Monday, July 21, 2008

Italy: First Muslim Country singer performs

The pride of Ponca City, Oklahoma.

First Muslim country music singer has shown that Middle-Eastern and Western music can form an exciting new hybrid that builds bridges between cultures.

Kareem Salama, born and raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma in the southern US, is the son of Egyptian immigrants. He began to get into country music while studying in graduate school. He performed in front of a mostly Italian crowd at the Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival held in Rome on Sunday. His songs were well received by the crowed, which energetically clapped after every song. "People in Europe have strong stereotypes about what country music is," said Salama.