Abadi Al-Johar, Saudi musician

Abadi Al-Johar
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Updated 05 January 2020

Abadi Al-Johar, Saudi musician

  • He earned the title Ikhtabout Al-Oud (Octopus of the Oud) from the late Talal Maddah
  • Al-Johar is also a member of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts

Abadi Al-Johar is a Saudi musician, singer and composer. One of the most popular Khaleeji singers in the Gulf, he has composed around 50 albums since he began his musical career in 1968.

He earned the title Ikhtabout Al-Oud (Octopus of the Oud) from the late Talal Maddah because of his unmatchable oud playing. Al-Johar is known for his own compositions and hits such as “Awazel” and “Eyaunek.”

He has worked with a number of top Arab pop stars including Maddah, Assala Nasri, Samira Said, Abbas Ibrahim and Aseel Omran.

Al-Johar is also a member of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts. He has won a number of awards, including an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Arts in Egypt, the Best Khaleeji Musician Award from Egypt, and the Golden Oud from Rotana.

The “Lailat Abadiyat” concert took place at the Abu Bakr Salem stage in Riyadh Boulevard on Friday as part of Riyadh Winter Season to honor Al-Johar.

He performed some of his most famous older songs, which were applauded by the 6,000 attendees.

Turki Al Sheikh, president of the General Entertainment Authority, could not be physically present at the concert, but passed on his regards by phone.

“Welcome everyone on this beautiful night. I wish to be with you tonight, but I’m with you by heart,” he said.

“The artist Abadi Al-Johar is very dear ... We’re proud to have you (Al-Johar) today on the night of your celebration.”


Saudi Arabia welcomes Egypt’s new initiative for Libya

Updated 10 min 38 sec ago

Saudi Arabia welcomes Egypt’s new initiative for Libya

  • The Kingdom urged both the LNA and the GNA to implement a cease-fire immediately
  • Saudi Arabia also urged both to start negotiating under the auspices of the UN in order to establish safety in Libya

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia welcomed Egypt’s new initiative for Libya and president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s call for a cease-fire in the country on Saturday.
The Kingdom also welcomed all international efforts aiming to stop the fighting in Libya and encouraged negotiations based on the initiative, called the “Cairo declaration,” and recommendations made at the Geneva and Berlin conferences on Libya.
The Kingdom urged both eastern commander Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) and the rival Government of National Accord (GNA) to implement a cease-fire immediately.
Saudi Arabia also urged both to start negotiating under the auspices of the UN in order to establish safety and security in Libya and protect it from foreign interference.