Haifa Wehbe dispels Syria concert rumors

Haifa Wehbe
Updated 08 December 2017
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Haifa Wehbe dispels Syria concert rumors

JEDDAH: News that Lebanese pop star Haifa Wehbe will be performing a concert in Damascus, Syria, on New Year’s Eve is false, Wehbe’s media office announced on Wednesday.
Wehbe’s media office issued an explanatory statement after bogus news stories started circulating on social media about her holding a concert in Syria, as well as details about the concert and ticket prices.
The statement said: “After the news was circulated on social media platforms, the media office of pop star Haifa Wehbe stresses her deep respect for the people of Syria, and refutes all news stories mentioned above and deems them rumors and false interpretations; no one communicated with her director regarding holding a concert in Damascus, Syria.”
“The only platform through which Wehbe announces her activities and concerts are her official social media accounts or her media office,” the statement added.
In April, Wehbe had tweeted her prayers for Syria in an image with the caption “No caption needed, pray for #Syria.”


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.