BEIRUT: The iconic Lebanese songstress Majida al-Roumi was honored with the Order of the Cedars Saturday evening by President Michel Sleiman.
She received the award, which is the highest decoration in Lebanon, after performing as part of the Jounieh International Festival at the Fouad Chehab stadium.
Roumi, born in Kfarshima, Baabda, in 1957, performed songs old and new, from “Saufa Nabqa” (We Will Stay), “Kalimaat” (Words) and her latest song “Lebanon,” the lyrics to which she wrote herself.
She was accompanied by an orchestra, led by Simon al-Asmar’s protégé, Elie al-Alia, and pantomime artists, Faik Humassi and Aida Sabra.
Also in attendance at the event were Samir Geagea, leader of the Lebanese Forces, and Michel Aoun, leader of the Free Patriotic Movement. Roumi gave a short speech during the concert, in which she said she was very happy that this celebration had gathered political leaders.
She also paid tribute to her father, the prominent musician Halim al-Roumi, born in Nasra in 1919 before migrating to Lebanon in 1936, dedicating the song “Salouna” (They Asked Us) to him.
The Order of the Cedars is given rarely, and bestowed for “great services rendered to Lebanon, for acts of courage and devotion of great moral value, as for years in public service.”
The festival continues until July 3.