Many singers and artists begin their career a multitude of ways. For Mohammad Assaf, this way was by being a wedding singer in a refugee camp in Gaza; from there he went on to win “Arab Idol”. After Mohammad Assaf won “Arab Idol” he became a superstar in the Arab World, and now that he has “conquered” that side of the world he is attempting to do the same with North America.
In 2013 Mohammad Assaf went on a nine week tour of all the larger cities in North America, from Detroit to Tampa, which have a large amount of Arab World immigrants in them. Every show was packed during this tour and tickets were very expensive, about $350 per ticket and entire extended families would go to see a show. Mohammad Assaf does not draw a specific gender or age group towards his performances. It was said that grown men rushed to touch him, and mothers in head scarves embraced their squealing daughters.” This quote alone shows that Mohammad Assaf draws in people of different ages and genders; this could be the very reason why he won “Arab Idol”. A woman who was interviewed said that the reactions of some women were very similar to that of women at a concert such as NSync; women would throw kaffiyeh, a Bedouin Arab’s kerchief used as a headdress, similar to women throwing their panties up on stage.
There are many aspects of the music business that are hard to stay away from, especially politics. As much as Mohammad Assaf tried to focus on his music and stay away from politics, he did become entangled in them. The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, endorsed him during “Arab Idol” which then led to Mohammad Assaf being a good-will ambassador and getting a diplomatic passport. One can come to the conclusion that this is because his concerts in North America can be said to bring different cultures together.
His story is one that many people know and is a big reason why he is so popular. It is a rags to riches story, so to speak. He grew up in a refugee camp and spent the first part of his life suffering, but now things are better for him. He is a pop star now with political influence. Moral of this story is that anything can happen.