Nai Barghouti is joined by her quartet for a life-affirming, jazz-infused musical feast that showcases a dizzying depth of international influences.
Nai Barghouti first toured the UK with her Arabic jazz sound in 2017, quickly becoming a favourite with audiences around the country. Her fellow musicians reflect that musical fusion, playing instruments from keys and bass to qānūn and an array of percussion. Together they create the perfect accompaniment to Barghouti’s astounding vocals.
A graduate of the Edward Said Conservatory of Music in Palestine, Barghouti has musical skill in abundance. For the second of two special concerts at The Hub, she draws on wide-ranging inspirations to create an experience combining poise and nuance with an immediate sense of joy.
Barghouti’s vocal range – which is youthful but of oddly rich timber – reduced the audience to putty in the performers’ hands.
The Hub Series is supported by Sir Ewan and Lady Brown together with Flure Grossart
Khalil Khoury Qanun
Ruven Ruppik Drums and Percussion
Diego Álvarez Bass guitar
Tony Roe Piano
'Yimken Habeit' (Maybe I am in Love). Composition and lyrics by Ayman Al-Hajri.
'Think of others'. Composed by Nai Barghouti. Lyrics by Mahmoud Dariwsh.
'Huma Meen' (Who are they?). Tribute to Egyptian folk musician Sheikh Imam.
Composed by Nai Barghouti. Lyrics by Ahmad Fouad Nigm.
'Habaitak'. Originally sung by Fairouz. Compositions by Rahbani Brothers and Ziad
Rahbani. Re-arranged by Nai Barghouti.
'Mandira Hijaz'. Old Ottoman instrumental piece sung by Nai using Naistrumentation.
'Bi Ridak Ya Khaliqi' (With your Blessing My Creator). Originally sung by Egyptian legend
Umm Kulthum. Composed by Zakaria Ahmad, Lyrics by Bayram Al-Tunisi
'A Story About Jerusalem'. Composed by Khalil Khoury
'Autumn Leaves' (Bizakir Bil-Kharif). Composed by Joseph Kosema. Arabic lyrics by Ziad
'Ana Wil Azab' (Me and Agony). Composed by Mohammed Abdel Wahab, arranged by
Nai. Lyrics by Abd El Menaaem El Sebaay.
'Li Fairouz' (To Fairouz). Tribute to Lebanese legend Fairouz. Concierto de Aranjuez,
composed by Joaquin Rodrigo. Lyrics by Nai Barghouti based on the lyrics by Joseph
'Raj’een'. Composed by Nai Barghouti. Lyrics by Amer Hleihel
'Longa Hijaz Kar Kurd'. Composed by Sabouh Afandi, Ottoman folk instrumental sung by
Nai using Naistrumentation voice technique,
Encore: 'Bint al Shalabiya' (The Beautiful Girl). Old folk song of unknown origin sung in
many countries, popularized by Fairouz. Lyrics by Rahbani Brothers
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