70-year-old Taresh, who composed Yemen's national anthem, performed a solo of the song with his voice alone

Yemeni icon Ayoub Taresh honored in Istanbul ceremony

Tawakkol Karman International Foundation held a ceremony on Friday in honor of one of Yemen’s most celebrated singers, Ayoub Taresh Absi, who composed the national anthem of the Republic of Yemen.

Held in Istanbul, Turkey, and sponsored by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman, the ceremony was attended by a number of Yemeni intellectuals and citizens who have great respect for the 70-year-old artist.

During his nearly 40-year career, Taresh enjoyed the respect and love of Yemenis across the country as one of the few people who could unite the masses in peace, war and revolution.

The tribute, broadcast on Karman’s Belqees TV, has created a wave of sympathy for Taresh, who suffers from unstable health. Many of his followers feel that he has not been adequately appreciated by official Yemeni cultural authorities.

Yemenis on social media praised Karman for honoring the artist. She held a similar event to honor Yemen's junior football team after qualifying for the Asian Cup in late October, with a ceremony in Doha, Qatar.

During Saturday’s ceremony, Taresh performed a solo of the national anthem with his voice alone, eliciting an emotional outpouring from Yemenis on social media.

See a video of the ceremony here.




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