BYBLOS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2011

With the beginning of every summer, we gather at Byblos, this ancient city that has given its name to the Holy Bible, educated mankind, proclaimed civilization and spread alphabet and knowledge in the whole world.

The new play we will be presenting this season at the opening of Byblos International festival is inspired by the most renowned novel in the world: “Don Quixote” by Cervantes:  a Literary wonder that achieved international fame just like the “Iliad” by Homer, the “Divine Comedy” by Dante, “Faust” by Goethe, and “Romeo and Juliet” By Shakespeare. And if we wanted to sum up this novel with one word, it would be “Sarcasm”, as it is the most sarcastic and satirical novel in western literature. Yet, stories that make people laugh make them weep too.

Why “ Don Quixote” ? … And why today?

Because it is the time to dream, and what is a dream but a representation of truth and reality. “Don Quixote” or “Don Assaad Quixote” as he is named in the play, tried to sow dreams of change in the minds and spirits of his people; but he came up against a sad and ugly truth: some societies do not desire to change, and latch onto their diseases, hungering for corruption and following their leaders’ whims.

“Don Quixote” is a play that verges on dreams and fantasy, and that is presented with a revolutionary vision.

We set off from our environment, our country, and our reality to travel through a story that sheds light on corruption and injustice through an errant knight in love with his imaginary Dulcinea, whom he reverts back to purity after society had corrupted her.

And here is the shameful equation: who is the victim and who is the oppressor, the people or the rulers? At times, they are both partners in crime.

We have taken the essence of the story and presented it in a play, which we introduced to you the general guidelines, leaving the details and dramatic an comic incidents for the performance.

With a new vision in direction, great production, dramatic script and lyrics, and dazzling composition and performance, this play will come to life with a high tech mobile décor, futuristic costumes, captivating choreography, and elite artists.

The concept and music are signed by Oussama Rahbani, the book and lyrics by Ghadi Rahbani, the direction by Marwan Rahbani, and the production by Byblos International Festival and Oussama Rahbani.

We hope “Don Quixote” will be a new and innovative version of the novel that has taught generation after generation,

The first generation met “Don Quixote” with laughter.

The second met it with a smile.

The third met it with tears.

We hope that our people meet it with a pinch of conscience, to change the inhuman and unjust situations prevailing in our modern society.

1. DON QUIXOTE:


DON QUIXOTE :A MUSICAL PLAY BY MARWAN, GHADI AND OUSSAMA RAHBANI

From Tuesday 28 June to Sunday 3 July – 8:30pm

Based on Cervantes’ literary masterpiece, Don Quixote is an epic musical play created by Marwan, Ghadi and Oussama Rahbani for the opening of Byblos 2011.

Don Quixote’s idealism clashes with Lebanese realities in this huge theatrical sensation starring Rafic Ali Ahmad, Hiba Tawaji and Pierre Chamassian.

2.MOBY:


Tuesday 5 July – 8:30pm

http://www.moby.com

http://www.myspace.com/moby

With over 20 million albums sold worldwide and hundreds of commercials and films using his songs, Moby is widely acclaimed as one of the most important figures in electronic music.

Pushing boundaries with his mix of ambient electronica, blues, and rock, he is set to deliver an explosive live performance.

BIOGRAPHY

Richard Melville Hall was born in New York City on September 11 1965. His middle name and the nickname “Moby” were given to him by his parents because of an ancestral relationship to “Moby Dick” author, Herman Melville. He started making music when he was 9 years old, playing classical guitar and studying music theory. During his teens, he played in various hardcore punk or post-punk local bands. He later dropped out of University where he was studying philosophy and started DJ’ing: he became a fixture in the late 80′s New York house and hip-hop scenes.

In 1991, Moby released his first single “Go”, a progressive house track using the string line from “Laura Palmer’s Theme” from the TV drama Twin Peaks. Listed as one of Rolling Stones best records of all time, it was his first breakthrough. He became a successful artist on the ambient electronic scene, and achieved eight top 40 singles during the 1990s bringing electronic dance music to a mainstream audience.

Moby released his first album, Everything Is Wrong, in 1995. It earned early critical praise (Spin magazine named it Album of The Year) and some commercial success. Disillusioned by the lack of feedback he was receiving from the music media who struggled to comprehend his new electronic music and refused to take it very seriously, Moby decided to release a punk rock album. Released in 1996, Animal Rights almost killed his career. The album’s aggressive sound not only left audiences cold but also confused people as to what kind of artist Moby really was.

