“For Ruba Saqr, even the most unconventional dreams can come true,” a recent Jordan Times article started off. The newspaper’s reporter called me the day after I sent a short announcement saying I just came back from Uzbekistan after representing Jordan at the Sixth International Music Festival of Samarqand. I performed three of my originals the 2nd night of the Festival, and on the 4th night – on August 30, 2007 – I was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Best Performance Bridging Traditional and Contemporary Traditions.
I went there as a solo singer/songwriter from Jordan, accompanied by my companion and friend, my black acoustic Fender guitar. It was a magical moment, singing at a venue that took one back hundreds and hundreds of years… to times when Sufis used to chant mantras at the Madrasas (schools) surrounding the Registan Square. (more…)