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We’re getting lots of questions about this show, so I thought I’d take a minute to clarify a few things. This is everything that I know so far. Please read on!👇 1️. The livestream will take place on

I have a few more answers about the livestream for you.   You should be able to view "I Love Beirut" from anywhere -- it's a global livestream. So choose which time frame you'd like to watch

According to this article, Mika is doing a live stream benefit concert for Beirut next month:   Mika stages live stream benefit concert ‘I Love Beirut’   Mika announces the ‘I Love

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7 minutes ago, mellody said:

I've hidden the posts about the Arabic subtitled videos - not sure this YT account is an official source and I'd prefer to have Team Mika confirm it first. 

 

Exactly. Although there're many videos from the gig on YT I think it's not a good idea post them here as it was a private concert. 

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35 minutes ago, mellody said:

I've hidden the posts about the Arabic subtitled videos - not sure this YT account is an official source and I'd prefer to have Team Mika confirm it first. 

 

I was wondering how long it will take to block these videos by YT.

The whole video posted just after the streaming disappeared after 1-2 days. Hard to say if it was Mika's team reaction or YT blocked. it

I don't understand these YT rules. Sometimes I post a short video from TV or with a song in the background and YT blocks it after one hour. So why we can watch the whole shows? The same thing on FB.

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Mostly videos are taken down because they breach copyright in some way (ie a TV programme "belongs" to the TV company).  With the Beirut concert, this is a commercial venture to make money for good causes, so any unauthorised video deprives the charities of money.

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I know that everything is late right now as Mika said yesterday but where are the T-Shirts? Did anyone get a shipping confirmation? (It's not that important but I'm just wondering because the release day was a week ago.) 

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I know that everything is late right now as Mika said yesterday but where are the T-Shirts? Did anyone get a shipping confirmation? (It's not that important but I'm just wondering because the release day was a week ago.) 

 

I think Deb said on the live on Friday that they'd be shipped around this weekend - I suppose it can take a few days til they arrive. :dunno: If not, then maybe Mikasoon? :dunno_grin:

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Just now, mellody said:

 

I think Deb said on the live on Friday that they'd be shipped around this weekend - I suppose it can take a few days til they arrive. :dunno: If not, then maybe Mikasoon? :dunno_grin:

 

I'm expecting that it will take 1-2 weeks but I think you should get a shipping confirmation because I've ordered there before so I'm assuming it's not on the way yet. Last time it took 1 week since the shipping confirmation (I've ordered from the UK shop). 

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48 minutes ago, giraffeandy said:

I know that everything is late right now as Mika said yesterday but where are the T-Shirts? Did anyone get a shipping confirmation? (It's not that important but I'm just wondering because the release day was a week ago.) 

 

 

Someone from a groupe on FB asked the shop and received an answer that they will start the shipping the 9th of October. 

I can imagine they will not be able to send all of the orders at once.

 

And seeing that when I sent a letter to France and it took 2 weeks to arrive we have to be patient with our t-shirts.

All those closed frontiers, less flights between countries and I think more restrictions even about mails.

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Al Khaleej Today

( Al Khaleej is a daily Arabic-language broadsheet newspaper published in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates by Dar Al Khaleej.)

 

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Mika on your screens this Friday for a very special show

On August 4, a terrible tragedy shook Lebanon as catastrophic explosions in the port of Beirut sowed death and consternation in an already affected community. 300,000 people found themselves homeless in an instant, in an already complicated context due to the pandemic. The Lebanese of origin, Mika, singer of international fame, could not remain without doing nothing. He therefore orchestrated a benefit concert, entitled Mika: I love you Beirut, where he surrounded himself with other artists (Kylie Minogue, Louane and Rufus Wainwright) to raise necessary funds for the Lebanese community. To date, since the first virtual broadcast of this concert, the event has raised more than one million euros.

 

TVA, in support of the Lebanese community in Quebec, has decided to broadcast this intimate and poignant concert by Mika exclusively for Canada. TVA thus participates in the fundraising effort since the entire broadcasting license is granted in equal parts to organizations. The Lebanese Red Cross and Save The Children Liban.

