74-year-old Salwa al-Aas, a Jordanian vocalist of Palestinian origin, performs with the Beit al-Rowwad ensemble at Amman's Hussein Cultural Center, March 20, 2018.
AFP / Khalil Mazraawi
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A group of musicians are causing a sensation in Jordan, reviving the golden age of Arab song – and not one of them is under the age of 50 .Founded in 2008, Beit al-Ruwwad (The House of Pioneers) celebrates the golden era of Arab music represented by Ghazali and legendary Egyptian diva Oum Kalthoum as well as Jordan's folkloric songs.The group's fans include people from across Jordanian society and the concerts always have a family atmosphere, said Hattar, who heads the Arabic music department at Jordan's National Music Conservatory, where he teaches oud.Earlier this month, marking 10 years since the group was founded, King Abdullah II presented Hattar with an award for the band's role in supporting pioneering musicians.
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