Musician brings Arabic music to region

Ajourney of epic proportions, Zuhir Naji: From Damascus to Adelaide celebrates the ancient traditions of the Middle East through oud, voice, and percussion.

Performing traditional, original, and popular Arabic songs that speak of love, place, life, and learning, this performance will mesmerise and enchant the listener.

Zuhir Naji is a remarkable oud player and singer, whose passion for music shines strongly at his very first note.

Before moving to Adelaide in 2016, he lived in Damascus, Syria, where he ran a music school.

In Australia, he has performed at festivals and events including Woodford Folk Festival and OzAsia Festival.

“I am looking forward to coming to Naracoorte and Mount Gambier to share with you all the music that is so special to me,” he said.

“These popular Arabic songs speak of love, place, life, and learning, and it will be a joy to connect with South Australian audiences.

“I am especially looking forward to sharing the song I wrote and composed titled Thank You Australia.”

Zuhir’s aim is to share Arabic music, both traditional and his own original compositions, with all Australians, and audiences will be delighted and compelled by his uplifting performances.

He will be joined in this performance by Saleh al Mansoor on percussion.

Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre manager Frank Morello said it was a privilege to present Zuhir Naji’s music to audiences across the Limestone Coast.

“We’re looking forward to hearing the sounds of Syria echo though the theatre, and sharing this rich musical experience with our community,” Mr Morello said.

“World music is a true delight in that it transcends language and cultural barriers to inspire, connect and promote a deeper sense of understanding.”

There will be an Arabic translator present at each performance.

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