Emirati singer Shamma Hamdan, Saudi Dalia Mubarak set for Riyadh gig

Shamma Hamdan
Updated 12 December 2017
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Emirati singer Shamma Hamdan, Saudi Dalia Mubarak set for Riyadh gig

JEDDAH: Emirati singer Shamma Hamdan and Saudi Dalia Mubarak are set to perform in Riyadh early next year, the Kingdom’s General Authority for Entertainment has announced.
“Riyadh Nights” will be held on Jan. 26 and will feature the two popular Arab singers in a female-only concert.
Hamdan was the first UAE woman to make it to the finals of “Arabs Got Talent” in 2012. She was barely 18 when she auditioned for the live singing competition.
She impressed the judges with her performance on the acoustic guitar and playing other instruments. The singer, considered one of the UAE’s most popular vocalists and performing artists, is known for mixing Khaleeji, pop, rock and flamenco elements in her music, as well as her signature haircut.
In 2013, Hamdan made an appearance on the global TV show Coke Studio with British singer Jay Sean. The duo performed a fusion rendition of Sean’s hit single, “Down.”
Khaleeji folk singer Dalia Mubarak, also a former “Arabs Got Talent” contestant, sings both in Arabic and English.
The Riyadh-born singer began her artistic life in 2012. She performed during a musical evening for the cultural section of the French Embassy in Riyadh.


Banksy ‘snow’ pollution mural sold for over $130,000

Updated 18 January 2019
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Banksy ‘snow’ pollution mural sold for over $130,000

  • The ‘snow pollution’ mural appeared in the town of Swansea Bay, home to one of the biggest steelworks in the world
  • The buyer will lend the mural to Port Talbot in hopes it would attract international artists to the area

LONDON: A mural by elusive British street artist Banksy depicting a child enjoying falling snow that is in fact pollution from a burning bin has been sold for over $130,000 to a British art dealer.
From one side, the “Season’s Greetings” mural on a concrete block garage in Wales shows a small boy with his tongue out to catch snow that, when viewed from another side, turns out to be ash from an industrial bin.
“I bought it and it cost me a six-figure sum,” John Brandler of Brandler Galleries, told Reuters by telephone.
“I am lending it to Port Talbot for a minimum of two or three years. I want to use it as a center for an art hub that would bring in internationally famous artists to Port Talbot.”
The mural appeared last month in the town on the edge of Swansea Bay, home to one of the biggest steelworks in the world.
Brandler, 63, said the entire mural — on the corner of a garage — had to be moved in one piece. He declined to give a specific price for the piece.
When asked how he could afford such luxuries, he said: “I am an art dealer. I own several Banksies, I also own (John) Constable, (Thomas) Gainsborough, (Joseph Mallord William) Turner, I’ve got (urban artist) Pure Evil — I’ve got all sorts of art.”
“My hobby is my business. The last time I went to work was when I was 18,” Brandler said.
Banksy, who keeps his real name private, has become the most famous street artist in the world by poking fun at the excesses of modern capitalism and lampooning hollow icons, slogans and opinions.
Previous works include “Mobile Lovers” which shows an embrace between lovers who stare over each other’s shoulders at their mobile phones and an abrupt warning near Canary Wharf in London that reads “Sorry! The lifestyle you ordered is currently out of stock.”