For the occasion of a Ramadan music festival at Solomon's Pools, a breathtaking location in the outskirts of Bethlehem, the Trio Joubran returned to their homeland after a long international tour. The anticipation in the vast concert hall was palpable. The three brothers from Nazareth play the oud, a traditionally Palestinian guitar with a curved back that produces haunting sounds. They beautifully incorporated the poetry of the legendary Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, as well as troupe of folk dancers, into their music. Each song was an epic journey in itself, starting as a slow, plaintive elegy to the suffering of the Palestinian people, and gradually rising to a flurry of frenzied strumming. Their energy was such that the brothers were forced to tune their ouds around a dozen times during the concert. 'Music comes from the heart, and is meant for laughter' translated Nidal, a local I met in front of the concert hall. After the concert, the spectators unanimously leaped to their feet and unleashed a torrent of applause that conveyed how moved they were by the music, and the mere presence of the Joubran brothers in Palestine.
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