Kids From War-Torn Gaza Risk Their Lives To Show This Performance On The ‘Got Talent’ Stage [VIDEO]
A band called Al Takht Al Sharqi had an extremely emotional story on Arab’s Got Talent that forever left a mark on the world. The kids of Palestine had to try and cross the border four times to get to Beirut to be apart of the show. Their brevity and talent received nothing but praise and even earned them the Golden Buzzer. Take a look at their 2015 audition below.
Kids Of Palestine Shared Their Story With The World On ‘Arab’s Got Talent’
The group Al Takht Al Sharqi or the Kids Of Palestine as they became known are one of the most remarkable acts to ever perform on any ‘Got Talent’ show. The group features four boys and a girl aged between 12 and 16. They grew up in war-torn Gaza and studied at Gaza’s Edward Said National Conservatory of Music. “I would play the darbuka [goblet drum] to try and drown out the sound of the bombardment, but the strikes were always louder,” group member Ramzi al-Far said of the unrest in the country. They previously tried to audition for the show three times before.
“We couldn’t, the checkpoints were closed, and there was no way for us to leave Gaza,” group member Al Sersawi said prior to their audition. “During the war, studying stopped because there was no way for us to go to school or the conservatory, but there were times when we’d get a respite, sometimes five days, three days at a time, maybe just one day, so we’d get together to film videos of our performance to send to the TV program because we really wanted to take part.”
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They were finally able to leave Gaza on their forth try. All five members of Al Takht Al Sharqi finally crossed into Egypt. They were able to take a bus to the airport in Cairo, and boarded a flight to Beirut. “We wanted to show that Gaza has talent, Palestine has talent,” they said in their pre-performance interview. “The road was so long in the bus. We slept in the airport for one night, it was hard.” But it was all worth it for a chance to take the Arab’s Got Talent stage. Once on stage for their unforgettable audition, they performed the song “Alallah T’oud” by late Lebanese singer Wadih El Safi. They actually received the Golden Buzzer from Al Qasabi during their performance to advance them to the next round of the competition. The members of Al Takht Al Sharqi were crying and so happy.
Where Are They Now?
Al Takht Al Sharqi shockingly failed to make it through to the final round of the show. “When I first went on stage I was so afraid, and I wasn’t happy with the judges’ comments,” group member Al Madhoun said after their semifinals performance. “But we didn’t expect to perform like this. But I was just so afraid and nervous.” In 2017, news broke that the group’s former manager Majd Oweida was sentenced to nine years in Israeli prison for reportedly hacking into the Israeli military’s drone network.
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Unfortunately, it hasn’t been so easy trying to find the group on social media. However, the school in which they studied at Gaza’s Edward Said National Conservatory of Music is still up and running. But, none of the members of Al Takht Al Sharqi are listed as alumni. Still, we can hope that the group continues to play together or has continued to pursue their interest in music outside of Arab’s Got Talent.