Marcel Khalife

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Marcel Khalife
مارسيل على العود-2.jpg
Background information
Birth nameMarcel Khalife
Born (1950-06-10) June 10, 1950 (age 70)
Amsheet, Mount Lebanon Governorate, Lebanon
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, oud player
Years active1972–present

Marcel Khalife (Arabic: مرسيل خليفة‎; b. June 10, 1950, Amsheet, Mount Lebanon Governorate, Lebanon) is a Lebanese composer, singer, and oud player.


Khalife performing at May Day celebration in Beirut

In 1983, Paredon Records, now Smithsonian Folkways, released Promises of the Storm, a small collection of protest songs and political ballads.[1]


In July 2009, Khalife returned to Tunisia to perform on the stage of the Roman amphitheatre to a full house, as part of the 45th International Festival of Carthage. Speaking to the audience, Khalife opened the concert by stating:[2]

People of Tunisia, good evening. This night, like all nights in Tunisia, has a special taste. In spite of all the collapses and defeats around the world, Tunisians are still the kind of people who have a special taste and love. They do not broadcast my songs and concerts on TV, but I know that my public keeps on listening to me.

Khalife later dedicated a song to the "revolutionary leader Che Guevara".[2]

Ana Yousef, ya Abi case[edit]

Three times (1996, 1999 and 2003), he faced criminal prosecution for his song I am Joseph, O Father, written by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.[3]

Personal life[edit]

His eldest son, Juilliard School graduate Rami Khalife, is a pianist and composer.[citation needed] In October 2011, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, under the conductorship of James Gaffigan, premiered Khalife's 'Chaos', for orchestra and piano, with Khalife at the helm as a soloist. In February 2013, Rami Khalife's Arab Spring-inspired 'Requiem' was premiered, within the same program as Marcel Khalife's suite "Oriental".[4]



In 1982, the composer wrote a six-part Anthology of Studying the Oud.[citation needed]



Marcel Khalife has composed soundtracks for films, documentaries and fictions, produced by Maroun Baghdadi, Oussama Mohammed, Sophi Sayhf Eddin and Samir Zikra. His music is also featured in the documentary Occupied Minds produced by Jamal Dajani and David Michaelis.[citation needed] His music featured in the documentary film Sons of Eilaboun by Hisham Zreiq.[12]


Marcel Khalife gave a talk on March 12, 2013, at the American University of Sharjah about his latest CD, The Fall of the Moon, and his longing towards the late Mahmoud Darwish. He also spoke about prospects of publishing his autobiography in two volumes.[13]


Below the discography of Marcel Khalife[14].

Studio albums[edit]

  • Storm Promises (1976)
  • At the Border (1980)
  • Ahmad Al Arabi (1984)
  • Dreamy Sunrise (1985)
  • Ode to a Homeland (1990)
  • Arabic Coffeepot (1995)
  • Voyageur (1998)
  • Jadal (2002)
  • The Bridge (2002)
  • Summer Night's Dream (2003)
  • Promises of the Storm (2003)
  • Caress (2004)
  • Peace Be with You (2006)
  • Taqasim (2006)
  • Sharq (2007)


  • Mounadiloun (Strugglers)
  • Oummi (Mother)

Live albums[edit]

  • Dance (1995)
  • Marcel Khalife: Magic Carpet (1998)
  • Concerto Al Andalus (2002)


  1. ^ Khalife at Smithsonian Folkways
  2. ^ a b Committed Marcel Khalifa Re-visits Fans in Tunisia[dead link] by Iman Zayat, Alarab Online, July 29, 2009
  3. ^ I am Yusuf, oh my father Archived March 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ [1] Archived February 26, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Chambers, David (November 14, 2004). "Washintunes: Marcel Khalife: Caress". Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  6. ^ Chambers, David (January 12, 2004). "Washintunes: Marcel Khalife". Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ "A Most Memorable Concert with Marcel Khalife – Al-Bustan Music Program". Archived from the original on October 17, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  9. ^ "Marcel Khalife in 'Chants of the East' – Al-Bustan Music Program". Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  10. ^
  11. ^ Ali, Mina Sidi; Aley a, Mabrouk ( Neffati )Hosni Ibn; Riad, Nyata; Besson, Martin (May 1, 2018). la paix au son du oud (in French). Geneva: Go Out! Magazine. p. 55.
  12. ^ The Sons of Eilaboun – official website[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ American University of Sharjah (March 14, 2013). "Marcel Khalife Inspires Attendees at an AUS Talk". Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  14. ^ "Marcel Khalife discography". AllMusic.



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