Songs long sung: Omanis bring our past to the present

Energy Saturday 02/February/2019 20:57 PM
By: Times News Service
Songs long sung: Omanis bring our past to the present

Muscat: A performance by Omani singers Mosalm Kehood and Munthr Al Junaibi at the main theatre of Al Naseem Park, one of the two major venues of the Muscat Festival, witnessed a huge turnout.
While Kehood starred in his songs, which included Bedouin, folklore and Yemeni songs, Al Junaibi enraptured the audience with a number of songs, including Reef Al Nodi, Mawrad Al Khad and Ya Qamar.
Kehood said, “I grew up in a family that has a long history in art and poetry; my father was a poet.”
He added, “My artistic career was a result of a lot of effort, where I started through school and private concerts, which refined my singing and played a prominent role in my development in this field. I launched my first album in 2004,followed by a number of lyrical albums.”
“I participated in a number of national and official festivals and concerts inside and outside the Sultanate. I am currently a singer at the Oman Centre for Traditional Music at the Sultan Qaboos Centre for Culture and Science at the Royal Court,” he continued.
He pointed out that he recorded a song on the awareness of drugs in cooperation with the National Committee for Youth and is currently recording a new emotional song based on the words of the poet Abdel Moneim Amri and composed by Dr. Abdulrab Idris.
Al Junaibi said, “I started my career in the field of art and singing in 2012 through Bedouin chants that express the love of the homeland and the heritage of Oman. Then, I recorded ‘Whainak’ [where are you] in 2013, which was appreciated by the Omani audience.”
He also participated in a number of events in GCC countries such as the Al Wathba Festival in Abu Dhabi and the Umm Al-Emirat Festival in Al Ain and participated in the Al-Shala competition at the Sama Dubai Channel.