Maher Zain wooes audiences with a mesmerizing ‘greatest hits’ performance
Doha, July 15th, 2012: Katara, the Cultural Village, welcomed artists to Katara yesterday
ahead of the opening of the five day Anasheed Festival. World-famous performer Maher
Zain officially launched the festival with a performance of songs from his album “Thank you
Allah” in Arabic, English, Urdu and Turkish.
The five day festival continues tonight with a performance by Macedonian vocalist Mesut
Kurtis, who will perform music from his album "Beloved," hailed as one of the most important
albums of religious music. The show will be followed by an exclusive duet with Maher
Zain who will join Mesut Kurtis in a unique fusion. Performances by eight renowned artists
including Mishari Al Afasy, Ahmed Bu Khater, Sameer Al Bashiri, Osama Al Safy, Humoud
Al khuder and Ameen Hameem will take place during the festival.
Dr. Emad Sultan, Director of Cultural Affairs in Katara said, "We are very pleased we were
able to bring together some of the most influential singers in the world to perform in Qatar for
this unique festival."
“This festival highlights the traditions of Arab and Islamic countries, uniting cultures from
across the world. The event reflects precisely Katara’s mission in Qatar: to educate and
entertain whilst building cultural bridges,” he added.
Popular children’s performer Toyor AlJanah will perform a variety of children’s anasheed at a
matinee show at 4:30pm, Tuesday 17th July, Drama Theatre, Building 16. The famed Mishari
Al Afasy will recite Qur’an and various religious songs at 8:30pm on the same night.
The Anasheed festival continues until July 19th with concerts every day from 8:30 pm at
the Opera House in Building 16, Katara. Tickets are available at Virgin Megastores and
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