JEDDAH: Several dignitaries, consuls general and high-profile Saudi individuals attended the French Consulate’s Corsican acapella music event to promote peace and serenity.
Performers Tavagna, consisting of seven singers, sang about their childhood, surrounded by nature in Corsica, and their roots, families and friends. The concert also boasted a theatrical dimension.
The idea behind their performance was to share a moment around a rare and typical style of music and songs without instruments.
Founded in 1966, Tavagna’s goal is to promote their culture across the world. The concert aimed at letting the world discover their artistic universe.
Consul General of France Catherine Corm-Kammoun received the guests and said that the consulate is committed to highlighting French culture to promote cultural diversity.
Speaking to Arab News, she added: “We love to share our music from the French culture with a Saudi audience to promote mutual understanding and culture of peace and cohesion.
“In the future we would like to contribute more to cultural events and cooperate with institutions for cultural exchange in Jeddah.”
Cultural Attache Charles-Henri Gros said: “Music is an easy way to bridge cultural divides and learn more about cultural diversity.
“We introduced very typical French songs, particularly in one of our local languages, Corsican, for which we invited the main Corsican group of singers, mostly due to their historical background and the evolution of the members throughout the different generations.”
He added that the singers had created their own deep and melodious sound, and were now recognized for their distinctive energy and exceptional live performances.
Chairman of the board adviser and Jeddah branch manager at the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts Mohammed Al-Subaih said: “It was an amazing and unique experience. The concert felt very much alive, and the lyrics of the songs captivated the audience.
“The common factor in this acapella event is that we have similar music in our Saudi culture. Under Vision 2030, we are looking forward to strengthening the role of art and culture and understanding between countries.”
Tavagna also performed in front of a massive crowd at the University of Business and Technology of Jeddah on Monday night.