By Ahlam Ben Saga
By Ahlam Ben Saga
Rabat-The serene voice of the soprano Majida Roumi will resonate through Rabat’s Mohammed V Theater, as the Lebanese diva will perform at the 17th edition of Mawazine Festival Rhythm of the World on Thursday, June 28.
For the third time, after her glorious performances in Mawazine Festival in 2010 and 2015, the soprano starlet of the Arab World, Majida El Roumi Baradhy, better known as “Majida Roumi,” will perform in the annual 17th edition of one of the largest festivals in the world, Mawazine in Rabat.
Born in 1957 in Lebanon, the daughter of Lebanese Musician Halim El Roumi Majida Roumi is considered “the last diva worthy of the name” in the Arab music industry.
At the age of 16, Roumi began to attract attention following her appearance in the talent show “Studio El Fan” in 1974.
Roumi’s vocals range from three chest octaves to three head octaves, considered among the extraordinary Arab voices.
Roumi released her first single under the name “Am Behlamak” (I am dreaming of you) in 1975 and first album titled Wadaa (Farewell) in 1976. Her music has been received with immense success ever since.
A graduate in Arabic literature, Roumi sings romantic and patriotic poetry written by prestigious Arab poets like Saudi Al Nasser, Lebanese poet Nizar Francis and Syrian Nizar Qabbani, who penned the poem “Kalimat”–one of Roumi’s timeless songs.
Roumi was named a UN Goodwill Ambassador in 2001. She is also the UN’s Honorary Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization against famine in the Arab world.
For the 17th edition, Mawazine Festival has already renewed its annual promise of some of the brightest international stars: Bruno Mars, who recently won album, record, and song of the year at the 2018 Grammys.
Established in 2001, Mawazine ushers in both local and international artists to create one rhythm of the world.