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Wadhi al-Safi
'My dream is for my country to be stable and for its rulers to be loyal to the country.'
Last Modified: 25 May 2011 09:54

"The Zajal style of singing is the true face of Lebanon: its villages, traditions and people.

Zajal says a lot about people's character, its villages, its agriculture and traditions.

It brings us back to our original life. Zajal is an important form of music that should never end. Thank God there are still Zajal singers. This music is a symbol of our homeland.  

Singing Zajal is a gift from God. I only have it when I'm on stage in front of an audience. I feel the audience is God's voice on the ground. I obtain my power from God, from the audience that appreciates Wadhi al-Safi and from those who applaud and cry as I sing. I cry and laugh with them. They are very precious.  

My dream is for my country to be stable and for its rulers to be loyal to the country.

Lebanon is an honour to its citizens. Lebanon is their support, their family and values. A sacred place of freedom. It is a place of generosity and intelligence. Zajal poets are geniuses. They only exist in Lebanon. I encourage them to bring back the Zajal to how it was before." 

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