As part of its ongoing online offerings, MARSM UK is inviting music fans to take a closer look at one of the Middle East’s most accomplished and revered musicians, the legendary Marcel Khalife.
Originally released in 2004, Voyageur, is essentially a retrospective of the Lebanese musician, which touches on a range of different elements in its two hour-plus running time. Beyond his music and the swooning of audiences around the world, the documentary digs deeper and also addresses politics, religion and social changes in the context of Lebanon’s 2002-2004 unrest. Along the way, the likes of Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish, appear, while novelists and commentators, Elias Khoury and May Mnassa, provide analysis
The stream comes off the back of Cairo Jazz Man, which the platform stream in June, and it also coincides with Khalife’s 70th birthday. With MARSM’s events off the table, the platform – which works to promote Arab music in the UK – has shifted things online. Some of its other content includes ‘Artist of the Month’ features and playlists and a podcast named The Elevator Music.
Voyageur is available until July 20th in both English and French subtitles on the MARSM website and YouTube channel.
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