Monday , July 26 2021

Gaza's only grand piano made a public comeback



Twenty years ago, the Japanese government donated piano following the interruption peace agreement between Israel and Palestinian. At that time, Gaza was conceived to be the Middle East's Singapore.

Culture Ministry official Fez Sarsavi was responsible for receiving piano, which was placed in a large theater in the newly built Al-Nawars Resort in North Gaza. He said music festivals were a regular activity in 2000 before the start of the second Palestinian rebellion against Israeli occupation.

In 2007, the resort closed the theater and swimming pool, and after the Hasas, Islamic militant group, after gaining legislative elections by reducing most of the activities, Gaza effectively took control. Under the Hamas regime, many forms of public entertainment including bars, movie theaters and concert halls have been closed.

The next Israeli-Egyptian blockade, which was to weaken Hamas, and severe damage after three-week war with Israel in January 2009 completely stopped this remedy.

The piano was silenced and used by 2014, when Israeli aircraft carrier El Nawras Hall was destroyed during the third war with Hamas. Piano was miraculously found dissatisfied, but ricky and unplayable.

Then join the Japan International Cooperation Agency, which sponsors development programs in Gaza.

The Foreign Ministry of Japan confirmed that the piano was donated to the Palestinian Authority in 1998. Cooperation Agency workers took a serial number and contacted its manufacturer Yamaha. The company confirmed that this tool was manufactured between 1997 and 1998.

Cooperative Agency's representative, Yuko Mitsui, said "everything matched."

The Belgian Non-Profit Group Music Fund, which endorses music instruction in Palestinian areas, sent a French expert in 2015 to restore the piano. Other Belgian repatriators visited Gaza last month and gave the final touch to this tool. A limited, private concert was held as a trial.

On Sunday evening, all 300 seats in the Palestine Red Crescent Society Theater Hall were occupied with fans of all ages.

Kairou, the pianist, used to stroke the keys simply because opera singer Fujiko Hirah performed Japanese folk songs. Fantasy on Sakura Sakura.

She first attended Yasmin Aliyan, a 22-year-old piano concert. She said, "I liked how people talked" with artists. "This encourages me to learn the piano."

Gaza has a music school, Edward Said Conservatory, with 180 students. It is lacking in funds and works in some rented rooms at major ambulance stations of rescue services.

A group of Conservatory students partnered with Japanese artists and played a Palestinian national anthem by drawing audiences heavily from the audience.

Ismail Dawood, who is the school-headed conductor, said that it is difficult to bring piano due to his weight and his values ​​in Gaza, but his school is "very much needed."

In 2009, the Washington-based subsidiary Ana bought two straight pianos in Gaza and helped arrange their crossings through a strictly closed border of Israel.

Now, the Ministry of Culture has given the piano to the Conservatory – "at the place where it is and where it should be," said Doude. "Resurrection of piano is like the resurgence of Palestinian people."

AP


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