Abdel Karim Shaar

Abdel Karim Shaar

Curated by Jerusalem In My Heart

Lebanese legend Abdel Karim Shaar is the last of his generation still performing classical ‘Tarab’ repertoire: a musical form that expresses a state of emotional transition. Shaar developed his vocal talent as muezzin in a mosque as well as in a Christian church choir. The singer is known for performances that both challenge himself and the audience in a deep-rooted emotional exchange, which often entails two to three hours of improvisation around one particular musical theme.

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