US-Lebanese singer relaxes fans in downtown Beirut
Mika, the so-called genius of pop music, enchanted late Sunday some 14,000 of his Lebanese fans in down own Beirut by singing his famous song Relax, Take It Easy, the dpa reported.
Mika, whose real name is Michael Penniman and was born in Beirut from a Lebanese mother and an American father, returned to the city after he was forced to leave it at the outbreak of Lebanon's civil war in 1975-1990.
As he entered the stage he addressed the crowd in Arabic language.
"Hello, I am very happy to be here in Lebanon," he said and waved a Lebanese flag.
Young Lebanese children wearing T-shirts that read "Mika all of Lebanon loves you" gathered at the so-called Martyr square in downtown Beirut, which usually gathers political rallies, were overjoyed to see their favorite singer singing and performing on stage.
Mika, who resides in London has often been compared to Robbie Williams, Scissor Sisters and Freddy Mercury. His first album Life in Cartoon Motion introduces such songs as Grace Kelly, Relax, Take it Easy and Love Today and has beaten all records in Europe and the United States.
"Mika's four Octaves voice drove us wild throughout the concert," said one of Mika's Lebanese fans, Tara Attaya.