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.


Footballer affected by lightning strike in Brazil youth game

Updated 15 January 2019
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Footballer affected by lightning strike in Brazil youth game

SAO PAULO: A Brazilian footballer needed medical attention after lightning hit the field during a youth tournament match.
Lightning struck during the Copa Sao Paulo event in Diadema, outside Sao Paulo, sending players scattering for cover. Images that went viral showed Henrique, a defender for the Agua Santa team, groggy and lying on a bench.

Agua Santa said on Monday that Henrique recovered shortly after leaving the stadium in an ambulance and did not need to be taken to a hospital.
The opposing goalkeeper in the same match, Matheus Mendes of Atletico Mineiro, told ESPN Brazil he felt head pain because of the incident.
Mendes did not go with Henrique in the ambulance.