Amchit Festival 2016
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Chehade Brothers: Born in the mid-1970s and raised in the old City of Jerusalem in a milieu well-influenced by traditional music and poetry, Farid and Rami Chehade soon soaked up the arts of Levantine music and singing in their different forms including “zajal”, “ghazal”, “hija”, “taqsim”… Both brothers grew to be remarkable musicians, playing all of the typical Arabian instruments, from the melodic range including oud, buzuq, qanoun, kamanjeh and nay to the rhythmic array counting -among others- tabla, katem and riq.
In the late 1990s they moved to Lebanon to join the cultural breeding ground of avant-garde producer Michel Elefteriades, who has since been conducting their musical journey. In 2005, they were nominated for two BBC Awards for World Music, their reputation had them participate in major concerts and festivals around the world.
Toni Hanna: "Tony Hanna is a Lebanese singer born and raised in a small village in the Lebanese mountains. Later, Tony Hanna moved to London, England where he spent five years and then to the Detroit where he stayed for 20 years. Finally he went back to his native village.
Tony Hanna’s talent became evident in the early seventies. As soon as he launched his singing career, he turned to a best seller artist and a singer with a special life style and look. He was nicknamed by a British journalist “Lebanese Dali” because of his moustache.
Tony Hanna was accompanied by professional «dabke» dancers (traditional mid eastern dance). His lovely songs and charisma took him to all the capitals of the Arab world, US cities, as well as to Paris, London, Australia, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentine…
At the peak of his career, Tony Hanna gave up stages overnight creating that way one of the biggest mysteries of showbiz."