The singer and qanun player join forces for a globe-trotting performance showcasing their ability to create something wholly new from diverse musical influences.
Nai Barghouti is a phenomenon: a Palestinian singer, composer and flute player who launched her career aged only 14. In the first of two concerts at The Hub, Barghouti is joined by award-winning qanun player Khalil Khoury, who is building a reputation as one of the new generation’s most versatile and creative Palestinian musicians, admired for his extraordinary sensibility and musicality.
Barghouti combines impeccable skill with a sense of musical adventure. She infuses her music with an eclectic range of influences, mixing jazz and blues elements with Middle Eastern idioms. Similarly, Khalil is constantly searching for new forms of expression to appeal to listeners around the world. The unique and captivating sound he creates has a rich rhythmical vocabulary, combining with his heartfelt melodies to provide a perfect counterpoint to Nai Barghouti’s rich and expressive voice.
Her refreshing take on timeless classics left the audience in a musical trance
Ahram Online on Nai Barghouti
The Hub Series is supported by Sir Ewan and Lady Brown together with Flure Grossart
Khalil Khoury Qanun
'A’n Insan' (About a Human). Originally by Palestinian band Sabreen and Kamilia Jubran.
Composed by Said Murad, Lyrics by Mahmoud Darwish.
'Fakkir Bi Ghayrika' (Think of Others). Composed by Nai Barghouti, Lyrics by Mahmoud
'Ya Mariam' (Oh Mary). Ancient Eastern Christian hymn about the Virgin Mary.
'Ana Wil Azab (Me and Agony). Composed by Mohammed Abdel Wahab, arranged by
Nai. Lyrics by Abd El Menaaem El Sebaay.
'Longa Riad'. Composed by Riad Al-Sunbati. Instrumental piece sung by Nai using
Naistrumentation voice technique
'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
'Tribute to JS Bach'. Naistrumentation.
'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
'Khalil’s Piece'. Composed by Khalil Khoury
'Mandira Hijaz'. Old Ottoman instrumental piece sung by Nai using Naistrumentation.