Peki’in oud player and vocalist Samir Makhoul is a favorite guest of the Oud Festival. His new performance presents a fresh and intimate version of a medley of Nazareth songs, aghani nasrawiya. In the past, Nazareth was a way station between the capitals Damascus, Beirut and Cairo. As such, original texts by locals were set to Syrian and Egyptian songs and melodies, becoming the folklore of Nazareth, the largest Arab city of the region. These popular folksongs are engraved in the collective memory of the inhabitants of Nazareth and the Galilee, as mainstays of weddings and family celebrations.
Samir Makhoul, oud, vocals; Ramzi Basharat, percussion
Samir Makhoul. Photo: Johannis Sining
Ramzy Bisharat. Photo: Noel Husri