In 1997, he released I Like to Score, a compilation album featuring electronic music that had appeared in various films released in the 1990s (James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies” and Michael Mann’s “Heat”…).

In 1999 he released the album Play, a mix of melancholic chill-out, ambient music, upbeat electronic, folk and blues, that was critically acclaimed and produced an impressive eight hit singles (including his most popular songs “Porcelain”, “Natural Blues” and “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?”). Play became a commercial success, selling over 10 million copies worldwide (the best-selling electronic album ever), with all its eighteen songs receiving an unprecedented licensing in films, television and commercial advertisements.

In 2002 Moby released the follow-up to Play, 18, which earned gold and platinum awards in over 30 countries, and sold more than four million copies.

In 2005 Moby released the album Hotel that spawned two of his biggest hits, “Lift Me Up” and “Slipping Away” and went on to earn gold and platinum awards in over twenty countries, with global sales of over two million copies. Instead of relying on samples for vocals, all of the vocals and instruments were performed live in the studio giving the album a modern rock flavor. He followed it in 2008 with Last Night, an eclectic album of electronic dance music inspired by a night out in New York.

Inspired by filmmaker David Lynch’s message at the 2008 BAFTA Awards (“creativity for its own sake is a beautiful, wonderful thing”), he recorded his next album largely by himself in his home studio. Released in 2009, Wait for Me is considered by fans and critics alike as one of his finest albums to date.

Moby’s tenth studio album, Destroyed, comes less than two years later, in May 2011. While he crafted portions of Destroyed at home, most of it was created during late nights on the road as he suffered from insomnia. Perhaps that’s why the album, in his words, sounds like “broken down melodic electronic music for empty cities at 2 a.m.”

Moby has also produced and remixed scores of other artists, including David Bowie, Gwen Stefani, Bono, Michael Stipe, the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, among others. He collaborated on two duets with the French singer Mylène Farmer (“Slipping Away (Crier La vie)” in 2006 and “Looking For My Name” in 2008) and produced 7 songs for her latest album Bleu Noir.

Moby has toured extensively, playing well over 3,000 concerts in his career and headlining major music festivals like Lollapalooza or Glastonbury. He will be coming to Byblos with a full band for a mind-blowing show that will include al

3.SCORPIONS:


Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July – 8:30pm

http://www.the-scorpions.com

One of the most successful rock bands ever, Scorpions have written the soundtrack to our lives. Hits like “Still Loving You” or “Wind of Change” have stood the test of time to become anthems of at least 3 generations.

These legends will play 2 mind-blowing concerts in Byblos as part of their sold-out farewell tour. They’ve still got the sting and they will “Rock you like a hurricane”!

BIOGRAPHY

Rudolf Schenker and Klaus Meine grew up separately but shared the same love for rock’n’roll. Thanks to the post-war environment in Germany and blessed with understanding parents, both boys started performing with their beat bands in the mid-1960s. Schenker started up the Scorpions in Hanover in 1965 drawing his inspiration from Pretty Things, Spooky Tooth, and The Yardbirds. In 1970, Schenker’s younger brother Michael left his band Copernicus and brought along his bandmate Meine to join Scorpions. It was then that Rudolf Schenker and Klaus Meine started their songwriting tandem, laying the foundations for a spectacular success story.

However, Michael Schenker left the band to take up the offer as lead guitarist for the British Band UFO. Rudolf Schenker called in Uli Roth to take Michael’s place for the latter leg of the tour. He and Meine then decided to join Roth’s band Dawn Road, which consisted of Francis Buchholz (bass), Achim Kirschning (keyboards), Jürgen Rosenthal (drums). The band’s name was changed to Scorpions because of their popularity on the German rock scene.

Scorpions went through a lot of changes and willingly accepted challenges that improved their stature in the rock scene, both in Germany and around the world. It was their first album, Lonesome Crow, which established their style that distinguished them from the rest of the rock bands across the world. Theirs was guitar-oriented rock, similar to Jimmy Hendrix and Led Zeppelin with outstanding guitar solos, powerful guitar riffs combined with Klaus Meine’s expressive voice. The release of their album Lonesome Crow laid the path of the band towards worldwide recognition. They achieved their ambition to be the top German rock band, with their fourth album Virgin Killer that won the “LP of the Year” award in 1976. Even when Ulrich Roth left the band following their phenomenal Japanese Tour, Scorpions still achieved great heights because of Rudolf Schenker and Klaus Meine’s solid friendship.

