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Palestinian Musician Haitham Shomali to be Awarded; Perform at Convention

Palestinian Musician Haitham Shomali to be Awarded and Will Perform at ADC National Convention

Washington, D.C. | www.adc.org | May 29th, 2014 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is pleased to announce that Palestinian musician Haitham Shomali will be recognized for his success at the upcoming 2014 ADC National Convention: It takes a Community! Haitham will also perform on the evening of Saturday June 14, as part of the Saturday Evening Gala. ADC has chosen Haitham to receive the 2014 Excellence in Arts Award for his positive service as a role model for the youth and for being the first Palestinian artist to successfully arrange, compose, write and release his own productions while successfully releasing his own brand of music.

Haitham is well known for his success on Arab Superstar in 2006. After Superstar Haitham has gone on to continued success in writing and composing his own music. Through his production company, Shomali Group Productions, Haitham has topped the charts with hit after hit. This is Haithams first performance in the United States after his appearance on Superstar.

Following Superstar, Haitham was the only performer of that group to emerge and release the big musical hit and music video, “Shu Emelte Fee”.  This song is still popular today and is recognized all over the World as one of the great songs requested at almost any event. Youtube clips of Haitham’s hits can be found below!

ADC invites you join Haitham Shomali and the Arab-American community on June 12-15th at the ADC National Convention. The 34th Annual ADC National Convention will be held at the Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. Haitham will perform in concert at 10:30pm on Saturday, June 14th, 2014, following ADC’s Saturday Night Awards Gala.

Tomorrow is the final day for the early bird discount.  Register for the 2014 ADC National Convention by May 30th to receive a $100 discount.  Click here to register for the ADC National Convention and reserve your hotel room today! 


About Haitham Shomali:

Haitham Shomali is Palestinian and has been in the music industry his entire life. From childhood, growing up with a musical family and the youngest of 6, Haitham stood out among his siblings to sing with the vocal strength of none his age.  His musical genius allowed him to master a total of 15 instruments on his own.  At the age of 7, Haitham appeared his first music video with the help of his father. 

Haitham has lived all over the Middle East and the World. In 2001, he moved to the US to to complete his schooling, returning to the Middle East in 2006 after winning a slot and making it to the very last finals in the Mid-East’s version of American Idol. Click here to view Haitham’s performance in Superstar 2006. 

In 2008, Haitham sang on a movie soundtrack, sponsored by Pepsi, titled “Baher El Nojoom.” This included his second successful song titled, “Tlatee Mnaen,” which he wrote, composed and arranged.  In that same album, he composed veteran singer, Wael Khfoury’s song, “Shu Mbakakee.”  

In 2009, he composed a new song for the artist Ayman Zbeeb, called “Ma Bdaa Tooul,” and compositions for several other artists have followed since. The next year, in 2010, Haitham, created his third popular, single called, “Shu Sayer.” This song was also composed by him, and arranged by artist Michael Fadel.

In 2012, Haitham released his first full album titled, “Jowa El’Alb,” which has been a success. The list of his success and draw to fans continues as you will find that Haitham now boasts a verified page on Facebook with over 560K in followers (www.facebook.com/haithamshomali ) from all over the Middle East. Haitham can also be found on several phone apps. Yala and Anghami are two of the most popular music applications that regularly list him as a top artist.

Haitham recently returned from several visits to Egypt and Lebanon. Just last week he was a guest on, Saba7 El Khair Ya Arab, a very popular Lebanese television show where he discussed his most recent completion of a musical commercial for the Palestinian telecommunications provider, Jawaal. After the video was released, it was widely agreed that he shined as the commercials star.

He loves his homeland and visits Palestine often.  He has composed a heart felt song about his pain for his Country titled, “Watan ElSalam“. 

This past year Haitham was invited to sing at two of the largest concerts held in the country. One was at the, Borak Solayman, arena and the other was the Annual Festival in Nazereth. You can view some video footage of the concerts below.  In the footage Haitham sings some of his hits along with traditional songs about Palestine. The crowd always loves his presence on the stage, and it is obvious he loves them back.


Register for the ADC National Convention: It takes a Community!

Register by May 30 and get a $100 discount ($99 for students, $199 for ADC Members, and $299 for Non-Members) 

Take advantage of the ADC Special Hotel Room rate of only $109! This special offer expires soon, so don’t wait. Click here to reserve your hotel room today!

Student Scholarships still available!

Thanks to a generous donor, scholarships are available for students who wish to attend the upcoming ADC National Convention. Scholarship recipients will be granted an all access Convention package for free! This offer is available to undergraduate and graduate college students. Space is limited, so apply today!

To be considered, please send the following information to convention@adc.org:

  • Full name and contact information
  • Proof of student enrollment (valid student ID, transcript)
  • Explanation as to why you would benefit at the ADC Convention 

Note: A Student Scholarship will entitle you to free registration and access to all meal events. The scholarship does not cover travel expenses or hotel stays. 

Scholarships are are limited.  Apply now by emailing convention@adc.org


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