SHARJAH — The third night of the Sharjah World Music Festival (SWMF) at The Flag Island rounded up the weekend as Palestinian band Le Trio Joubran created a surreal atmosphere with their music, along with Emirati singer Arwa Ahmed. The crowd, unable to contain their excitement, shrieked and howled as the three brothers made their way on to the stage.
The evening started with Arwa Ahmed, an Emirati singer and winner of the “Best Women’s Voice” at the Qatar Music Festival 2013, who warmed the crowd with her sweet voice. Arwa Ahmed sang both in English and Arabic whilst strumming the strings of her blue guitar. She pleased the audience by singing a selection of poems such as “Ashan Ahebak Zeyada,” “Motayyam Belhawa,” “Min Elfarha,” and “Shouq Qalbai Kabeer.”
Following her performance, Le Trio Joubran, the only oud trio in the world, took to the stage and the crowd burst into joyous shrieks. The three brothers, Samir, Wissam and Adnan Joubran, started with an instrumental piece on their ouds to the drum beats of Youssef Hbeisch.
They played one instrumental piece after another, proving to their fans, Sharjah and the UAE that music needs no language. Not only did they elevate into a state of joy themselves, but they also took their fans with them.
Towards the end of the evening, Samir sang an Arabic poem by Mahmoud Darweesh, an internationally recognised Palestinian poet, called, “We have on this earth what makes life worth living” while the three brothers strummed their ouds. The trio also played “Travel,” a musical they wrote 12 years ago, which delivers hope that one day occupation will end in Palestine and Palestinians will be able to make their way home.
Then with irrefutable skill and a great deal of dexterity the trio performed a musical miracle with three of them together playing on one oud, at the same time. The sound it created was electric and the musical rhythm rebounded around the auditorium. The crowd went wild with delight as the trio ended their performance with the stunt to loud applause from the audience.
Renowned Hungarian violinist Jozsef Lendvai will play at the festival on Monday at Masrah Al Qasba – Theatre. Tickets can be bought from Al Qasba, Al Majaz Theatre, Al Majaz Waterfront, and also online via www.ticketmaster.ae.
The Festival, organized by Furat Qaddouri Music Centre and sponsored by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), will continue until Tuesday at various locations around Sharjah including Al Majaz Waterfront, Al Qasba, Heart of Sharjah, and The Flag Island. Musicians and bands from 13 countries are performing as part of the festival which aims to raise the cultural and artistic profile of Sharjah and the UAE and introduce the local community to various musical cultures from other parts of the world.