Marcel is the artist of Good Looking Records' Cookin' Records imprint. He had two albums at the German company UCMG/Mole Listening Pearls (Viginti etduo, Cirrus maximus), but his new album will come out in 2004 June at Good Looking's downtempo sublabe Cookin' Records. You can find his latest releases on the Good Looking Records' cd Earth vol.6., "Jealous" and "Solitudo 3". Marcel also records as Carmel alterego.
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Marcel Khalife (Arabic: مرسيل خليفة; b. June 10, 1950, Amchit, Mount Lebanon Governorate, Lebanon) is a Lebanese composer, singer and oud player. From 1970 to 1975, he taught at the conservatory in Beirut. In 1976, he created Al Mayadeen Ensemble and became famous all over the world for songs like Ummi (My Mother), Rita w'al-Bunduqiya (Rita and the Rifle) and Jawaz al-Safar (Passport), based on Mahmoud Darwish's poetry.
In 1999 he was granted the Palestine Award for Music. In turn, he contributed the financial portion of the award to the National Conservatory of Music at Birzeit University in Palestine. In 2005, Khalife was named UNESCO Artist for Peace.