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African-American slave songs to echo at Tehran hall
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The Iranian ensemble Messiah performs a concert at Tehran’s Milad Tower on July 5, 2013. (ISNA/Hemmat Khahi)
The Iranian ensemble Messiah performs a concert at Tehran’s Milad Tower on July 5, 2013. (ISNA/Hemmat Khahi)
TEHRAN -- Songs of African-American slaves will be performed by Messiah, an Iranian ensemble led by Assyrian conductor Honiball Yousef, at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall in July.
 
“Since, I always pay attention to music from various styles and cultures in my performances, I will focus on the music of the Blacks from slavery in my upcoming concert,” Yousef told the Persian service of ISNA on Sunday.
 
“This kind of music has influenced most parts of the world and even Iranian pop music has utilized this genre of music somehow,” he added.
 
“The beauty and influence of this music inspired me to perform some pieces of this kind of music in the July concerts,” he stated.
 
Twelve English songs and one Persian piece will be performed during the concerts, which will be held from July 2 to 4.
 
Messiah performed a concert of world love songs at Tehran’s Milad Tower in July 2013.
 
Opera singer Mario Taqaddosi accompanied the ensemble during a concert singing a selection of love songs in English, French, Spanish, Germany, Persian, Assyrian and several other languages.
 
In addition, Yusef and painter Alireza Mojabi performed “The Canvas and Piano Improvisational Duet” in the courtyard of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in April 2013 to provide a live demonstration of music-inspired action painting.
 
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