 

For the occasion, a handful of journalists were able to speak virtually with the singer this Tuesday morning. Live from Athens and always so sympathetic, the artist shared with us his passion for Lebanon, Quebec and for his profession, which was transformed with the Covid-19 crisis. He speaks first of his intentions: “ I really wanted to do something, to make a kind of gesture, to do my job, to sing, to communicate emotion, in the service of the crisis which is happening in Beirut. »

 

He adds, concerning the show shot partly in Tuscany: “ For 90 minutes, we turn off the political side, but we do not soften the human side. Often it is the scandals that make the most noise, it is the images of the apocalypse that take the attention, but in the end, the human part is forgotten. I wanted to amplify this human side which is so often lost in the noise of everyday life. The artist speaks of an event in which emotion and celebration come together. We will notably meet baby Georges, a child born in the midst of the splinters, in the semi-darkness of a hospital that was blown away by the explosions. Mika talks about a very emotional moment, a bit of hope.

 

He pursues : ” I felt something new. I felt it wasn’t just a taped concert or a TV performance, but it was a different speech. It was at the service of people who wanted to tell their story, their testimonies, their suffering. I had the impression that even in this period of lockdown, we were doing something much more collaborative, universal and linked to people. We were in this team of 285 people, we had generosity of spirit everywhere and I felt something rare in the entertainment world: this feeling of not being alone. Which is amazing because I was alone on stage. »

 

Mika’s family who still live in Beirut were spared. The singer tells us about the situation there: ” Fortunately, in our family which still remains in Beirut, we did not lose any people directly, in our small family circle. But every person I talk to knows someone who’s been or hurt, or who’s lost everything, or who knows someone who’s dead. It is a crisis that is difficult to quantify. Because if you look coldly at the numbers, a few hundred people have died directly in the explosions. But, on the other hand, when we try to understand or visualize 300,000 people who no longer have a home, it becomes surreal. The repercussions of these two explosions, in combination with political instability, the economic crisis and the Covid, is really critical in Beirut and throughout the country. »

 

Mika draws a parallel between this concert and what he will do at Star Académie in 2021, as artistic director : « There is the idea of creating things. Artists today, we must be almost visual artists in a sense. You have to think, and especially in a showbizz crisis, you have to think about the situation, you have to adapt in other ways and tell in other ways. That’s kind of what they asked me to do in these 3-4 moments that I’m going to be doing on Star Académie next year. To communicate this idea that you have to dare, you have to think outside the box, you have to think of representing yourself with artistic freedom and taking risks. This idea of 360 degree creation is very important. That doesn’t mean that we have to do everything ourselves, but we have to know how to surround ourselves well. »

 

He approaches his love of Quebec as follows: “ Compared to Quebec, the first time I arrived in Montreal, I immediately felt at ease. Because I am a mixture of different cultures. I’m an immigrant, it’s part of my fabric and my identity. I’m not ashamed of it. For me, this mixture of all these places doesn’t mean that I come from nowhere, it means that I come from several places. When I arrived in Montreal and saw this francophone side that is in me and that of North America, with a way of communicating that is different from France, I found that reassuring. I found myself totally at ease right away. I do not know why. »

 

Mika: I love you Beirut will be presented this Friday at 10:35 p.m. on TVA. Mika will perform there his greatest hits and present his musical favorites. This is not to be missed!

 

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I've missed this long ( 18min ) interview ! :doh:

 

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"I Love Beirut": Mika s'engage pour le Liban en organisant un grand concert caritatif

 

 

 

On 9/20/2020 at 2:38 AM, Anna Ko Kolkowska said:

 

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Épisode du 16 octobre 2020

MIKA : Je t'aime Beyrouth

( 1h 23min )

En soutien à la communauté libanaise du Québec, TVA diffuse en exclusivité canadienne, ce concert virtuel animé par Mika. Au cours de cette soirée exceptionnelle, intime et poignante, tournée en partie en Toscane, Mika interprète ses plus grands succès et présente ses coups de cœur musicaux. De nombreux artistes ont accepté de soutenir la cause en se joignant à lui dont : Kylie Minogue, Louane et Rufus Wainwright.

 

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Le spectacle «Mika: Je t’aime Beyrouth» présenté à TVA

TVA diffusera en exclusivité canadienne le spectacle «Mika: Je t’aime Beyrouth», que le populaire chanteur avait organisé en septembre pour venir en aide aux victimes des récentes explosions au Liban.

 

• À lire aussi: Le concert pour le Liban de Mika génère 1 M$

• À lire aussi: Les profs de «Star Académie» sont prêts pour l’aventure

• À lire aussi: Mika, nouveau directeur artistique de «Star Académie»

 

C’était le 4 août dernier: deux puissantes explosions dans le port de Beyrouth ont détruit une grande partie de la capitale du Liban et fait plus de 200 morts, fait 6000 blessés et laissé 300 000 personnes à la rue.

