British singer Englebert Humperdinck is back in Beirut to perform at Biel on Thursday November 24th at 8.30 pm, at an event organized by Play for Today to raise funds for the Academic University College for Non-violence and Human Rights (AUNOHR). Englebert has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, from his first UK number one ‘Release Me' in 1967 to his top 40 album of duets, ‘Englebert Calling’ in 2014. Agenda Culturel correspondent Steve Hill caught up with Engelbert for a quick chat in Beirut.
Many young people in Lebanon are starting out in music. What advice can you give them?
It is important to listen and to learn. Don’t be afraid to learn from the best – you cannot start from scratch. You will develop your own style and interpretations in time, but start by copying the best. I did! All learners need a teacher.
Why are you so popular in Lebanon?
I guess I got lucky. My music is romantic and non-controversial. Everyone loves romance, with its universal promise of hope and fresh starts. Besides, Lebanon loves a good singer, and a good ballad, though usually in French or Arabic. I see myself as an entertainer, working with my voice, but also my eyes and my body language. Every performance, every song, is an act. I am a “thespian of song.” Bob Hope said that you should entertain people in difficult places, and in difficult times. It is a pleasure to be back in Beirut, amongst these warm and generous people.
The Eurovision Song Contest is very popular. You represented the UK in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Love will set you free’, coming 25th out of 26. Why doesn’t Britain have more success at Eurovision?
The straight answer is that Britain has too much talent. Success at Eurovision is no longer about the singer and the song – it is about cultural and political alliances!
A final question – how did Leicester do so well in the English Premier League last season?
Everyone would like to know that! I am a son of Leicester, and it was wonderful. Every time I go home I try to see a match, and I am looked after very well. I have even held the Premiership Trophy in my hands – that was special.
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