Katara, the Cultural Village, welcomed artists to Katara yesterday ahead of the opening of the five day Anasheed Festival. World-famous performer Maher Zain (pictured) officially launched the festival with a performance of songs from his album “Thank you Allah” in Arabic, English, Urdu and Turkish.
The five day festival continues tonight with a performance by Macedonian vocalist Mesut Kurtis, who will perform music from his album “Beloved,” hailed as one of the most important albums of religious music. The show will be followed by an exclusive duet with Maher Zain who will join Mesut Kurtis in a unique fusion. Performances by eight renowned artists including Mishari Al Afasy, Ahmed Bu Khater, Sameer Al Bashiri, Osama Al Safy, Humoud Al khuder and Ameen Hameem will take place during the festival.
Dr. Emad Sultan, Director of Cultural Affairs in Katara said, “We are very pleased we were able to bring together some of the most influential singers in the world to perform in Qatar for this unique festival.”
“This festival highlights the traditions of Arab and Islamic countries, uniting cultures from across the world. The event reflects precisely Katara’s mission in Qatar: to educate and entertain whilst building cultural bridges,” he added.
Popular children’s performer Toyor AlJanah will perform a variety of children’s anasheed at a matinee show at 4:30pm, Tuesday 17th July, Drama Theatre, Building 16. The famed Mishari Al Afasy will recite Qur’an and various religious songs at 8:30pm on the same night.
The Anasheed festival continues until July 19th with concerts every day from 8:30 pm at the Opera House in Building 16, Katara. Tickets are available at Virgin Megastores and www.katara.net.
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