 

Natif de Beyrouth, Mika avait alors réagi à la tragédie en mettant sur pied le concert caritatif virtuel «Je t’aime Beyrouth», enregistré en Toscane, pour amasser des fonds au profit de la reconstruction de Beyrouth.

Le coloré auteur-compositeur-interprète et futur directeur artistique à «Star Académie» y revisitait ses grands succès et ses coups de cœur musicaux, entouré de nombreux artistes qui ont accepté de se joindre à lui, comme Kylie Minogue, Louane et Rufus Wainwright.

 
L’ensemble des bénéfices et des dons récoltés lors de la soirée étaient destinés à la Croix Rouge libanaise et à l’association Save The Children Liban. À ce jour, l’événement a permis de cumuler plus d’un million d’euros.

C’est donc en guise de support aux Libanais du Québec, qui ont vu des membres de leur famille et de leurs amis figurer parmi les victimes, que TVA présentera «Mika: Je t’aime Beyrouth», le vendredi 16 octobre, à 22 h 35.

 

En relayant le concert, TVA participe également à l’effort de campagne humanitaire, puisque l’entièreté de la licence de diffusion est octroyée à parts égales aux deux organismes cités plus haut.

 

«Pour rendre hommage à la communauté libanaise du Québec et pour leur témoigner de notre sympathie, TVA tenait à présenter ce bel élan de solidarité auquel de nombreux artistes internationaux participent, dont la vedette Mika et Rufus Wainwright, qui a grandi à Montréal. Un spectacle rempli de créativité, d'émotion et de générosité, qui touchera tous les Québécois», a souligné Nathalie Fabien, directrice principale chaînes et programmation de Groupe TVA, dans un communiqué.

 
 
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TVA Nouvelles

tvanouvelles.ca

Publié le 9 octobre 2020 à 14:43

Le spectacle «Mika: Je t’aime Beyrouth» présenté à TVA

TVA diffusera en exclusivité canadienne le spectacle «Mika: Je t’aime Beyrouth», que le populaire chanteur avait organisé en septembre pour venir en aide aux victimes des récentes explosions au Liban.

 

• À lire aussi: Le concert pour le Liban de Mika génère 1 M$

• À lire aussi: Les profs de «Star Académie» sont prêts pour l’aventure

• À lire aussi: Mika, nouveau directeur artistique de «Star Académie»

 

C’était le 4 août dernier: deux puissantes explosions dans le port de Beyrouth ont détruit une grande partie de la capitale du Liban et fait plus de 200 morts, fait 6000 blessés et laissé 300 000 personnes à la rue.

 

Natif de Beyrouth, Mika avait alors réagi à la tragédie en mettant sur pied le concert caritatif virtuel «Je t’aime Beyrouth», enregistré en Toscane, pour amasser des fonds au profit de la reconstruction de Beyrouth.

Le coloré auteur-compositeur-interprète et futur directeur artistique à «Star Académie» y revisitait ses grands succès et ses coups de cœur musicaux, entouré de nombreux artistes qui ont accepté de se joindre à lui, comme Kylie Minogue, Louane et Rufus Wainwright.

 
L’ensemble des bénéfices et des dons récoltés lors de la soirée étaient destinés à la Croix Rouge libanaise et à l’association Save The Children Liban. À ce jour, l’événement a permis de cumuler plus d’un million d’euros.

C’est donc en guise de support aux Libanais du Québec, qui ont vu des membres de leur famille et de leurs amis figurer parmi les victimes, que TVA présentera «Mika: Je t’aime Beyrouth», le vendredi 16 octobre, à 22 h 35.

 

En relayant le concert, TVA participe également à l’effort de campagne humanitaire, puisque l’entièreté de la licence de diffusion est octroyée à parts égales aux deux organismes cités plus haut.

 

«Pour rendre hommage à la communauté libanaise du Québec et pour leur témoigner de notre sympathie, TVA tenait à présenter ce bel élan de solidarité auquel de nombreux artistes internationaux participent, dont la vedette Mika et Rufus Wainwright, qui a grandi à Montréal. Un spectacle rempli de créativité, d'émotion et de générosité, qui touchera tous les Québécois», a souligné Nathalie Fabien, directrice principale chaînes et programmation de Groupe TVA, dans un communiqué.

