Mohammed Assaf Concert in Chicago
► Friday, September 7, 2018 – 9 pm – Add to Calendar
Doors Open: 8 pm
Tickets: $49 – $99
Mohammed Assaf is a Palestinian Singer, Arab Idol winner 2013, a regional Youth Ambassador for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
Mohammed Jabr Assaf was born on 1, September 1989 in Misrata Libya. He lived there until he was 4 years old, when his parents moved back to Gaza, he grew up in Khan Younis refugee camp to a middle class couple where he attended UNRWA elementary school. He began singing at age 5 and was discovered by the Palestinian composer Jamal Al Najjar when he was 11 years old.
Mohammed’s meeting with the composer Yasser Omar was a turning point in his musical career, his music helped shape Assaf’s artistic character, composing a number of popular songs for Assaf, like “Ya wleedy”, “Wallah al Zaman Dawar”.
In the summer of 2012, Mohammed Assaf attended the first auditions of Arab idol season 2 in Cairo, Egypt, he had to overcome many obstacles in order to attend the auditions. He had to jump the fence in order to get into the location, once there, he found all the audition numbers gone. Assaf began singing, a fellow Palestinian hopeful heard him and asked him about his story, and he offered his audition number to Mohammed. His journey in Arab Idol season 2, was a historical one. His amazing voice combined with his stage presence and charisma helped make him one of the most popular contestants on the show, and made the program one of the highest rated programs on MBC and in the Arab world. He performed songs from all kinds of musical genres, from old classics to Jabali songs to pop hits, and proved his versatility and unprecedented talent. On 22, June 2013, Mohammed Assaf was won the Arab Idol contest, and that triggered a wave of celebration throughout Palestine and the Arab world.
Since winning Arab Idol, Mohammed Assaf have been touring the world to a sold out concerts in the Arab World, USA, and Europe. On June 10th 2014, Assaf sang his World Cup single #ASSAF360 in front of the FIFA congress 64 in Sao Paulo Brazil to a global audience. His debut Album titled “ASSAF ” was released on October 2014 and includes 11 tracks and two bonus tracks on the digital release. The Album was chosen by iTunes among the best albums of 2014 and claimed the number one spot at Virgin megastore in the Arab World.
Mohammed Assaf was chosen by Arabian Business Magazine among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Arabs – Heroes on April 2014, and among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Arabs – Under 40 on April 2015. His Second Album titled “Ma Wahashnak ” was released on June 2017, includes 10 tracks.
– Arab Idol Season 2, 2013 ,
– Goodwill ambassador for peace by UNRWA .
– Goodwill Ambassador of Palestinian Youth for Cultural Affairs .
– Honorary membership first degree in the Council of Arab Media Unit .
– Goodwill ambassador for the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital .
– Winner of the Murex D’or Award 2014 for the best rising star in the Arab world
– Winner of the MTV European Music Awards 2014 for ” the Best Artist of the Middle East, India and Africa ” on November 2014
– Winner of the Big Apple Music Awards for ” the Best New Artist of the Middle East ” on September 2015
– Mohammed Assaf was chosen by Arabian Business Magazine among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Arabs – Heroes on April 2014, and among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Arabs – Under 40 on April 2015 and among the world’s 100 most influential young Arabs – Under 40 on March 2016
– Winner of the MEMA awards for ” The best young singer ” of 2015.
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