With UAE concert, Sami Yusuf does his bit for Syria

Sami Yusuf
Updated 17 December 2016
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With UAE concert, Sami Yusuf does his bit for Syria

DUBAI: British singer Sami Yusuf’s first ever concert in Dubai was held on Friday at Dubai Opera.
During the evening, Yusuf premiered a very special song called “Glorification” which is inspired by the beautiful poetry of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, UAE prime minister and vice president and Dubai ruler.
“Praying for peace everywhere (especially in Syria & Iraq). My concert today at the @DubaiOpera isn’t just another event. It is myresponse to the madness we are witnessing before us,” the singer tweeted.
“There have been a few comments shared accusing me of not being vocal enough regarding the atrocities taking place in Syria and elsewhere. I’m hurt by this. All my efforts today are aimed at preserving & protecting our heritage and tradition(s). I am a musician not a politician nor an activist. We all have different roles to play. As we are witnessing (for the first time ever) the unbelievable mass-scale cultural assassination at an industrial level, I believe it to be my responsibility to help protect our #tradition & #heritage. Our music, culture, heritage & all that gold sacred is being desecrated before our very eyes. My role is help prevent that as I know a little in the area of the arts. We cannot do anything if we first don’t know who we are,” Yusuf wrote.
Earlier, Yusuf had expressed his delight over performing in Dubai. “Dubai in many ways represents the philosophy of my music ... that of bringing together people in celebration of our shared values, free from discrimination and prejudice. I am honored to have this opportunity to unveil a new musical composition based on the poetry of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum,” he said.
Now on his eighth album “Barakah,” Yusuf has already sold more than 34 million albums across the last 15 years.


‘Hunger Games’ prequel book and film planned

Updated 18 June 2019
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‘Hunger Games’ prequel book and film planned

  • The new book will revisit Panem 64 years before the events of the trilogy during a period known as the “Dark Days”
  • Movie studio Lionsgate said another film was already being planned

LOS ANGELES: A new “Hunger Games” novel set decades before the original best-selling trilogy will be published next year, its publisher said Monday, with plans for an accompanying film already under way.
The book will revisit the macabre post-apocalyptic world of Panem created by Suzanne Collins’ young adult novels, which were adapted into one of Hollywood’s biggest movie franchises starring Jennifer Lawrence.
The original books, which sold more than 100 million copies, told the story of Katniss Everdeen, a teenage heroine forced by the realm’s totalitarian leaders to participate in a reality TV-style fight to the death.
The new book will revisit Panem 64 years before the events of the trilogy during a period known as the “Dark Days,” in which the nation “struggles to get back to its feet” after a devastating war, Collins said.
Four films based on the trilogy of novels — the final book was split into two parts — turned Lawrence into an A-list movie star and grossed $2.97 billion worldwide.
Movie studio Lionsgate said another film was already being planned.
“As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published,” said Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.
“We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”
Author Collins said the book would explore “the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival.”
The as-yet untitled book will be published on May 19, 2020.