Marakeb: Marwan Abado

Marwan Abado is a Palestinian singer, composer and oud player. Born a refugee in Lebanon, he later moved to Austria to continue his studies. Currently performing as a solo musician and member of ensembles in Austria and worldwide. Abado’s music is an improvisational mix of Oriental forms and Western elements.

Marakeb” is Arabic for boats. The lyrics are inspired from the tradition of wishing sailors a safe return home, to the “lost” shores of Palestine.

This performance was held at the Union Chapel.




  1. Anonymous · · Reply

    In other words, he’s a Lebanese Austrian.There’s no such thing as a “Palestinian”.

  2. elisa davinca · · Reply

    @anonymous: to the ignorant there is no thing but the laws of the occupying forces …

  3. Anonymous · · Reply

    elisa davinca,To the ignorant, a Lebanese-Austrian is somehow a citizen of a non-existent country.

  4. Ibn Bint Jbeil · · Reply

    moussa,so sublime and provacotive, thanks.anonymous, palestine exists despite your ignorance, it just does not exist in the world power structure.

  5. Anonymous · · Reply

    Nope, “Palestine” doesn’t exist; never did and never will.Oz and Wonderland don’t either.The best they can ever hope for is Dearborn, which they presently occupy.

  6. Ibn Bint Jbeil · · Reply

    anonymous, from the very real and non-fantastical anonymous-land,that is a very good point: “never, never, oz, wonderland.” those are four very good proofs. i see your point of view now. wow, i never thought i would change my mind so quickly, never thought i would receive such sound argument, delivered with such wit. i think i have to reconsider my whole methodology of logic and reasoning before i can go on. feels devastating. wow. all i can say is dearborn can only grow from here, and growing it is!

  7. Anonymous · · Reply

    LOL! Dearborn-wallad, unlike your non-entity, Israel is very real. Just look at the rubble that is Bint Jbeil today to understand better.The nation of Israel has been connected to the land of Israel for thousands of years. And by the way, we were in Bint Jbeil before you Jonny-come-latelies were. Archaeologists have suggested that the ancient fortified city of En-hazor, which the Book of Joshua describes as having been occupied by the Biblical Tribe of Naphtali, was located in the vicinity (see Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, eds. David Noel Freedman, Astrid B Beck, Allen C Myers, p. 407. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing (2000)).Accept reality or not. It doesn’t matter to me. I’ll still be here in my land- the one that exists.

  8. ya anonymous ya ignorant,The key word in your statement is “suggested”. Need me to define it for you?????

  9. Mr./Ms Anonymous,The so called Israel is a made up state to serve the interest of west colonization. The Jewish were used to serve this purpose. They had been promised to be given Uganda as a state for the Jewish, but later the west colonists changed their strategy and gave Palestine instead. The worst part of the whole scenario is that the so called Israel no more serves the interest of the west. It has disappointed them several times, specially in the July war. The West has found another police to serve them and they are giving up on you dear. So I advise you to go back to your original country and save your neck before you lose everything.

  10. elisa davinca · · Reply

    But Anonymous still can get some readings and loose his/her ignorance: Beside some well done books by Ilan Pape, Tom Segev and many more on the so called Palestine issue: <>< HREF="" REL="nofollow">The Isreal Lobby<><>

  11. Anonymous · · Reply

    <>The key word in your statement is “suggested”.<>Because unlike you, academics aren’t pompous. When evidence clearly points in a certain direction, that’s what they do- suggest.<>The so called Israel is a made up state to serve the interest of west colonization. <>LOL! The nation of Israel existed when you goat-herders were cannibals running around worshipping rocks thousands of years ago. Unfortunately for you, nothing has changed. Fortunately for mankind, we’re still around- and in OUR land. It isn’t “the West”. It’s Allah.<>But Anonymous still can get some readings and loose his/her ignorance: Beside some well done books by Ilan Pape, Tom Segev and many more on the so called Palestine issue: The Isreal Lobby<>There’s no “Palestine issue” because there’s no “Palestine”. You should know that by now.And if you’re going to use the word “ignorance” learn how to spell the rest of your (weak) statement.

  12. Mr/Ms Anonymous…I was trying to elevate the level of discussion but it seems you are still not up to the level. I don’t know what to say… This is the first time in my life I return to God and ask Him for immediate succor: Please God save us from malicious ignorance.

  13. Anonymous · · Reply

    “Bear in mind the words of Moses to his people. He said: ‘Remember, my people, the favor which Allah has bestowed upon you. He has raised up prophets among you, made you into kings, and given to you that which He has given to no other nation. Enter, my people, the Holy Land which Allah has assigned for you. Do not turn back, or you shall be ruined.'” (Quran 5:20-21)“Thereafter We said to the Children of Israel: ‘Dwell securely in the Promised Land, and when the Promise of the Hereafter is near fulfillment, We shall gather you all together.'” (Quran 17:104)Allahu akbar!

  14. Ala' Abu Ghoush · · Reply

    As long as there is Palestinians … Palestine is there !! for me … you dont exist !

  15. I seriously love this song but have no idea what Marwan is singing. Will you please give me a hand?thanks

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