Ghada Shbeir Lebanon
From traditional Middle Eastern folk songs to Syriac and Ancient Maronite religious chants
Ghada Shbeir won a BBC Radio 3 World Music Award a decade ago for her debut album, “Al Muwashahat”.
Since then she’s continued to pursue a solo career with a wide-ranging repertoire in which she moves seamlessly from traditional Middle Eastern folk songs to Syriac and Ancient Maronite religious chants via Arabo-Andalusian music.
She has also sung with the eastern Mediterranean ensemble En Chordais and teaches music at Lebanese universities as a respected musicologist.
Her voice is full of swooping melisma, either accompanied by an ensemble of acoustic Arabic instruments including oud, violin, bass, qanun (plucked zither) and ney (flute) or sometimes singing a cappella.