Turkish folk group provide sweet treats for musical palates in Jeddah

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A whirlwind of emotions were on display this weekend, as musicians deftly stirred memories with their evocative instrumental melodies. Their harmonies provided a tasteful representation of their motherland. (AN photo by Mohammed Almanea)
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A whirlwind of emotions were on display this weekend, as musicians deftly stirred memories with their evocative instrumental melodies. Their harmonies provided a tasteful representation of their motherland. (AN photo by Mohammed Almanea)
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A whirlwind of emotions were on display this weekend, as musicians deftly stirred memories with their evocative instrumental melodies. Their harmonies provided a tasteful representation of their motherland. (AN photo by Mohammed Almanea)
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A whirlwind of emotions were on display this weekend, as musicians deftly stirred memories with their evocative instrumental melodies. Their harmonies provided a tasteful representation of their motherland. (AN photo by Mohammed Almanea)
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A whirlwind of emotions were on display this weekend, as musicians deftly stirred memories with their evocative instrumental melodies. Their harmonies provided a tasteful representation of their motherland. (AN photo by Mohammed Almanea)
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A whirlwind of emotions were on display this weekend, as musicians deftly stirred memories with their evocative instrumental melodies. Their harmonies provided a tasteful representation of their motherland. (AN photo by Mohammed Almanea)
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A whirlwind of emotions were on display this weekend, as musicians deftly stirred memories with their evocative instrumental melodies. Their harmonies provided a tasteful representation of their motherland. (AN photo by Mohammed Almanea)
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A whirlwind of emotions were on display this weekend, as musicians deftly stirred memories with their evocative instrumental melodies. Their harmonies provided a tasteful representation of their motherland. (AN photo by Mohammed Almanea)
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A whirlwind of emotions were on display this weekend, as musicians deftly stirred memories with their evocative instrumental melodies. Their harmonies provided a tasteful representation of their motherland. (AN photo by Mohammed Almanea)
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A whirlwind of emotions were on display this weekend, as musicians deftly stirred memories with their evocative instrumental melodies. Their harmonies provided a tasteful representation of their motherland. (AN photo by Mohammed Almanea)
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A whirlwind of emotions were on display this weekend, as musicians deftly stirred memories with their evocative instrumental melodies. Their harmonies provided a tasteful representation of their motherland. (AN photo by Mohammed Almanea)
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A whirlwind of emotions were on display this weekend, as musicians deftly stirred memories with their evocative instrumental melodies. Their harmonies provided a tasteful representation of their motherland. (AN photo by Mohammed Almanea)
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A whirlwind of emotions were on display this weekend, as musicians deftly stirred memories with their evocative instrumental melodies. Their harmonies provided a tasteful representation of their motherland. (AN photo by Mohammed Almanea)
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A whirlwind of emotions were on display this weekend, as musicians deftly stirred memories with their evocative instrumental melodies. Their harmonies provided a tasteful representation of their motherland. (AN photo by Mohammed Almanea)
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A whirlwind of emotions were on display this weekend, as musicians deftly stirred memories with their evocative instrumental melodies. Their harmonies provided a tasteful representation of their motherland. (AN photo by Mohammed Almanea)
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A whirlwind of emotions were on display this weekend, as musicians deftly stirred memories with their evocative instrumental melodies. Their harmonies provided a tasteful representation of their motherland. (AN photo by Mohammed Almanea)
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A whirlwind of emotions were on display this weekend, as musicians deftly stirred memories with their evocative instrumental melodies. Their harmonies provided a tasteful representation of their motherland. (AN photo by Mohammed Almanea)
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A whirlwind of emotions were on display this weekend, as musicians deftly stirred memories with their evocative instrumental melodies. Their harmonies provided a tasteful representation of their motherland. (AN photo by Mohammed Almanea)
Updated 28 January 2018
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Turkish folk group provide sweet treats for musical palates in Jeddah

JEDDAH: A weekend of Turkish musical culture was presented at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), as prominent Turkish artists collaborated in a two-day event that ended on Friday.
Hüsnü Senlendirici, along with bandmates Ismael Tunçbilek and Aytaç Doğan, are the members of the Turkish musical group known as Taksim Trio. In demand in their native Turkey, they are now touring Europe and the Middle East, showcasing their unique and creative twist on traditional Turkish folk music.
Performing with instruments dating back to the Ottoman era, such as the baglama and qanun, these classical solo instruments fused in a triad of synchronizing sounds that reverberated throughout KAEC.
Also performing was Cafer Nazlibas, who plays a traditional Turkish wooden three-stringed violin known as the kabak kemane. This instrument, when amplified, creates a melodic fusion of classic Turkish folk, influenced with elements of Jazz, which produces intriguing songs with an unparallelled sound. His music blends familiar and new sounds that evoke feelings of happiness and sadness, consistently projecting a dichotomy of contradictory emotions.
One concertgoer Alia Sulaiman told Arab News: “I love attending concerts, but I wasn’t sure what to expect. I attended with my friends out of curiosity and we all found it very enjoyable. Turkish music resonates with our culture. The songs were a nice reflection of several individual musical identities rolled into one.”
Another concertgoer, Mehmet Sahin, told Arab News: “I’m here visiting family from Turkey; they’ve been living in Jeddah for more than 20 years. This is the first time that I have found many different fun events to enjoy. I never thought I would go to a Turkish concert in Jeddah. It was a beautiful show.”
Sahin was referring to the new entertainment options in the Kingdom made possible by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), a government body established to develop and grow the entertainment sector in Saudi Arabia.
Coinciding with Vision 2030, the GEA works to offer concerts and other fun activities to the public in a professional, well-organized, and high-quality manner.


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.