The words of the Lebanese singer Magda Al-Roumi mixed with tears as she saluted the first concerts in the archaeological palace of the Qasr al-Qobba garden, after its use for decades had been limited to official events and receiving Egypt’s great guests.
Egypt intends to convert the palace, which was built between 1867 and 1872 during the reign of Khedive Ismail, into a cultural and artistic center in which major events will be held..
Despite the relatively high prices for attendance cards, the concert was filled yesterday evening with public figures, officials, artists and media figures who came to listen to the singer with a strong, melodious voice who was linked to their sentiments since she appeared on the cinema screen in the movie “The Return of the Prodigal Son” in the seventies of the last century..
Majida Al-Roumi appeared on the stage in a white embroidered dress, and told the audience before the start of the concert that Beirut will return and rise, as it is “not the first time that we have fallen, and it will not be the last,” referring to the bombing of Beirut port last August that killed about 200 people. , And the subsequent crisis of the political situation in Lebanon.
The singer began the ceremony with the song “Ala Bab Masr”, which Umm Kulthum sang, and its lyrics were written by Kamel Al-Shenawi and composed by Muhammad Abdel-Wahhab..
It also presented the song “Long Ma Amli With Me and With Weapon Hands” written by the brothers Assi and Mansour Rahbani after the June 1967 defeat, composed by Abdel Wahab and sung by Abdel Halim Hafez during the insistence on getting out of defeat with the weapon of hope..
Among the melodies and singing of Abdel Wahab as well, and the poetry of the Rahbani brothers, she sang, “Sawaed From My Country Achieves the Impossible”.
Greetings to Egypt, Magda El Roumi presented a new song composed by the Lebanese artist Marwan Khoury entitled “Oh Good Evening, Egypt”.
And when she reached the song “Ya Beirut .. The City of the World, O Beirut,” whose lyrics were written by the late Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani, she could not hold back the tears that poured down grief on her homeland..
Magda Al-Roumi’s voice transmitted between the melodies of her father, the late musician Halim Al-Roumi, discovering Mrs. Fairouz, and the melodies of Gamal Salama, Kamal Al-Tawil, Ihssan Al-Mundhir, Nour Al-Mallah and Marwan Khoury with the Cairo Philharmonic Orchestra led by Maestro Nader Abbasi, who was accompanied by a hundred musicians from Egypt and Lebanon.
In a nod to the upcoming event organized by Egypt today and watched by millions around the world by transferring 22 royal mummies from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, she said: “A reel with the mummies procession, history will bend to Egypt in respect of its great history, Egypt has given history great lessons in civilization.” .
The Lebanese singer arrived in Cairo on March 25, and was met with a great welcome from her fans at the airport, before preparations for the concert were made for days with the band..
– Al Bayan Newspaper (@AlBayanNews) April 3, 2021