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.


Nicki Minaj shows off her quad biking skills in the UAE

Nicki Minaj recently released a new album. (AFP)
Updated 25 September 2018
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Nicki Minaj shows off her quad biking skills in the UAE

  • Nicki Minaj just hit the sand dunes in Abu Dhabi
  • She was just in Milan attending Fashion Week

DUBAI: Pop superstar Nicki Minaj just hit the sand dunes in Abu Dhabi and posted a string of photos on Instagram to show off her skills.

“Ride wit Minaj (sic),” the rapper-singer captioned a snap on the social media site, showing her astride a dune buggy in the desert.

She also posted a video in which she can be seen speeding through the desert with her loose hair streaming in the wind. Earlier in the evening, she posted a video in which she runs along a beach in the UAE at night and talks in a British accent, saying she wants her fans to “see the water.”

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Before her trip to the Gulf country, Minaj sat front row at the Versace show at Milan Fashion Week.

She sat alongside Leona Lewis, Rita Ora, model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, actor Luke Evans and Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni in an enormous industrial space in the modern CityLife neighborhood where the runway show was held, according to Reuters.

“I’m so proud of you @donatella_versace You’ve never missed a beat. So tiny, but so powerful,” Minaj posted after the runway show.

“Loved the show tonight. Thank you for my gorgeous flowers & for playing like 75 percent of the Queen album at the show,” she added, referencing fourth studio album, which was released in August to mixed reviews.

Minaj also took a front row seat at the Fendi show in Milan, taking a turn for fans on her way in decked out in a Fendi puffer jacket and matching leggings and cropped top.

Other front-row celebs included Ferragni with her rapper husband Fedez, leaving home their much-Instagrammed infant, Leone, but trailing television cameras as they toured backstage.

While the front-row celebrity attire was highly branded Fendi streetwear, the runway collection by Karl Lagerfeld was more elegant and subtle, the Associated Press noted.

The artist is fresh off a bout of controversy involving US rapper Cardi B, who infamously tried to attack Minaj during a scuffle at a party held on the sidelines of New York Fashion Week earlier in September.

Minaj and Cardi B were the center of attention as A-list guests reportedly huddled around their phones to watch footage of the fracas.
A person who witnessed the incident, who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said Minaj was finishing up a conversation with someone when Cardi B tried to attack her, but Minaj’s security guards intervened, the Associated Press reported.
Video footage that circulated on social media at the time showed Cardi B lunging toward someone and being held back. Cardi B reportedly threw one of her shoes at Minaj.

Here’s to hoping Minaj has a more enjoyable time in the UAE.