“Arab Idol” winner Mohammed Assaf tours USA, including Chicago

The Alhambra restaurant before the arrival of the audience to see Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf, winner of Arab Idol

The Alhambra restaurant before the arrival of the audience to see Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf, winner of Arab Idol

Last Friday night, I helped New York Times video journalist Reem Makhoul on her story about Mohammed Assaf, a former wedding singer from Gaza who went on to win Arab Idol, and take the Arab world by storm. Now he’s touring America, wowing fans here.

Hundreds of those fans (many of them Palestinian-Americans) crowded into the Alhambra restaurant in Chicago, dining on kebab and dancing and singing to the opening acts, then leaping to their feet when Assaf took the stage at 11 pm.

Enjoy the video by Reem Makhoul, as well as the print story by Lindsay Crouse and photographs by Taylor Glascock

NYTimes article about Mohammed Assaf

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One Response to “Arab Idol” winner Mohammed Assaf tours USA, including Chicago

  1. Norma Cummings says:

    Thanks for continued e-mails about your travel and adven tures. I still hear from your Dad once oin  a while ……..Merry Christmas. Norma cummings

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