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Dozan Wa Awtar concerts raise funds for Gaza

August 10, 2014

by Muath Freij | Aug 09, 2014 | 23:18

AMMAN Two musical performances held in Amman over the weekend provided Khaled Takrori with the chance to support Gazans financially and morally.

The Jordanian music fan said charity events like these are important because they give the people who do not know how to support Gaza a chance to do what they can.

"Art is a peaceful way to send a message and support people financially because the proceeds of the show will go to people who are in need," he told The Jordan Times before Thursday's concert began.

Takrori was one of several people who attended the concert performed by Jordanian musical establishment Dozan Wa Awtar.

The performances were held on Thursday and Friday with the aim of raising funds for people in Gaza.

Over 1,800 Palestinians, mainly civilians, have been killed in Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip which continues after over a month.

Titled "Prayer for Gaza", the concerts were an opportunity for Dozan singers to use their passion for singing to express their love for Gaza and support Palestinians in the strip, choir manager Nedy Muna said.

Founded by Shireen Abu Khader in 2002, the musical establishment includes Dozan Wa Awtar Singers, the main adult choir, whose members range between 40 and 60, 25 of whom took part in the two fundraisers.

"We cannot do anything for them [Gazans] and the least we can do is to help them by doing something we love music," he told The Jordan Times before the performance.

The pieces they performed were all national songs from the Levant, according to Muna.

"Most of these songs are known to the audience and I am sure they will like listening to them. I believe that these songs will make people feel with their brothers and sisters in Gaza," he added.

Hala Qubein, the coordinator of members' affairs, said Dozan singers thought that they could hold a simple event to encourage people to think about Gazans and support them by collecting donations.

"Our message is that we have to stand together and support Gazans in all aspects, including morally and financially," Qubein added.

She noted that art plays an important role in people's lives because it helps them understand their feelings, express them and share them with others.

The concerts raised JD10,035 for Gaza, according to the organisers.

Muna said although they are far from the devastated coastal enclave, they still think of Gazans.

"I want to tell them that we are with them with our hearts and through our music."

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Source: Jordan Times, The

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