Lebanese-Brazilian GP2 Driver Felipe Nasr Scores His Fourth Victory At Spa-Francorchamps

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Carlin racer Felipe grabbed his fourth GP2 victory of the season at Spa-Francorchamps today and closed the gap on points leader Jolyon Palmer. Luiz Felipe de Oliveira Nasr is a Brazilian-Lebanese auto racing driver. He is the 2009 Formula BMW Europe season champion and the 2011 British Formula Three season champion. He is also the official test driver for Williams F1 Team.

All racing drivers love winning at Spa-Francorchamps as it’s one of the most beautiful and exciting races. It’s personally my all-time favorite.

Congrats to Felipe and I hope we will see him in F1 soon.

via Autosport.me

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My ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video

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I decided not to take the ice bucket after all and just donate money to the ALS instead. I hope this thing dies out in Lebanon soon enough because most people are now doing it just for fun and wasting water without even spreading awareness or actually donating.

For those interested, you can donate [Here].

Tarek Yamani: Jazz With A Lebanese Accent

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Tarek was born and raised in Beirut and is an award winning composer and a self-taught jazz pianist. He has performed all over the world, was invited to be among the 32 musicians from 13 countries to perform in the inaugural of the “International Jazz Day” held at the UN headquarters in New York and founded, organized & produced a unique initiative called “Beirut Speaks Jazz” which aims to promote jazz in Lebanon by igniting adventurous collaborations between artists from the worlds of rock, pop, tarab, rap, blues and alternative over the foundations of jazz. [TarekYamani]

For all Jazz lovers, check out this recent article on Tarek’s latest album Lisan el Tarak, where he merged Afro American Jazz with Arabic rhythms, and listen to the tracks [Here].

With him, Tarek brought his Arabic musical heritage to the United States. Arabic rhythms like the Dabke or the Sama’i. Treasures from the Great Arabic Songbook called Muwashahat. And most importantly Tarab, a basic concept of the Arab musical world, meant to induce trance and ecstasy in the musicians and the audience alike, particularly in live performances. It was in New York where it all merged: the Afro American Jazz and the Arabic music. It was in New York where Tarek refined his own brand of music, the Afro Tarab. It was in New York where Lisan al Tarab was recorded.

New Dabke, finally, is Tarek Yamani’s own composition. It features a pearling piano that culminates in the true essence of Tarab, the “let go”. There is ecstasy, there is trance, and one would hope that this song goes on for hours, until a full transcendence of the mind is reached, until all self-control has vanished.

Lisan al Tarab is the perfect expression for what Tarek is doing. It is a play on words with Lisan al Arab, the most comprehensive dictionary of the Arabic language that Ibn Manzur had completed in 1290. Tarek Yamani clearly acts in the tradition of Ibn Manzur. Where the elder explained and interpreted classical Arabic words, the younger has produced an audio book on reinterpreting Tarab. Differently said: this is Jazz with a Lebanese accent.

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CNN: Exploring The Secrets Of Beirut

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We need hours and hours to explore the hidden gems of our beloved city Beirut. I hope to see more of these videos.

Check it out [Here] and what Zawarib is all about [Here].

Throughout our #CTWLiveFrom tour across the Middle East we’ve been keen to show you the unknown sides of the cities we’ve visited through the eyes of those who live there and know them best. Bahi Ghubril was our ideal candidate in the Lebanese capital Beirut. He’s the publisher of the city’s first street atlas, Zawarib, and has been exploring the hidden gems of the city for years.

Lebanese Jalal Al Abani Is Cycling From Germany To Lebanon

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Jalal is a Lebanese student who’s attempting to cycle about 3000km through eight countries in a period of two months. He started his journey from Regensburg in Germany a couple of weeks ago and has entered the fifth country Romania as of yesterday. He will be taking a ferry from Turkey to Tripoli in Lebanon due to the situation in Syria.

That’s a pretty fun ride! I hope he gets home safely. You can follow updates on his Facebook page [Here].

Another Lebanese called Gloria Nasr ran from Paris to Lebanon last year.

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