 
 

 

 

At 0:48 the journalist sais that Mika collected 2 millions EUR. So I don't know if it's an error or with all the licences from other TVs it makes 2 millions??????

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At 0:48 the journalist sais that Mika collected 2 millions EUR. So I don't know if it's an error or with all the licences from other TVs it makes 2 millions??????

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20 of the region’s biggest musical moments in 2020: From a rare appearance by Fairouz to Kiss in Dubai for New Year’s Eve
Saeed Saeed
 

What can we say about a year that caused once-in-a-lifetime damage to all aspects of the music industry?

While it was tempting to call 2020 a write-off as early as March, Arab artists and those with links to the region managed to make the most of the situation by creating works underscoring our times.

From innovative songs to heart-warming viral videos and pioneering online music festivals, here are 20 standout musical moments of the year.

 

16. Mika's ode to Lebanon is unforgettable

 

Mika has often spoken about his affection for Beirut, but he has never expressed it so clearly as in this entertaining and affecting online concert dedicated to his native Lebanon.

Blending performance with documentary-style images of Beirut's extensive destruction in the wake of the port explosion, as well as interviews with survivors, September’s I Love Beirut concert remains a stirring tribute to a resilient city picking itself up from the wreckage.

“My irrepressible Beirut. Your flame has never been extinguished, it flickers on,” Mika said in the concert opening. “You witnessed my birth under the falling bombs in 1983 but I have never forgotten that I was also born of your grandeur. My beautiful Beirut, you are not alone.”

 

 

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Mika posted on Instagram 01/01/2020

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/CJgiHbeF3ZV/

 

A little New Year’s Day treat from @dannapaola and I. Our interpretation of the @realroxette classic. We know how much you guys enjoyed this performance from the I ❤️ Beirut concert and so we decided to release it today along with a live version of my duet with Danna #memyself. Both performances are available to watch on YouTube and you can stream them on all platforms as of now! Xx

 

Here are full versions from YouTube.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the version from Instagram (with captions on the screen)

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Ambassade du Liban en France

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L’artiste MIKA décoré par le Président de la République libanaise, le Général Michel Aoun, des insignes de l’Ordre du Mérite au grade argenté.

Elles lui ont été remises par l’ambassadeur du Liban à Paris, dans un cadre restreint et familial.

 

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My brother Fortuné and I yesterday evening. I Love Beirut was a concert in aid of Lebanon and a declaration of my love for this city and this country that I left at the age of one and a half. "I Love Lebanon" is what I want to say after receiving today the Lebanese National Order of Merit - Silver Palm.

Today I think of my Lebanese grandmother, my mother, my aunts, my family, who brought the Lebanese soul to my life at home, in Paris, in London, everywhere I lived.

Citizen of this uprooted world, Lebanon flows through my veins. This reciprocal love, so unexpected and so poignant, makes me happy and very proud of my heritage, especially in these difficult times for Lebanon. Thank you from me and all my family. I Love Beirut, c'était un concert après le traumatisme de la catastrophe du port. I Love Beirut, c'est ma déclaration d'amour à cette ville et ce pays qui j'ai quitté à l'âge d'un an et demi.

I Love Beirut c'est ce que j'ai envie de dire après avoir recu la médaille de L’ordre National Du Mérite à la Palme Argentée.

Aujourd'hui je pense à ma grand-mère, à ma mère, à mes tantes, à ma famille qui de Paris à Londres faisaient vivre l'âme libanaise à la maison.

Citoyen du monde déraciné, le Liban coule dans mes veines. Cet héritage m'oblige chaque jour. Cet amour réciproque me rend heureux et fier.

 

 

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🔴L'Orient-Le Jour

https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1247856

 

Mika dans l’Ordre du Mérite libanais

 

Le chanteur libano-britannique au cœur d’or avait organisé un concert en direct sur Internet le 19 septembre au profit des victimes de l'explosion dévastatrice au port de Beyrouth.

 

OLJ / Par M.G.H, le 12 janvier 2021 à 09h58

 

Le chanteur libano-britannique au cœur d’or avait organisé un concert en direct sur Internet le 19 septembre au profit des victimes de l'explosion dévastatrice au port de Beyrouth.

