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MENAFN Press - 17/03/2014
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(MENAFN Press) Legendary Tunisian musician and singer Lofti Buchanak started his preparations in Sharjah for his much anticipated performance in "The Clusters of Light", the global oratorio which will mark Sharjah's inauguration as the capital of Islamic culture 2014.

Mr Buchanak said he will be staying in Sharjah to perform his part in the oratorio, which will first be performed on 25th March. Renowned for the brilliance of his oud playing and vocal harmonizing, he will take part in five performances of "The Clusters of Light" on Al Majaz island

Speaking from Sharjah, Mr Buchanak said: "I am thrilled to be able to play a part in the celebrations to mark Sharjah's inauguration as the capital of Islamic Culture and to be able to perform in this great play".

"The Clusters of Light" is a very important theatrical work, one that imaginatively challenges perceptions of art through a skilful retelling of the life and times of our great Prophet (PBUH) and the origins of Islam.

Mr Buchanak added: " Sharjah is a great city with a proud tradition of championing the arts across all disciplines and it is an honour to have been invited to perform here. I very much look forward to taking part in this project. In particular, its scope and subject matter represents the ultimate ambition for many musicians".

Considerable preparations have been made towards staging "The Clusters of Light" in Sharjah. The region's best Islamic scholars, historical experts and finest musicians have all been consulted to ensure the performance is a truly exceptional one.

More than 200 performers will take to the stage during the production of the play. World famous composer Bahraini Khalid Sheikh has overseen the creation of the musical


Al Majaz island's semicircular open theatre is the official venue for Sharjah's Capital of Islamic Culture celebrations and is equipped with cutting edge sound and lighting systems “ making this performance of "The Clusters of Light" a powerful sensory experience. The outdoor venue, built over an area of 7,238 square meters, emulates the style of ancient Roman theatres. It features a vast viewing platform through which artists can ascend, and is equipped with a high-quality and accuracy-advanced audio system that has never before been used in the region

About Clusters of Light
'Clusters of Light' has been inspired by the desire for a high-ranking artistic work providing a true picture about Islam “ the human values and message that promote peace, justice, tolerance and love “ to be recorded by history and engraved in the memory of future generations.More than 300 actors will participle in the performance of the 'Clusters of Light', from Arab and foreign countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, and many others. The display will last 1 hour and 42 minutes, with the entire team “ including actors, musicians, composers, directors, producers, designers and innovators “ comprising some 750 people. This global epic has been fully composed by the esteemed Bahraini artist Khalid Al Sheikh, and more than 70 musicians from the renowned German Film Orchestra have recorded the sound track. Among the participants in this landmark work are creative minds from all across the Middle East, including the Emirati artist Hussein Al Jasmi, the Tunisian singer Lutfi Bushnaq, the young Palestinian artist Mohammed Assaf, and Egyptian artist Ali Hajjar.



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