Damascus, SANA – The “Syrian Stars: Let’s Sing for Syria” singing talent show was launched on Saturday at Sheraton Hotel in Damascus.
The show is organized by the Musical and Ballet Institutes Directorate at the Culture Ministry and Mohammad Safwan Habbab Company.
The first stage of the show involves contestants performing in front of a panel of music specialists and an audience, and the best of these contestants will be selected to advance to the finals where the audience will vote for them.
Assistant Culture Minister Bassam Abu-Ghannam said in a statement that this show is part of the Ministry’s plan to support talented people who couldn’t pursue musical studies, noting that training workshops for participating children and youths will be held on the sideline where they will receive in the principles of music, solfège, and playing musical instruments.
In turn, Director of the Musical and Ballet Institutes Directorate Mohammad Zaghloul said this show’s key element is that it’s purely Syrian and caters to local talents, adding that another project called “Together for Music” will be launched to provide musical training for all ages.
Zaghloul added that there will be two winners from each province: one from the youths and one from the children categories, which would hopefully form the basis for a national signing troupe.
For his part, director of the sponsoring company Mohammad Safwan Habbab said that 4,200 contestants from across the country made it into the show, and they are divided into two age groups: children (7 to 13 years) and youths (14-35).
The show is supervised by singers and musicians from the Sulhi al-Wadi Institute and the Higher Institute for Music like Inas Latouf, Hamsa Munif, Somar Najjar, Kamal Skaiker, and Adnan Fatahallah.