Hits like “Still Loving You”, “Holiday”, “Send Me an Angel”, “When You Came Into My Life”, “You and I”, and “Wind of Change” captured everyone’s hearts, including the non-rock enthusiasts. “Wind of Change” is the best-selling single by a German artist and one of the most phenomenal songs in history. Even though it rose to popularity in 1991, it is remembered as the song of German reunification (and the fall of communism) with lyrics celebrating the political and social changes in Eastern Europe after the Cold War.

In 2010, Scorpions proved they were still at the top of their game with their album Sting In The Tail, a return to form and to their characteristic sound. Selling over 100 million albums worldwide in a career spanning more than 40 years, these legends have decided to retire with a bang. Current members Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Matthias Jabs, Pawel Maciwoda, and James Kottak are on their farewell tour and have been playing to sold out venues all-around the world to huge critical and public acclaim.

They will be in Byblos this July for 2 memorable concerts where they will knock out their fans with a high-octane performance accompanied by a dazzling display of video pyrotechnics. Scorpions still got the sting!

4.Florent Pagny :

Saturday 9 July – 8:30pm

http://www.florentpagny.fr

http://www.florentpagny.org

One of France’s biggest selling artists, Florent Pagny is an outstanding singer with a repertoire ranging from rock to opera as well as French pop. His acoustic recital in Byblos will allow him to revisit the iconic songs of some of the greatest French singers (Piaf, Brel, Montand, Aznavour, Trenet, Brassens…) alongside a selection of his best-known songs.

BIOGRAPHY

Despite an unpredictable and often controversial career that included detours into opera, the chanson tradition, and feature films, Florent Pagny remains one of the biggest-selling recording artists in contemporary French pop for more than a quarter century.

Born into a modest working-class family on November 6, 1961, in Chalon-sur-Saône, Pagny spent the better part of his adolescence competing in local radio contests and amateur showcases. At 16 he quit school and relocated to Paris to pursue a career in music and theater, working a series of odd jobs before beginning vocal studies at the Conservatoire de Levallois-Perret. While moonlighting as a bartender Pagny befriended talent scout Dominique Besnehard. Smitten with Pagny’s wild, unkempt look, Besnehard helped him land roles in the features “La Balance” and Alain Corneau’s “Fort Saganne”, and the resulting attention also led to a record deal.

Pagny issued his debut single, “N’importe Quoi,” in 1987. The anti-drug anthem proved a blockbuster success, selling in excess of one million copies and rocketing its singer to overnight superstardom. With the 1988 release of the follow-up, “Laissez-Nous Respirer,” Pagny solidified his image as an icon of youth rebellion and angst, although his third single, “Comme D’Habitude,” unexpectedly resurrected Claude François’ variété classic.

Finally, in the spring of 1990 Florent Pagny issued his first full-length LP, Merci. However, his newfound fame was not always a bed of roses. The French press often judged him rather harshly, mocking his rebel image and criticizing his relationship with the young French pop star Vanessa Paradis. Pagny did not take these attacks from the press lying down, openly hitting back in his songs such as “Presse qui roule” (“Gutter Press”).

After a return to his movie career, Florent resumed his musical pursuits with 1992′s Réaliste, followed by Rester vrai in 1994. Blending variété with a newly modernized rock sensibility this album restored his commercial luster. A year later, the time was ripe for a best-of collection. Bienvenue chez moi (Welcome to My Place) featured all of his greatest hits as well as three new songs (including a brilliant cover of the Italian singer Lucio Dalla’s operatic hit “Caruso”). The album proved a phenomenal success, selling over 1,500,000 copies within a few months.

After playing sold-out venues in support of this compilation, Pagny released Savoir Aimer in October 1997. The title track rocketed straight to the n°1 spot in the French charts only a week after its release and Pagny went on to win Best Male Artist of the Year at the 1998 “Victoires de la Musique” awards. Following the phenomenal success of the single, the album went on to sell an incredible 1.4 million copies and Florent established himself as one of the most popular stars on the French music scene.

The sole French representative included at Luciano Pavarotti’s all-star international charity concert in June 1998, Pagny returned to chart prominence later that year with the Erick Benzi-penned “Dors.” In late 1999, he again defied conventional wisdom with Recréation, a collection of covers drawn from the French chanson idiom.

Splitting his time between France and Southern Argentina (the country of his partner Azucena), Florent Pagny continued releasing several albums in quick succession: Châtelet Les Halles in 2000 followed by 2, an album of duets in 2001.

