Category Archives: Music

Anthony Touma sings Billie Jean and stuns all four judges on France’s The Voice


Thank you Naji

I’ve been trying to find a YouTube video but all were blocked for copyrights violation and the one TF1 posted is not available for Lebanon. For those of you who don’t know him, Anthony Touma is a talented singer born in Paris in 1992 but has been living in Lebanon since 1995. He’s been a fan of Michael Jackson ever since he was 4. He also plays the piano since he was 8. [LOrientLeJour]

He is currently participating in The Voice’s French edition on TF1 and his performance yesterday was applauded by all four judges who were all impressed by the young man’s voice. All four judges, Jenifer, Garou, Louis Bertignac and Florent Pagny, wanted him on their team but he ended up by picking Jenifer.

Here is an excerpt from a French article describing Anthony’s performance yesterday:

Anthony Touma a tout quitté pour tenter sa chance en France. Ce jeune garçon est made in Liban et il a pris un aller simple pour Paris afin de faire le casting de The Voice. Il est accompagné de toute sa famille venue spécialement du Liban, donc, pour l’encourager et le soutenir. Sous ses airs de garçon sage façon Freddy Prinze Jr, Anthony a de la voix, du charisme et en plus il sait jouer du piano.

Assis derrière son piano, on se demande bien quel tour va nous jouer le jeune homme. Et dès les premières notes on est subjugués car du haut de ses 20 ans, Anthony Touma est un prodige qui nous offre une reprise surprenante et hallucinante de Billy Jean de Michael Jackson. Il a du groove, du peps, il monte dans les aigus avec une facilité déconcertante. Sans surprise, Anthony séduit les 4 jurés et fait monter les enchères en proposant aux jurés de l’accompagner en chanson pour qu’il puisse faire son choix. [Link]

Here’s his first song and video clip:

And his interview on MTV’s Min el Ekhir 10 months ago:

PS: I will update the post whenever I find the Billie Jean video.

Egyptian lawyer Nabih el Wahsh on Haifa Wehbe


Since Haifa Wehbe is all over Lebanese TVs and billboards lately for some reason, here’s what Egyptian Lawyer Nabih el Wahsh had to say about her last week. I don’t know what’s the deal with this guy but he’s taking things way too personal.

Back in November 2012, Salah Abdel-Maksoud, Egypt’s Information Minister, had forbidden all Egyptian TVs from broadcasting any show including Haifa Wehbe or Elham Chahine. To be honest though, I don’t think anyone would want to be in Egypt these days.

May Hariri loses lawsuit against MTV


After she got eliminated from MTV’s Dance With the Stars second episode (having received the lowest combined votes from judges and viewers), proved to be a sore loser and made a joke out of herself in an interview with Tony Khalife, May Hariri received another blow when she lost the lawsuit against MTV to prevent Lebanese singer Haifa Wehbe from participating in the show’s fifth episode as a special guest.

It would have been better if she remained silent from the start and avoided all this humiliation.

@HaifaWehbe seems more excited than usual about her DWTS performance tonight. I wonder why.

Meet Starnes&Shah


Starnes&Shah, featuring vocal duo Lebanese Dania Abu-Shaheen (guitar/vocals) and Zilpha Starnes (keyboards/vocals), was formed in Astoria, NY in 2005. Bring a poet/songwriter from Lebanon together with a choirgirl from Dallas, Texas, and you get a unique musical counterpoint.

The songs range from pared down acoustic ballads to rock anthems complete with choral arrangements and layered guitar effects. They are stories rendered with Dania’s poetry and music. Zilpha’s harmonies play between exchange and tension to produce a signature sound. [Bio]

Dania and Zilpha have been together for 6 years now and already released three albums, “Summer in the Woodshed” in 2007, and “Pink White Blue Green” in 2009 and “Red Brick Tide” in 2011. They performed so far mainly in US cities, such New York, Boston, Portland, Philadephia and Burlington and at EM Chill in Lebanon last summer.

Starnes&Shah Photo

Starnes&Shah’s latest single is titled “24 Million” and you can listen to it [Here]. This single is from their upcoming fourth album “Shilling for Dreamtown” which is set for release in the summer of 2013.

It’s not really my kind of music but I enjoyed listening to some of their songs. They’re relaxing and both have a good singing voice.

If you want to know more about them, click [Here].

TIME’s Top 10 of Everything 2012

Goran coverage From Azaz August 15
Top 10 pictures of 2012. Picture taken by Goran Tomasevic. Azaz, Syria. Aug. 15, 2012.

I always enjoy reading Time’s Top 10 lists from year to year. Check out the 55 wide-ranging lists [Here].


The HuffingtonPost has a bigger album of 2012′s best pictures that you can check [Here].