Local, German hip-hop artists steal the show

Updated 02 February 2013
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Local, German hip-hop artists steal the show

Saudi and German artists have once again proved that music is a universal language that has no boundaries or borders.
The “Jeddah Hip-Hop Jam” was organized as a unique cross-cultural musical event by the German Consulate General on Wednesday.
The German Consul Ulrich Maier, welcomed guests on behalf of the head of the mission, Dr. Rolf Theodor Schuster and introduced the artists.
Consul Maier said the objective of the event was to bring together aficionados of music from Saudi Arabia and Germany to further the cultural exchange between the two countries.“We never had such a joint venture before,” said Consul Maier.
The performance of outstanding German hip hop artist Max Herre and the famous Saudi rapper Qusai, aka Don Legend the Kamelion, the ME Hip Hop Ambassador, and the talented local hip-hop groups Jeddah Fam, aka J-FAM, in addition to Run Junction, enthralled audiences.
Anwar Idress from Universal Legend Entertainment said that the initiative of the German Consulate was extremely helpful in promoting Saudi talent.
It also gave insight into the works of German artists. The Consulate is extremely hopeful in seeing more of such events in Jeddah in the future where they can perform with artists and musicians of other countries.


‘Kim Jong Un’ poses for selfies in Singapore ahead of Trump summit

Updated 28 May 2018
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‘Kim Jong Un’ poses for selfies in Singapore ahead of Trump summit

SINGAPORE: Surprised Singaporeans pursued North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday before realizing the portly man with slick black hair near the Marina Bay Sands hotel was an impersonator.
“It looked like the real Kim Jong Un, but later I realized it’s not the real one,” said Sagar Admuthe who was visiting from Mumbai, India, after several selfies with the doppleganger against a backdrop of the city’s bay.
“When you see him, it’s very difficult to make out.”
The Australian-Chinese man posing as the North Korean leader calls himself only Howard X and said he was appearing to wish success for a summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump to negotiate an end to the North’s nuclear program.
Howard X also made an appearance as Kim at the Winter Olympics in Gangneung in South Korea in February, bewildering North Korean cheerleaders who initially thought their leader had walked into a hockey stadium.
“I think the two leaders will sit down and they’re going to have a great time, because really they have the same personality,” he said on Sunday. “They are going to be best friends right after this meeting.”|
Trump signalled that preparations for a June 12 summit with Kim were going ahead, despite having called it off last week, and a White House team was scheduled to depart for Singapore this weekend to prepare for the possible summit.
Howard X said Kim’s rise as the third leader of North Korea in 2011 has proved lucrative for him, jump starting a new career in films, commercials and private functions, most often in his home town of Hong Kong.
“I said that guy looks a lot like me, and I thought, wow, I need to do something with this and make some money,” Howard X added.
“This is my normal body,” he said, when asked if he had to put on weight to impersonate the North’s leader. “But he’s fatter, and I can’t catch up ... it’ll damage my health.”
Howard X, who is a musician by training and said he still produces Brazilian music sung in Chinese, said his partner known as Dennis Alan impersonates Trump. Although he could not join him this week, both will return before the summit.
“Hey Donald, I’m already in Singapore, waiting for you to turn up,” Howard X said.