As Kanefaty sings the first words of a song by Lebanese performer Fairouz, the crowd cheers wildly and sings along.
AP Photo/Michael Sohn
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Arab musicians in Berlin are bringing their musical roots to Germans – with a little help from American jazz. At the German capital's monthly Arab Song Jam, musicians use Arab pop standards as a starting point before inviting other musicians on stage for jam sessions modeled on those pioneered by American jazz musicians before World War II.The Arab Song Jam is part of a yearlong celebration of Arab culture at the venue that also includes poetry readings and Arab film nights.While Zouiten said he does not want to turn the Arab Song Jam into a political event, he does hope the music will help break down barriers between migrants and Germans who remain concerned about the large influx of newcomers.
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