In 2003, he returned with a new look and a new album entitled Ailleurs Land. Clad in a Poncho, wearing blond dreadlocks and groovy sunglasses Pagny declared his independence from the system with the first single, “Ma Liberté de Penser” (Freedom of Thought). This huge hit sent his album to the top of the charts.

At the beginning of 2004, Pagny’s popularity took a downward turn after he was prosecuted for tax evasion. However, he made a comeback on the recording front later that year with the release of a new album, Baryton. As the title suggests, this album found the singer indulging his passion for opera and operetta (as he had on his cover of Caruso in 1996). Pagny took a huge risk, moving from pop to opera in one fell swoop, but Baryton proved to be an impressive chart-topper, selling over 700,000 copies. Following this success, he took the show on an extensive tour of France, performing with a full classical orchestra. A live CD and DVD of his “Spectacle Baryton” were released at the end of the year.

After a career spanning almost 20 years, Florent Pagny had established himself as a truly unique performer. In April 2006, he returned to the forefront of the French music scene with “Abracadabra”, a new album in a ‘chanson’ vein. His new sober, pared-down style certainly proved a hit with fans – within a few days of its release, it ranked amongst the best-selling albums in France.

Determined to tackle a challenging repertoire, in 2007 Florent Pagny released an album of Jacques Brel covers, Pagny chante Brel and started working on C’est comme ça, an album in Spanish, despite its French title. He released it in 2009 and went back on the road for a series of concerts in France from January to August 2010, including two dates at the Zénith in March.

At the end of 2010 Florent Pagny returned with a new album entitled Tout en son contraire written and composed by some of his old accomplices, like Calogero, Daran, Obispo as well as some new partners like Marc Lavoine or Grégoire.

Pagny chose blatant self-mockery to promote the album. Huge posters went up in major French towns proclaiming in French: “If you don’t like Florent Pagny I understand, because there are times when I too feel like giving myself a punch.” The sentence is actually a line from the album’s first single, “Si tu n’aimes pas Florent Pagny…” Vincent Baguian had written the lyrics five years earlier, but it had taken Pagny some time to be ready for them.

At nearly 50, the unpredictable rebel with the golden voice is back on tour. Backed by a grand piano and a double bass he’s been offering fans intimate acoustic moments in some of Europe’s most beautiful venues. He will wrap it up in Byblos on July 9 with a fantastic recital under the stars.

5.Jamie Cullum :


Tuesday 12 July – 8:30pm

http://www.jamiecullum.com/

http://www.myspace.com/jamiecullum

 

Pianist, crooner and accomplished showman, Jamie Cullum is a one-man variety performance all of his own.

Accompanied by a full band, the UK’s biggest-selling jazz-artist of all time will be taking Byblos by storm with his countless revisions of pop and rock staples, high-octane renditions of jazz standards and a growing number of his own hits.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Although primarily a jazz musician, Jamie Cullum performs in a wide range of styles and is generally regarded as a “crossover” artist with his musical roots firmly based in jazz. Since his 2003 album Twentysomething he is the UK’s biggest-selling jazz-artist.

The singer-songwriter’s albums Pointless Nostalgic, Twentysomething, Catching Tales and The Pursuit have sold over 5 million copies worldwide. With a Grammy, two Golden Globe and several BRIT nominations under his belt, Cullum’s success is truly international, taking him from Seoul to Sao Paolo, Fuji Rock to Glastonbury, The Hollywood Bowl to the Royal Albert Hall, London. From Melbourne to Memphis and across the USA where he has achieved huge success collaborating with Clint Eastwood on the Golden Globe nominated score for ‘Gran Torino’.

Jamie Cullum has written for the London West End Stage (When Harry Met Sally), and for the BBC TV series ‘After You’ve Gone’. He has hosted several documentaries for BBC Radio 2 featuring such eminent subjects as Blue Note Records, Herbie Hancock, Jimi Hendrix, and Quincy Jones and currently presents his own weekly prime time evening show for BBC Radio 2, the most highly rated station in the UK.

Jamie Cullum is an artist deserving of superlatives but more complex than a simple set of adjectives can depict. If you know him as “just” a jazz musician or from his strikingly creative way with cover versions (among them, Radiohead’s “High & Dry” and Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop The Music”) you’re just familiar with the tip of the iceberg.

Jamie has performed work by Kanye West, Massive Attack, Pharrell, Pussycat Dolls, The White Stripes, Gnarls Barkley, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Joy Division, Lady Gaga, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Buckley and many others.

