Have yourself a merry multiculture

Have yourself a merry multiculture


norman lebrecht

December 14, 2010

This may be something you want to keep under wraps and not open until Saturday week in the privacy of your living room.

I can’t resist sharing a retrieved video of the great Lebanese singer Fairouz, still in her 20s, taking one of the season’s favourites in cultivated microtones.

The title is Leilet Eid – you may know it by another name – and I’d be surprised if you ask for your money back, even if the opening wouldn’t quite make it into Mahler’s fourth symphony.
and here’s the artist in her youth.


  • Marie Lamb says:

    No, Norman, I’m not asking for one penny of my money back. That was charming, and a refreshing change from the pop Christmas fluff we’re bombarded with on commercial radio and in the shopping malls here in the U.S. Bless you for striking a blow against some pop-tart with the latest (per)version of “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” Thank you!

  • Michael P Scott says:

    Ah, Norman, I LOVE your sense of humor.