Lebanese superstar Fairuz posts video ‘praying for humanity to be saved from coronavirus’

Lebanese diva Fairuz performs at Lebanon's new state-of-art Platea theatre in Sahel Alma north of the capital Beirut on December 9, 2011. (File/AFP)
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Updated 03 April 2020

Lebanese superstar Fairuz posts video ‘praying for humanity to be saved from coronavirus’

  • The video shows the singer seated in the corner of a room in what is presumed to be her home, reading Psalm 10:1 from the Bible
  • As of Friday, Lebanon’s total number of coronavirus cases stood at 508, with the death toll at 17

LONDON: Lebanese superstar Fairuz released a video on Friday of her praying in her home for humanity to be saved from the coronavirus pandemic.
The video, which was published on her Fairuz Productions YouTube page, shows the singer seated in the corner of a room in what is presumed to be her home, reading Psalm 10:1 from the Bible.

“Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” she reads.
Lebanon is currently on lockdown with security forces issuing fines for everyone that violates the rules. As of Friday, the country’s total number of coronavirus cases stood at 508, with the death toll at 17.


Moroccan actor Youssef Kerkour receives BAFTA nomination

Youssef Kerkour is nominated for Best Male Comedy Performance for his role as Sami Ibrahim in the comedy series “Home.” (Instagram)
Updated 04 June 2020

Moroccan actor Youssef Kerkour receives BAFTA nomination

DUBAI: Moroccan actor Youssef Kerkour has landed a nomination for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), the academy announced on Thursday, after the awards were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The actor, who grew up in Rabat, is nominated for Best Male Comedy Performance for his role as Sami Ibrahim in the comedy series “Home.”

Kerkour, who is also known for roles in “Dracula,” “Redemption,” “Criminal” and “Marcella,” took to Twitter to thank his supporters. 

“Thank you all for your lovely messages this morning. It is a tremendous honor to be nominated in such stellar company,” the 41-year-old actor said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

La famille MAISON @channel4 #home #season2

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The series, created by British writer and actor Rufus Jones, follows a middle-class London family who find a Syrian asylum seeker named Sami (Kerkour) hiding in their luggage while returning from holiday in France.

Kerkour’s tweet also paid tribute to Jones. 

“I must however say that there is a name missing IMO (in my opinion). That name is Rufus Jones. His writing will give you nominations,” he wrote.