KSRelief to boost cooperation with European commission

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Updated 16 December 2017
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KSRelief to boost cooperation with European commission

BRUSSELS: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) and the European Commission for Civil Protection and Human Assistance decided to boost cooperation during talks on Friday in Brussels, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
A KSRelief delegation led by Dr. Aqeel Al-Ghamdi, assistant secretary-general for planning and development, met with a task team of the commission in the presence of Saad bin Mohammed Al-Areefi, the permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the EU.
The meeting was briefed on the efforts of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action (KSCRHA), the SPA reported.
Meanwhile, the director of a hospital in the Khormaksar district of Aden, Yemen, expressed deep gratitude for KSRelief’s support to the facility.
A KSRelief rehabilitation team on Friday inspected the hospital, reviewed its needs, and met with the director and administrative and medical staff.
The director said the visit is a positive sign of fruitful cooperation in serving the Yemeni people.
KSRelief also distributed food baskets to displaced people in Yemen’s Saada governorate and Al-Rakza camp in Marib governorate, the SPA reported.
This aid is an extension of a project to distribute 49,000 food baskets in a number of governorates in Yemen. 


Road song: Saudi singer-songwriter Tamtam releases music video ahead of historic end to driving ban

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Road song: Saudi singer-songwriter Tamtam releases music video ahead of historic end to driving ban

  • Singer-songwriter Tamtam has released a music video to coincide with the day her fellow countrywomen make history
  • In an exclusive interview with Arab News, the LA-based musician said she hopes the song inspires women to see that with patience and perseverance anything can happen. 

JEDDAH: With the long-awaited day when Saudi women can finally drive drawing near, a Saudi singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles has written a song to mark the historic occasion.

Called simply “Drive,” Tamtam’s take on the breakthrough reform covers a range of emotions: Happiness, pride and even surprise.

Millions around the world shared the news that Saudi women would be allowed to drive when it was announced last fall, and with all the preparations taking place, the singer wanted to take part in the best way she could. So she wrote the lyrics to a song that mirrored the exciting events ahead.

Tamtam’s release focuses on the themes of freedom, equality and empowerment that she has explored in her music since the start of her career in 2012.

In an exclusive interview with Arab News, the LA-based musician said she hopes the song inspires women to see that with patience and perseverance anything can happen. 

“If I had to use one word to describe the feeling, it would be hope. Women in Saudi are ready to have a bigger voice and become more independent.

“This is a huge step forward for all of us. The country is showing us that they know we are ready, and they are here to support us and help launch us forward,” said Tamtam. 

Her song’s lyrics include the words: “We know what we want, we know it’s our time, let go of past perceptions, tomorrow is mine, we got drive” — suggesting that it’s time to look forward and stop looking back at what once was.

The verse mirrors the narrative many Saudis are sharing with the world, empowered by the dramatic changes Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is accomplishing with Vision 2030 and beyond. 

Tamtam, inspired by the late Michael Jackson, started singing aged 15. She wrote her first single, “Little Girl,” while attending high school in California after her family moved to the US from Riyadh. Her singing and songwriting have been influenced by events around her, always related to current issues with a twist of optimism. 

Whether it’s her strong vocals or hauntingly beautiful voice, Tamtam’s music transcends expectations. This young Saudi is singing and making a name for herself in the City of Angels, and her positive energy is reflected in her music.

As Saudis embrace a host of reforms, Tamtam believes many Westerners are shocked by the news. Yet people forget that Saudi is a relatively young country and more good changes will come, she said. 

“With hope comes more aspirations, dreams, new achievements and positive energy.”

The “Drive” video is uplifting, with playful, artistic imagery, and soulful and empowering vocals. The singer and her friends wear white, representing peace and femininity, and drive a yellow Ford Mustang convertible (Tamtam’s dream car). 

“Whenever I’m in a car, especially if there is traffic or it’s a long drive, I always turn on music to put me in a better mood. Driving is so much more enjoyable with music,” said Tamtam. “I hope that this song will be blasting through car speakers everywhere.” 

So the question is: Will Tamtam get her Saudi license, too?

“Yes, I can’t wait,” is the answer, obviously.