Sting receives Arab American award

In a surprise visit to Washington, D.C., Jordan’s Queen Noor awarded Sting the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Award given by the Arab American Institute Foundation. Sting was praised by the Jordanian queen for his work on preserving the rain forest and praised by Secretary of State Colin Powell for his work on human rights issues. Sting‘s hit song “Desert Rose,” which featured the voice and lyrics Algerian singer Cheb Mami, brought Arabic music to the world’s forefront.

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