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Taylor Glascock for The New York Tim

Arab popular pop music

20 Dec, 2013 

A year ago, Mohammed Assaf was a 23-year-old wedding singer in a Gaza refugee camp. But since he won the “Arab Idol” singing competition in June, in front of more than 100 million viewers, he has become something of a pop superstar in the Arab world.

 

“His music resonates with a lot of people in the Middle East, because there’s a starvation for Arab content,” said Abbas Zuaiter, a board member of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture who lives in Greenwich, Conn. “They see a lot of the past and a lot of the future in this young man.”

 

Read the full article by Lindsay Crouse, published in The New York Times on December 18, 2013.


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