The UNESCO Artist for Peace

Marcel Khalife


In Los Angeles

Saturday,13 October 2007

8:00PM (doors open at 7 pm)

Wilshire Ebell Theatre

4401 8th St

Co-Sponsored by

American Friends Service Committee

Arab-American Affairs Magazine

The Independent Monitor

National Association of Arab American Professionals - OC

Moroccan American Cultural Center - LA

Beshely Society

Link TV


Tickets available at:

Box office: 323-939-1128

(10 am - 4 pm weekdays)





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Marcel Khalife   UNESCO Artist for Peace


Named UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2005 for his artistic achievements and humanitarian work, Lebanese singer, composer and oud (Near Eastern lute) master Marcel Khalife is one of today¹s leading Arab musicians, reshaping traditional Arab music into an alluring, universally communicative form of expression. His haunting vocals and mesmerizing instrumentals have fascinated audiences worldwide.

Khalife has been injecting a new life into the oud with his prolific, innovative and groundbreaking compositions. He is a noted composer who
is deeply attached to the lyrical text on which he relies. Through his association with great contemporary Arab poets, most notably the renowned Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, Khalife seeks to renew the character of Arab song, breaking its stereotypes and advancing the culture of the society that surrounds it.

On his journey, Marcel Khalife invents and creates original music, a novel world of sounds, freed of all pre-established rules. This language elevates him to the level of an ambassador of his own culture and to the vanguard of Near Eastern music in search of innovators.


"artistic revolutionary. cultural icon. master of the oud. his songs have a power beyond mere words & music." NPR 

Marcel Khalife is that rare thing – and take it from me, it is rare, because I know a lot about music – he is a musician engagé – he is involved in the society and the times of which he is a part. Professor Edward Said

Legendary Lebanese musician, Marcel Khalife transcends time and politics... CNN


Video clip links


At the Kennedy Center (2004)


Taqasim 1


Taqasim 2






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