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Jerash to host Jordanian singer-songwriter's first concert at home

June 22, 2014

by Jean-Claude Elias | Jun 21, 2014 | 22:33

AMMAN His first song "You got me good" has already been featured on YouTube for a whole year and was a major hit, playing on most FM radios in the country.

His second opus "Oasis" was posted on the same web channel last May and has already been viewed 250,000 times. It was beautifully shot in Wadi Rum.

The singer is Jaafar and he is coming from the US, where he now lives, to perform at the 29th Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts in the North Theatre on Wednesday in what will be his first concert ever in his country Jordan.

Jaafar is an accomplished performer-songwriter, composing the music and writing the lyrics of his songs. He delivers catchy tunes wrapped in energetic rhythms and electric guitar patterns that get to you in an infectious, irresistible manner.

The music belongs to the mainstream pop-soft-rock genre but with a subtle twist that makes it all sound very much new, fresh.

It bears the unmistakable imprint of the young artist and is easily recognisable. In a word, Jaafar's music is strongly characterised. On top of the good music, one trait is essential to the two songs heard so far: It is Jaafar's distinctive voice and singing style.

Strong without being aggressive, powerful yet easily flowing, the voice immediately catches the attention of the listener with its phrasing and excellent sense of rhythm, not to mention its deep sound.

Interestingly, the accent is reminiscent of that of Marc Broussard, a US Southern accent that goes very well with the music.

In an interview with The Jordan Times carried over Skype when he was in London on his way to Amman, Jaafar said "I look up to singers like Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison, among other artists", when asked about the musicians who may have inspired and influence him.

He is now a full-time musician and typically works as a solo act. However, at the Jerash concert he will be accompanied by a band of five musicians who will come from the US to play with him.

The 23-year-old Jordanian lived in Amman until the age of 17 when he went to the US. He now resides in Florida and is working hard on preparing the release of his debut album.

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Source: Jordan Times, The

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