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Tuesday, January 09, 2007 

Syrian singers win international music award

Lena Chamamyan and Basel Rajoub have won the first ever Radio Monte Carlo Moyen-Orient Music Award.

It was held at the Al Hussein Cultural Centre in Amman. Lena has studied eastern classical music at the Aleppo Conservatory. She has also ventured into jazz and traditional Armenian music.

Basel Rajoub is an Aleppine, who also studied at the Conservatory (eastern and European classical music). He blends eastern and western influences to create unusual sounds, mixing piano and bass.

The award is open to anyone aged under 25 in an Arab country. The winners collect €6000 and a promotional campaign on Radio Monte Carlo.

Presedent Bush has just declared his intention to escalate with Syria and Iran.

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