 

OLJ / Par M.G.H, le 12 janvier 2021 à 09h58

 

Mika recevant les insignes de l’Ordre du Mérite au grade argenté des mains de l’ambassadeur du Liban à Paris Rami Adwan. Photo tirée du compte Facebook de Mika

 

« I Love Beirut, c'était un concert après le traumatisme de la catastrophe du port. I Love Beirut, c'est ma déclaration d’amour à cette ville et ce pays qui j'ai quitté à l'âge d'un an et demi. I Love Beirut c’est ce que j'ai envie de dire après avoir reçu la médaille de l’Ordre national du Mérite au grade argenté. »

 

C’est par ces mots que l’artiste Mika a réagi lundi soir sur ses comptes Facebook, Instagram et Twitter à l’issue de sa décoration par le président de la République libanaise Michel Aoun des insignes de l’Ordre du Mérite au grade argenté. Elles lui ont été remises par l’ambassadeur du Liban à Paris, Rami Adwan, dans « un cadre restreint et familial », précise un communiqué de l’ambassade du Liban à Paris.

 

🔴 Beirut Obserber

https://www.beirutobserver.com/2021/01/2378331/

وسام رئاسي لبناني للفنان ميكا لدعمه البلاد بعد انفجار المرفأ

 

January 12, 2021

 

 

تنويهاً باندفاع الفنان العالمي اللبناني الأصل مايكل هولبروك بينيمان الشهير باسم Mika الذي جنّد طاقاته لمساعدة لبنان بعد انفجار مرفأ بيروت، وتقديراً لمساهمته في رفع صورة لبنان، منحه الرئيس اللبناني ميشال عون وسام الاستحقاق الوطني من الدرجة الفضية، وقلَّده الوسام السفير اللبناني في فرنسا رامي عدوان في حفلٍ رسمي اتسم بأجواء عائلية.

ولفت السفير اللبناني إلى أن “الوسام قد مُنح لفنانٍ نجح في جمع الموسيقى والشعر والألوان في آنٍ واحد، كعربون تقديرٍ من شعبٍ بأكمله لشخص الفنان المتمسك بجذوره اللبنانية، والمتميّز بإنسانيته، وهو الذي لم يتوانَ يومًا عن تقديم المساعدة للأطفال من ذوي الاحتياجات الخاصة”.

وثمّن في كلمته “اندفاع الفنان الذي جنَّد طاقاته بعد فاجعة الرابع من آب/أغسطس 2020، متحدياً القيود الصحية والاجتماعية المفروضة، لتنظيم حفل موسيقي افتراضي دعمًا للبنان ولعاصمته وشعبه”.

من جهته، عبّر Mika عن “عميق تأثره بهذا التكريم الوطني الذي يشرّفه كما ويشرف والديه اللذين حرصا على أن يكون للبنان موقعٌ خاصٌ في قلب ووجدان أولادهم الخمسة”.

وكان ميكا نظّم حفلاً فنياً تحت عنوان “I love Beirut أحب بيروت” في “تياترو نيكوليني”، واستمر ساعة و40 دقيقة، وشاركته فيه الممثلة سلمى حايك اللبنانية الأصل ومشاهير من العالم، وجمع الحفل تبرّعات لمساعدة المتضرّرين من الانفجار.

 

🔴 Al kalima online

http://www.alkalimaonline.com/Newsdet.aspx?id=543805

 

رئيس الجمهورية منح MIKA وساما وسفير لبنان في فرنسا قلده اياه

 

صدر عن سفارة لبنان في فرنسا بيان أشار الى "ان السفير رامي عدوان، قلد الفنان العالمي اللبناني الأصل Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr.المعروف ب Mika، وسام الاستحقاق الوطني من الدرجة الفضية الذي منحه اياه رئيس الجمهورية العماد ميشال عون، تكريما لعطاءاته الفنية ونجاحاته الدولية وتقديرا لمساهمته في رفع صورة لبنان.

وللمناسبة، أقيم حفل رسمي اتسم بأجواء عائلية. وشدد السفير عدوان في كلمته على "أن الوسام قد منح لفنان نجح في جمع الموسيقى والشعر والألوان في آن واحد، كعربون تقدير من شعب بأكمله لشخص الفنان المتمسك بجذوراللبنانية، والمتميز بإنسانيته، وهو الذي لم يتوان يوما عن تقديم المساعدة للأطفال من ذوي الاحتياجات الخاصة.

ونوه السفير عدوان باندفاع الفنان الذي جند طاقاته بعد فاجعة الرابع من آب 2020، متحديا القيود الصحية والاجتماعية المفروضة، لتنظيم حفل موسيقي افتراضي دعما للبنان ولعاصمته وشعبه.