Writing personal arrangements for some of the best-known standards (“Cry Me A River”, “I get a kick out of you”, “Just One Of Those Things”), the singer/pianist once billed “Sinatra in sneakers” is difficult to categorize nowadays: the pop outweighs the jazz, the vocals are less Ol’ Blue Eyes, more rhythm ‘n’ blues, the piano more Jerry Lee Lewis than Oscar Peterson.

But what has never changed is his sheer showmanship and charisma. Jamie Cullum may no longer be a twentysomething kid but he still has the exuberance of one, playing concerts for well over two hours. These gigs are largely improvised, rooted in jazz but not solely consisting of jazz music. His very personal mix of standards, contemporary tunes and ballads will have you tapping your feet and swinging all night long.

6.Thirsty seconds to Mars :

Saturday 16 July  – 8:30pm

http://www.myspace.com/thirtysecondstomars

Brace yourself and hold your breath: 30 Seconds to Mars – one of the hottest alternative rock bands on the planet – will be in Byblos for one amazing show!

After rocking packed arenas around the world, the award-winning American band will electrify their fans with some of the biggest hits of the last few years: “Closer To The Edge”, “The Kill”, “Hurricane” and many more!

BIOGRAPHY

Formed by Jared and Shannon Leto in 1998, 30 Seconds to Mars has gone from small family project to international sensation in less than a decade. Jared is the band’s lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and songwriter while his brother Shannon is the band’s drummer. Since bassist Matt Wachter’s departure in 2007, 30 Seconds to Mars have been a 3-piece with Tomo Miličević on lead guitar and keyboards.

The name 30 Seconds to Mars was inspired by a thesis written by a Harvard professor. In one of its subsections titled “Thirty seconds to Mars”, he explains the exponential growth of technology and how it relates to humans. The band felt this phrase best described their music.

30 Seconds to Mars’ first self-titled album was produced by Bob Ezrin and released in 2002 to critical acclaim. A concept album focusing on human struggle and self-determination, it established the group as a fresh, new force and produced two singles, “Capricorn (A Brand New Name)” and “Edge of the Earth”.

Three years after its follow-up, A Beautiful Lie is released, an emotional album based around the concept of change. Frontman Jared Leto wanted to explore a new, more confessional sonic landscape: the lyrics became more personal and the music more intense. The album went platinum in the US and the UK and achieved gold status in Australia, Canada and Germany. It produced several singles, including two Top 10 modern rock hits (“The Kill” and “From Yesterday”). A Beautiful Lie officially “opened the floodgates” and secured the band a frequent presence on MTV while paving the way for a number of successful tours.

Because it was leaked 5 months before its release, the band decided to include two bonus tracks on the final version: “Battle of One” and “Hunter”. To further promote the album, they also enclosed “Golden Passes” in a select number of copies, which grant their owners access to any 30 Seconds to Mars concert free of charge, along with backstage access.

The band released This Is War in December 2009. Produced by Flood and Steve Lilywhite, two of the most influential producers in the world, this album is a major leap forward for 30 Seconds to Mars, one that cements the trio’s coming of age as a world-class arena-crushing rock band.

The band has a passionate and intense fan following. They phone local radio stations to request songs, put up posters, vote for the band in official award nominations and maintain magazines or websites dedicated to them. 30 Seconds to Mars implicated them even more on this latest album. For example, This Is War features 2,000 different album covers featuring individual photos of fans from around the world. The band asked fans to submit pictures of themselves, and then selected the 2,000 best images. They were then used as covers for the album itself and shipped randomly to stores around the world!

They also launched a huge recording experiment and allowed their fans to be a part of the album. During these Summits, they recorded their sounds and vocals in various locations around the world. Those unable to attend these sessions were also able to submit their contributions via the Internet. These recordings are found on songs throughout the album!

Voted ‘Best International Band’ at the 2010 Kerrang awards, 30 Seconds to Mars hasn’t stopped touring since the release of this album. They’ve already been to some of the biggest festivals (Roskilde, Pinkpop, Lollapalooza) and will swing by Byblos before heading off to Reading and Leeds as well as a number of other venues later this summer.

For these sensational artists, it’s all about connecting with their audience. Knowing the intensity of their Lebanese base, the July 16 concert will be nothing short of mind-blowing both sonically and visually.

