The recent programme change affecting the Oum Kelthoum Tribute - moving it to Sunday 15th and extending the festival by one day - has been reversed and the concert will now take place on the original date, May 13th
|Oum Kelthoum - in!|
The original shifting to the Sunday date appeared to have been to make way for Emirati pop star Ahlam. Ahlam will now not appear at all. This is somewhat of a blow for the organisers. As one festival insider revealed, the Ahlam concert was one of the few that had sold a lot of tickets.
The cancellation of the Ahlam concert may, however, be a blessing in disguise as the pop singer has a reputation for a distinct lack of diplomacy. The 47 year-old recently enraged the people of Lebanon when she derided them on social media, labelling the Lebanese as "falafel-sellers" and "beggars", prompting a Twitter hashtag calling for her to be banned from entering the country. The week before, her reality TV show, The Queen, was axed by Dubai TV after the first of a planned 22 episodes went to air. Dubai TV said its action was in response to overwhelming numbers of viewer complaints.
|Ahlam - out|
Another programme change is at the free Boujloud concert on Sunday May 7. The original programme was listed as The Fes Regional Choir with Abdellah Yacoubi: Aissawa Chant. Abdellah Yacoubi has been replaced with the great Melhoun singer, Mohammed Soussi.
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