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Itar Shameh perform in Damascus

June 30th, 2009 · No Comments · Culture


The sweet sounds of Rasha Rizk played out across Tishreen Park on another hot Damascene summer night last week.

Rasha Rizk is the lead singer of a young Syrian duet called Itar Shameh – a guitar-based Arab rock/jazz couple. But this is no ordinary duo – Rasha is married to her co-star Ibrahim Suleimany.

They launched their first album, Baitna, in Mustafa Ali’s gallery two years ago, and last Thursday they played songs from the record. But it didn’t all go according to plan. After a one and a half hour delay, they started their first song to riotious applause and cheers – and then there was a power cut.

Minutes later they were back on stage and sung into the evening.

There are more concerts throughout the summer in Tishreen Park – the hghlight is this Thursday, when Lena Chamamyan is performing.


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