Mayssa Karaa Stuns Audiences with Sufi Songs

Mayssa Karaa Stuns Audiences with Sufi Songs in Abu Dhabi Festival’s Ramadan Series

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 1 May 2021: As part of its Ramadan Series under the theme “Human Fraternity: Dignity and Hope”, with support from Lead Partner Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala), the 18th edition of Abu Dhabi Festival (ADF), themed “The Future Starts Now”, presented Lebanese-American Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Mayssa Karaa. For her performance, entitled “Doua’a” (Prayer), Karaa conveyed a message of hope and a belief in the deep connection between humans and religion, alongside a masterpiece from Sufi heritage and Eastern spiritual chanting. The magnificent performance was streamed online via the Festival’s digital platforms.

Karaa’s outstanding performance demonstrated her magnificent vocal range and presented a cross-cultural message, performing “Kun Fa Yakun”, written by Oscar- and Grammy-award-winner A. R. Rahman, and “Doua’a,” written by Lebanese poet Henri Zoghaib. Famed Jordanian violinist Yarub Smarait collaborated on the musical arrangement for the pieces.

Mayssa said, “I am delighted to cooperate once again with the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation and Abu Dhabi Festival, as they play a major role in reducing the impact of the challenges we are facing due to the global pandemic, while conveying a message of hope and togetherness for a brighter future.”

“I would like to express my gratitude to Abu Dhabi Festival and its founder, Her Excellency Huda I. Alkhamis-Kanoo, for her vision and commitment to the development, support and empowerment of young talents and to advancing the arts and cultural scene in the region,” she added.

The Ramadan Series continues with “A Call for Love”, a repertoire of 16 chants by Sheikh Mahmoud Al Tohamy, a leading spiritual chanter in Egypt and the world, accompanied by Mohamed Tarek and Wael El Fashny, on 2 May at 9:30pm UAE time.

The Ramadan Series includes digital performances of over 25 songs and chants by bright Arab vocalists and creators, written by 11 poets and writers and performed by 8 chanters and singers, accompanied by 60 musicians.

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The yearlong hybrid programme of the 18th Abu Dhabi Festival combines virtual and in-person performances, exhibitions and events by over 500 artists from more than 50 countries.

About Abu Dhabi Festival

Founded in 2004, Abu Dhabi Festival was initially a small arts and culture platform that soon graduated to one of the world’s premiere annual events. Held in the UAE, it celebrates artistic and creative excellence, and promotes the role of music and the arts in bringing nations closer. It also promotes Abu Dhabi as a leading global hub for creativity and as an Emirati beacon for respect and tolerance.

Strengthened by a growing network of 30 international partners, the festival brings audiences together each year to enjoy world premieres and exclusive commissions in the UAE and around the world.

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation

Founded in 1996, ADMAF is one of the oldest, not-for-profit cultural organisations in the Arabian Gulf. Pioneering new artistic practices, it seeks to deepen global cross-cultural dialogue and inspire a renewed interest in the creativity of the UAE and Arab world. Often in partnership with leading national and international institutions, it delivers multidisciplinary initiatives for people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities through the Abu Dhabi Festival, year-round youth platforms and community programmes.

About Mubadala Investment Company

Mubadala Investment Company is a sovereign investor managing a global portfolio, aimed at generating sustainable financial returns for the Government of Abu Dhabi.

Mubadala’s $232 billion (AED 853 billion) portfolio spans six continents with interests in multiple sectors and asset classes. We leverage our deep sectoral expertise and long-standing partnerships to actively source deals. In the UAE, we are driving sustainable growth by optimizing scale and efficiency, supporting the continued diversification and global integration of the local economy while growing our shareholder value.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, Mubadala has offices in London, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, New York, San Francisco and Beijing.