Festival of Arabic Music and Arts Presents…
Concert Date: Oct 26, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Living Arts Centre- Hammerson Hall
Tickets: $68.00 – $226.00 (HST included, service fees extra)
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Marwan Khoury, is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, and composer, and he is considered to be one of the most respected Lebanese and Arab artists. His works have been nationally and globally recognized with worldwide track adaptations in many different languages. He has performed in prestigious venues such as the Opera House of Egypt and Carthage in Tunisia.
In 1986, he enrolled at the “Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik” (USEK) where he studied Piano, Musicology and Music History. During his years of study, Marwan received many prizes including Best Composer; an award presented by the President of the Lebanese Republic.
Marwan started his career as a keyboard player and music conductor.
Later in 1987, he produced his first album “Kasak Habibi”. In 1996, he released his first single “Fik Yamma Balak”, a song which quickly established him wide recognition as a very talented singer, promising songwriter and composer as well. But not till 1999 did his career as a songwriter and composer take off like a storm when he composed the hit singles “Tia” (تيّا) and “Dalouna” (الدلعونا), followed by “Az Al Habayeb” (عز الحبايب) and many others to follow.
When 2001 came along, Marwan launched his second album “Khayal Al Omer” with “Relax-In”; an album solely written and composed by Marwan, setting the standard for all of his albums to come. From its first release, the album was a success and highly praised by critics and listeners as well. In the very next year, he shot his first music video “Ya Shog”.
In 2004, he landed a five-year contract with the Label Company “Rotana” and released his first mega-hit album “Kil Al Asayed”. It was a bestselling album and its songs dominated the charts for many months. This success was followed by other similar success stories with the following albums “Asr Al Shoo” in 2006, “Ana Willeil” in 2008 and “Rajiine” in 2010.
Furthermore, his success as a singer has been due to the fact that some famous artists have made the charts by using Marwan’s renditions and among them are; Majida Al Roumi: “Ahoubouka Jeddan” and “Ghanny Lelhob”, Carole Samaha: “Italaa Fiyi” and “Khalik Behalak”. Asala Nasri: “Alamtney”, Jad Nakhla: “Moghram”, Fadel Shaker: “Ma’oul”, “Nar El Shog” and “El A’am El Jadid”, Elissa: “Betmoun”, “Salimli Aleh”, “Kermalak”, and “Law”. Rida: “Ghmartini Blotfek”. Abdulmajeed Abdallah: “Samaani Ghiniyeh”, Chab Mami: “Elli Beina Intaha” and “An El Awan”, Warda: “Amal”, Fares Karam: “Lawlak Ya Lebnan”
Marwan Khoury participated in the most prestigious concerts and festivals in Lebanon and the Arab world and following are some of them:
In 2008 in Tunis, he toured all major international festivals including “Carthage”, “El Hamamat”, “Bizerte”, “Sousse”, “Sfax” “Gafsa”, “Grbah”, “Mahdia”, “El Jem”, “Hamam Linv”, and “Monastir”.
In 2008 he also performed in the International Festival of Algeria.
In 2010, he was the lead singer for the Orient Music Express in Morocco supporting people with leukaemia and Children’s cancer hospital.
In 2011, he participated in the Mediterranean festival in Al-Natour, Morocco.
In 2012, he opened the Mawazine international festival with Karima Skalli.
In 2014, he re-toured all the Tunisian Festivals.
In 2014, he performed in “Joharah” festival of Morocco.
In 2016 & 2017, Opera House of Egypt.
In 2017, Ghalboun International Festival.
As though singing, writing and composing were not enough for Marwan, in 2017, he signed a full season contract with Al Araby TV Network to host a TV Music Show titled “Tarab with Marwan Khoury” where he performed all the Classic Arabic songs with a selected list of Arab guests stars. The show was aired through 2017 and 2018 and from its debut it was a sensational hit. A new second season is expected to be released in late 2018.
Throughout his career, Marwan has been nominated and awarded many prestigious awards for Best Song, Best Album, and Best Singer. He has twice been awarded the Murex D’Or. First in 2003, as best Composer and in 2004 as Best Multi-Talented Artist (singer, composer, music video, song and album). He was also awarded a Murex D’Or for the Duet “Ya Rab” and Elissa’s “Betmoun”.
His albums are all bestselling. His songs have been performed by him and by other stars, and they have topped the charts.
This event is in partnership with the Living Arts Centre (LAC) Mississauga