by the European Fusion Band, who gave live performances, combining word and tune, poetry and singing.
The musical evening was attended by a number of official figures, artists and journalists, most notably HE Sami Nmeir, Consul General of Lebanon in Dubai, and renowned TV host and presenter Berwin Habib.
All-round performer Jahida Wehbe expressed her happiness and satisfaction with the organizing of the Sharjah World Music Festival for the first time, and her presence in the emirate, which is home to various cultural events. She hoped that the festival will be one of the largest and most prestigious musical extravaganzas in the Arab world.
Wehbe said it is her first concert after the death of her mother recently, and dedicated her first musical night in Sharjah to her mother, who she described as her first audience who supported and stood by her side in her early career beginnings.
Wehbe began her concert with one of the most famous poems by Lebanese poet Talal Haidar, followed by Mahmoud Darwish's poem. In her silken voice, Wehbe then took the audience on a journey to the good old days of music with Asmahan's song (Ya Habibi Ta'ala), followed by a song by Chilean poet