7.Amadou et Mariam :



Wednesday 20 July – 8:30pm

http://www.amadou-mariam.com/

http://www.myspace.com/amadouandmariam

The best-selling act to come out of Africa this century, Amadou & Mariam have collaborated with the world’s biggest artists (Manu Chao, Damon Albarn…) both onstage and in the studio.

“The blind couple from Mali” – as they are also known – will win you over with their “Afro-blues”, a perfect blend of catchy pop tunes, rock guitar and African rhythms!

BIOGRAPHY

Welcome to the world of Amadou & Mariam, a sphere that now stretches from the dusty streets of Bamako to playing the mainstage at Glastonbury, and from the timeless traditions of Mali to playing the official FIFA World Cup Opening Concert in Johannesburg last summer.

Along the way they have performed with the likes of Damon Albarn, Manu Chao and the Scissor Sisters and have been enthusiastically embraced by Western rock fans. One minute they’re touring the US with Coldplay and the next minute, Pink Floyd guitar legend David Gilmour is sitting in with them on stage in London for a charity event. They recently played the Nobel Peace Prize concert in honour of Barack Obama, and were selected by Matt Groening (of The Simpson’s fame) to perform at his “All Tomorrow’s Parties” 2010 edition. All this has been achieved while remaining true to their roots and without compromising their authenticity. Their unique mix of unforgettable pop melodies and contagious rhythms, driven by Amadou’s bluesy electric guitar and the compelling interplay of their two voices, has its roots deeply planted in Africa. It’s easy to understand why some have dubbed Amadou & Mariam “the magic couple”. Yet in truth their achievements are down to a combination of craft and graft rather than supernatural charms.

Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia both grew up in Mali. By the age of six Mariam had gone blind, a disadvantage that did not prevent her from becoming famous in her community as a singer at weddings and other traditional ceremonies. Amadou also lost his eyesight in childhood but was fascinated by music, first playing percussion and then taking up the guitar. They met in 1977 while attending the Institute for Young Blind in Bamako.

Influenced by the records of Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd as well as traditional African music, Amadou attended blind school by day but by night played guitar in the Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako, one of West Africa’s most legendary bands. He also began working in the institute’s own band with Mariam, who cites her influences as including James Brown, Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd alongside the great traditional female djelis of Malian song.

Defying the advice of the school authorities who felt their union could never work, they became a couple, both romantically and musically. On leaving the school in 1983, they began working as a duo. But there was no music industry in Mali, so they moved to Côte d’Ivoire.

Amadou and Mariam used Abidjan as a base to tour and expand their fame all over West Africa and recorded four cassettes that were released in the early nineties. In 1996, during a short residency in Paris, they met Marc-Antoine Moreau who secured them a record deal and has been managing them since then. Sou Ni Tile, their first album recorded outside Africa, appeared in 1998, and its first single “Je Pense A Toi” became a French radio hit. It was followed by two further albums, Tje ni Mousso (1999) and Wati (2002).

At this point enter Manu Chao. Having fallen in love with Amadou & Mariam’s music, he enthusiastically joined them on 2005′s Dimanche à Bamako, as producer and collaborator. This album propelled Amadou & Mariam high into the French charts and became one of the best-selling African albums of all time, winning them both a prestigious Les Victoires de la Musique award (the French equivalent of the Grammys) and two BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music.

It also presented Amadou & Mariam with fresh opportunities to tour the globe. They went from playing WOMAD to appearing at Coachella and Lollapalooza festivals in the US. They also performed at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Germany 2006.

In 2008, they released Welcome to Mali to rave reviews. This time, new collaborators came on board: Somalian rapper K’Naan, Keziah Jones, Mathieu Chedid and Damon Albarn who also took them on tour with his Africa Express project and asked them to support his band Blur during their huge Hyde Park comeback concert.

Amadou and Mariam have spent the last few years playing the world’s biggest venues, be it performing alongside Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour at a benefit concert or opening for two of rock’s biggest stadium-fillers: Coldplay and U2!

They will be in Byblos this summer for a wild night of singing and dancing that will leave you breathless. The perfect blend of catchy pop tunes, African rhythms and blues.

8.Les mysteres lyriques :


Friday 22 July – 8:30pm

Les Mystères Lyriques is a playful and interactive introduction to Opera that uses the magical world of tarots and its symbols as a backdrop to present a selection of arias by Mozart, Handel, Offenbach and Ravel among others.

With an Italian-Lebanese cast (Samar Salamé, Fady Jeanbart and Fabrice Di Falco), this innovative production will be led by Master of Ceremony Gianni De Feo and accompanied by a full orchestra.



 

 

 

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