Contestant Jennifer Grout who is originally from the United States Of America and has no relation to the Arab World in any way, doesn’t even speak or understand the Arabic Language, wowed all for judges with her rendition of Egyptian singer Oum Kalthoum’s ” Baed Annak” and playing the Oud, in Saturday’s third episode of Arabs Got Talent 2013 on September 28.
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Jennifer who started playing music at a young age said ” I came to Lebanon to participate in “Arabs Got Talent’ to sing in Arabic.” When asked how she got introduced to Arabic music, she replied ” I fell in love with classical Arabic songs three years ago when I first heard it on the internet, so I’ve been practicing and memorizing the songs.” As for understanding the songs words ” I look up the translation on the internet or ask an Arabic friend for the translation.”
- Najwa Karam told Jennifer ” you don’t speak a word of Arabic and you sing better than other singers, we have always been following and imitating the west, this is the first time someone who’s not related in any way to the Arab World and an American who doesn’t speak the language performs in Arabic.”
- Ali Jaber added ” you presented a great performance,” “you have a beautiful voice with high emotions”, Your oud performance was also as good.” I believe you have a bright future,” he added.
- Naser ElQasabi said ” I am truly impressed with the fact that she’s not related to the Arab World and she sings classical Arabic music with high emotions, this fusion is what we always aimed for ‘
- Ahmad Helmi added ” although she presented a performance that doesn’t relate to her heritage or mother tongue in any way, I felt as if she is a native Arabic singer which brought me joy.”
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