Nancy Ajram teams up with Powerpuff Girls to save the world

Nancy Ajram
Updated 09 November 2017
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Nancy Ajram teams up with Powerpuff Girls to save the world

JEDDAH: Arab pop star Nancy Ajram has teamed up with Cartoon Network for the five-part series “The Powerpuff Girls: Power of Four,” becoming one of the first celebrities to have voiced a Cartoon Network character in the Middle East.
She will voice the fourth Powerpuff Girl, Bliss, the long-lost teenaged sister of the other three Powerpuff Girls, in the regional version of the popular American animated TV series.
Ajram said it enabled her “to re-live some of my happy childhood memories in the process. I felt that I was very much in the heart of the action, helping the Powerpuff Girls save the world.”
“It was a great experience for me to participate in the dubbing of The Powerpuff Girls, particularly as it marks the first time that a celebrity has voiced a Cartoon Network character in the Middle East region,” she said.
Ajram completes the line-up of 15 super-powered celebrities across international markets to lend their voices to the fourth Powerpuff Girl, including Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon, who will voice Bliss for the UK.
“The Powerpuff Girls” has been one of the most popular programs on Cartoon Network and has its own dedicated YouTube channel in Arabic to cater specifically to its fans in the region.
The series began airing on Thursday.
The Lebanese singer, who is one of the most powerful figures in Arab pop, will perform at du Forum on the UAE’s Yas Island on Dec. 2.


Hollywood star Will Smith brings down curtain on Russia World Cup

Updated 15 July 2018
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Hollywood star Will Smith brings down curtain on Russia World Cup

  • Smith performed at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium

MOSCOW: Hollywood actor and singer Will Smith performed the soccer World Cup’s official song “Live It Up” in the tournament’s closing ceremony in Moscow on Sunday.
As Smith performed at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, giant screens laid out on the pitch showed images of soccer players and the colors of the Croatian and French flags — the two teams who face each other in the final.
Smith was joined on stage by Nicky Jam, a US-born singer with Puerto Rican roots, and by Era Istrefi, a pop singer who describes herself as Albanian Kosovar. Both artists had featured with Smith on the “Live It Up” single.
In the final sequence of the ceremony, Russian opera singer Aida Garifullina performed Russian folk song “Kalinka” accompanied by bagpipes, a children’s choir, and a percussion section.
That section featured a guest performer: Brazilian soccer star and past World Cup winner Ronaldinho, who for a few bars of the song hammered out the rhythm on an African drum.
The performances were a prelude to France and Croatia’s players taking to the pitch to begin their final match, in front of a packed crowd at the 80,000-seat stadium.