The London launch of the long-awaited English translation of Wasif Jawhariyyeh’s memoirs was held at London’s Mosaic Rooms in February 2014. Jawhariyyeh’s account of Palestine in the late Ottoman and British Mandate eras is an indispensible document for historians, and also provides fantastic insights into music-making of the period. It is translated by Nada Elzeer, with introductory essays by Salim Tamari, Issam Nassar, and myself.
Responding to music mentioned in the memoirs, I put together a musical programme to interleave with readings by actor Philip Arditti, and was joined by Ahmad AlSalhi, Maria Lopez da Cunha, Michel Moushabeck and Martin Stokes.
A detailed description was published by Susannah Tarbush writing for The Tanjara.
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