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Lebanon’s famed musician Elias Rahbani dies aged 83

Lebanon’s famed musician Elias Rahbani dies aged 83

ELIAS Rahbani, who wrote songs for Lebanon's most revered singer Fairouz among many others, has died at the age of 83, local media reported. Elias was the youngest brother of celebrated musicians Mansour and Assi Rahbani, known together as the Rahbani brothers. Fairouz's songs, written by the Rahbanis, were listened to across religious and factional divides throughout Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war and they continue to transcend divisions in Lebanon and beyond. "Another branch from the Rahbani tree falls after a journey full of refined music production," Prime Minister-designate Saad al Hariri wrote on Twitter. The Rahbanis' music and lyrics have…
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‘I want my rights’: The 80-year-old Lebanese musician fighting for a COVID-19 jab

‘I want my rights’: The 80-year-old Lebanese musician fighting for a COVID-19 jab

TIMOUR AZHARI  AS a career musician who has played brass and wind instruments for most of his life, Joseph al-Hajj, 80, was particularly anxious to protect his most precious asset - his lungs - when the coronavirus swept into Lebanon last year. Hunkered down in his modest home in the mountains for months on end, Hajj said he pinned his hopes on the global race to develop a vaccine against the respiratory disease. So last month, when he saw lawmakers younger than himself jumping the vaccination queue, he felt impelled to fight for his right to be vaccinated - filing…
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