Hundreds are expected to attend a concert by Syrian-American musician Malek Jandali that aims to raise money for refugees, especially children. Part of the money will go toward Jandalis efforts to take music and concerts to refugees in camps, he said. The event has become somewhat controversial in parts of the Arab-American community. Some are refusing to take part because its being held at a Jewish center, organizers said. Others oppose it because the musician and some of the organizers oppose Syrian President Bashar Assad. Jandali and others helping to organize the concert said its unfortunate there is division over an event intended to help children. Jandali said the Jewish center was selected for the concert on purpose because he wants people to cross through social and political barriers so we can be human. Stop dividing our noble cause with silly things, he said. Dr. Yahya Basha of West Bloomfield , who is of Syrian descent and a longtime leader in the Arab-American and Muslim-American communities, supports the concert. He said it will highlight the magnitude of the tragedy of Syria. More than 6 million Syrians have been displaced because of the war, including about 2 million refugees who fled the country. There are about 10,000 Syrian Americans in Michigan. John Akouri, a Lebanese-American leader from Farmington Hills who will emcee the event, said: Shame on anyone who brings politics or religion into this concert. Everyone is welcome. This is America. Jandalis parents were reportedly attacked in Syria by forces supporting Assad after he played a song in 2011 calling for freedom.
29 for a special show. Post to Facebook Celine Dion to perform NYC concert for superfans on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1g6Cxb2 Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 1 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Celine Dion to perform NYC concert for superfans Haley Blum, USA TODAY 2:40 p.m. EDT October 11, 2013 The free Pandora-sponsored show in New York City will celebrate her new album, ‘Loved Me Back to Life.’ Celine Dion performs on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City on July 27, 2013. (Photo: ClEment Allard, AP) SHARE 171 CONNECT 24 TWEET 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE If you’re 21 or older, live in the tri-state area, have added a Celine Dion station on Pandora and consider yourself a passionate fan of the Canadian singer you may be in luck. Internet radio Pandora is bringing Dion to New York City’s Edison Ballroom on Oct. 29 for a special show in its Pandora Presents series. The concert, in anticipation of Dion’s upcoming album, Loved Me Back to Life, is free. The catch?