بدوره، أعرب الفنان Mika عن عميق تأثره بهذا التكريم الوطني الذي يشرفه كما ويشرف والديه اللذين حرصا على أن يكون للبنان موقع خاص في قلب ووجدان أولادهم الخمسة".

 

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صدر عن سفارة لبنان في فرنسا بيان أشار الى “ان السفير رامي عدوان، قلد الفنان العالمي اللبناني الأصل Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr.المعروف بـ Mika، وسام الاستحقاق الوطني من الدرجة الفضية الذي منحه اياه رئيس الجمهورية العماد ميشال عون، تكريما لعطاءاته الفنية ونجاحاته الدولية وتقديرا لمساهمته في رفع صورة لبنان.

وللمناسبة، أقيم حفل رسمي اتسم بأجواء عائلية. وشدد السفير عدوان في كلمته على “أن الوسام قد منح لفنان نجح في جمع الموسيقى والشعر والألوان في آن واحد، كعربون تقدير من شعب بأكمله لشخص الفنان المتمسك بجذوراللبنانية، والمتميز بإنسانيته، وهو الذي لم يتوان يوما عن تقديم المساعدة للأطفال من ذوي الاحتياجات الخاصة.

ونوه السفير عدوان باندفاع الفنان الذي جند طاقاته بعد فاجعة الرابع من آب 2020، متحديا القيود الصحية والاجتماعية المفروضة، لتنظيم حفل موسيقي افتراضي دعما للبنان ولعاصمته وشعبه.

بدوره، أعرب الفنان Mika عن عميق تأثره بهذا التكريم الوطني الذي يشرفه كما ويشرف والديه اللذين حرصا على أن يكون للبنان موقع خاص في قلب ووجدان أولادهم الخمسة”.

 

 

 
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Mika receives Lebanon’s National Order of Merit for Beirut tribute concert
Saeed Saeed
Updated: January 12, 2021 06:47 PM
 
Held last September, the event raised funds for the recovery effort after the Beirut Port explosion
 

Mika's concert for Beirut has been honoured by the Lebanese government.

The French-Lebanese singer was awarded the Lebanese National Order of Merit – Silver Palm, for his I Love Beirut concert.

 

In an image posted to his Instagram page, the pop star is seen holding the medal beside his brother, Fortune, with the Lebanese flag in the background.

 

In the post, Mika spoke of his pride at accepting the award, noting the sacrifices made by his family, as well as praising the resilient spirit of the Lebanese people.

 

"Today I think of my Lebanese grandmother, my mother, my aunts, my family, who brought the Lebanese soul to my life at home, in Paris, in London, everywhere I lived," he said on Instagram.

 

"Citizen of this uprooted world, Lebanon flows through my veins. This reciprocal love, so unexpected and so poignant, makes me happy and very proud of my heritage, especially in these difficult times for Lebanon. Thank you from me and all my family.”

A big production

The achievement caps off a worthy and momentous task for Mika.

Held on September 19, after the Lebanese capital's August 4 port explosion, Mika corralled friends and crew to produce the pre-recorded concert, which was shot in Beirut, London, Rome and Los Angeles. The show featured nearly a dozen guest singers, including Kylie Minogue, Rufus Wainwright and Lebanese artists such as poet Etel Adnan and indie group Mashrou’ Leila.

Proceeds from the ticketed streams went to Red Cross Lebanon and Save the Children, which both remain involved in the recovery efforts in Beirut.

 

Mika was born in Beirut before fleeing with his family to Paris in 1982 at the age of one, because of the civil war.

 

While a British citizen, he has never forgotten his roots. Throughout his 16-year career, with hits including Grace Kelly and Relax, Take It Easy, he has often spoke at length about the role his heritage plays in his work.

 

During his career, Mika has performed a number of sold-out concerts in Lebanon, including a 2010 appearance as part of the Baalbeck International Festival and a 2015 gig in Beirut.

 

In 2013, at the Mawazine Festival in Morocco, Mika said his dream project was to release an album of songs performed in English, Arabic and French.

 

He said the concept was inspired by growing up among the Lebanese diaspora in Paris. “I was surrounded by a people who spoke three languages in one sentence,” he said.

 

“I grew up listening to Arabic music in that context. I was listening to people like Fairuz and the purity of the likes of Umm Kulthum and all these other acts that I discovered. That made me realise how much of that clash of cultures has influenced my music."

 

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