How lucky are we in Bahrain. To have had Award-winning singer and songwriter John Legend, performed last night at Arad Fort.
2,000 people attended the sell out concert and I was one of the lucky ticket holders. What an amazing performance a truly magical night.
The crowd cheered, when Legend told the crowd, it was in fact, not his first time to Bahrain. He attended the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2006 and suprisingly came last in the celebrity race. I think everyone got a little giggle out of that one. He said it was his first and last time to drive a stick gear.
It was particularly moving to hear him speak of his Grandmother. Who came from a very strong, Gospel background and majorly influenced him in his life. Legend said she never saw him make it and dedicated a song to her. A cover of Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge over troubled water. Which for me, was the highlight of the night a long with his spine tingling Oscar-winning song Glory.
The anthem for the film Selma.
"Thank you Bahrain! Thank you for inviting me and for making me feel so welcome here. I love that we’re here tonight to celebrate the Spring of Culture- to celebrate art and its power to bring us together and see each other’s humanity.
When I spoke at the Oscars last week, I quoted one of my favorite artists, American musician Nina Simone. She said that, “It’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live.” So I feel that it’s part of my job to express myself freely and passionately about issues I care about. I walk in the footsteps of so many great artists who came before me who did just that.
When you look at me, you may see the international superstar John Legend, but I am also the descendant of slaves. My grandparents and even my parents were born in a country where many of our schools were legally segregated, where many people who looked like me couldn’t vote and couldn’t expect to have the opportunities for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that were supposed to be the promise of America.
I wrote this song “Glory” for a film called Selma. That film depicts the epic struggle for civil rights, justice and equality led by Dr. Martin Luther King 50 years ago. We haven’t achieved all of the goals that Dr. King fought for. We still have a long way to go.
He goes on to say "Love for our families. Love for our neighbors. Love for the least among us. Love for those who look different or worship differently. Love for those we don’t even know."
The crowd cheered and applauded.
A truly memorable night and a fantastic job done by Spring of Culture. What a way to celebrate your 10th Anniversary.
Unreal to think of Legend singing in front of all the glitz of Hollywood and one week later to be up close in an intimate concert on this very special little island.
Thank you Spring of Culture.
Got to love Bahrain.
Aisling in Bahrain.