Saudi singer Al-Majid’s fans pay $5,400 to watch him live in Kuwait

Rashed Al-Majid.
Updated 18 February 2017
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Saudi singer Al-Majid’s fans pay $5,400 to watch him live in Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY: How much would you pay to see your favorite pop star in concert? Well, Saudi singer Rashed Al-Majid’s fans reportedly paid up to $5,400 to watch him live in Kuwait on Friday.
According to Albawaba, the iconic singer returned to Kuwait after a six-year absence to perform at the closing ceremony of Hala February Festival.
But surely the jaw-dropping price tag of those tickets cannot be worth it? Some news channels even argued that they were “the most expensive tickets recorded in history.”
However, according to the festival’s organizers, tickets to Rashed’s concert sold out almost immediately after making them available online, adding that the tickets sold at whopping prices were purchased on the Internet’s black market.
Earlier this month, tickets for Amr Diab’s concert in Dubai cost $380, an unusually high sum. Another example came with the tickets for Coldplay’s recent New Year’s eve party, which were sold on the black market for $407, a big jump from their original $95 price. Many fans who missed Al-Majid live enjoyed his concert on social media.


Khaleeji music enthralls Saudi audience

Updated 31 min 47 sec ago
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Khaleeji music enthralls Saudi audience

JEDDAH: Singers Abadi Al-Johar, from Saudi Arabia, and Waleed Al- Shami, from Iraq, were a hit at their first concerts in front of families at King Abdullah Economic City on Friday.
Al-Johar, 64, is a musician, singer and composer. One of the most popular Khaleeji singers in the Gulf, he has composed around 50 albums since he began his musical career in 1968. He earned the title Ikhtabout Al-Oud (Octopus of the Oud) from the late Talal Maddah because of his unmatchable Oud playing.
The Saudi singer is also a member of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts. He won a number of awards including an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Arts in Egypt, Best Khaleeji Musician Award from Egypt and the Golden Oud from Rotana.
Al-Shami, 46, is an Iraqi singer and composer who began his musical career in 1999 and has composed four albums.
His career took off after the success of his first album “Musiba” in 2008.
First to perform at the venue was Al-Shami. He sang hit songs such as “Sadmah,” “Eshtaqt Lak,” “Majnouni,” “Ahebah Kolesh” and his most popular song “Hala Hala.”
On stage, he thanked the General Entertainment Authority and BluePlan Media for providing the concert to the public.
“I hope it is not the last time we meet. We must repeat this, here, Riyadh and the Eastern Province. That is a promise,” he said.
Following Al-Shami’s performance, Al-Johar sang hit songs such as “Khalas Erjaa,” “El Mazhareya,” “Khayarteni,” “Daqayeq” and “Hobbak Samaa.”
During his performance, the Saudi legend said: “I am delighted by your presence, I will sing any song you want me to.”
Television presenter Kholud Alnimer attended the concert. “It is very crowded, that means there is a lot of love for these singers,” he told Arab News.
The audience was overjoyed with the music of Waled Al Shami and Abadi Al-Johar.
“It is great to see a Khaleeji concert for the first time in front of families, and it has been done very professionally — looking forward to more.” Nadeem bin Talal, a fan, told Arab News.