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Seated center-stage, sporting collared shirts and dark glasses, as though cast in a Lebanese remake of "The Blues Brothers," composer, vocalist and keyboard player Khaled Soubeih and oud player Imad Hashisho tilt their heads rhythmically from one side to the other as vocalist Sandy Chamoun leads them into the first verse.In the wake of The Great Departed's concert last Tuesday, the Lebanese band's recent composition "Madad Baghdadi" has proved a social media sensation. Garnering upward of 6,000 views on YouTube in less than four days, it has attracted largely positive feedback from commenters, although a couple have expressed worries that the song might be critical of Islam."Madad Baghdadi" has also attracted widespread media attention to the band.The Great Departed formed roughly two years ago, gradually expanding from four members to the current lineup, which consists of Soubeih, Hashisho, Chamoun and Asmar, as well as buzuk player Abed Kobeissy and percussionist Ali Hout.It's a well-made song ... The question would be if people would want to hear it again in four years, when Baghdadi is nothing – hopefully.
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