Young American sings classical Arabic music, wows audiences at talent show
ZOUK MOSBEH, Lebanon (AFP) - Young American Jennifer Grout doesn't speak a word of Arabic, but has taught herself to sing the Arab world's best-known, most difficult songs, and could even win its major music competition.
Her blonde hair loose and without a sign of make-up, the 23-year-old appeared before a panel of judges to audition for the Arabs Got Talent show.
When Egyptian film star and panel member Ahmed Helmy asked her in Arabic what her name was, she didn't have a clue what he was saying.
But then she began to play the oud and sing a classic by Egyptian diva Umm Kalthoum, Baeed Annak (Far from you).