Arab icons Assala Nasri, Nawal El-Kuwaitia set for Saudi concerts

Assala Nasri
Updated 18 December 2017
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Arab icons Assala Nasri, Nawal El-Kuwaitia set for Saudi concerts

RIYADH: Two women-only concerts will be held in Saudi Arabia in January, featuring Arab pop stars Nawal El-Kuwaitia and Assala Nasri, announced Rotana Audio & Visual Group, according to Sayidaty magazine.
“Rotana has received requests from the Saudi audience to hold concerts with several Arab singers,” Rotana CEO Salem Al-Hindi said during Kora Rotana, a Rotana Khalijia show.
He added: “The list of requested singers includes Wael Kfoury, Assi El-Helani, Najwa Karam, Elissa, Amr Diab, Mohamed Hamaki, Sherine, and Angham.”
Al-Hindi pointed out that the company is trying to meet the audience’s demands by organizing women-only and family concerts.
He also said that famous pop stars reached out to Rotana, including Fares Karam, El-Helani, and Kfoury, offering to perform concerts in Saudi Arabia soon.
The concerts come after Yemeni-Emirati singer Balqees Fathi and Lebanese soprano Heba Tawaji captivated the audience during female-only concerts in Jeddah and Riyadh, respectively, earlier this month.
Al-Kuwaitia, 51, is known as the Queen of Classic Music, Harp of Khaliji Song, the Gulf’s Fairooz and the Sun and Moon of Kuwait. She currently has 16 albums and has collaborated with many composers and poets.
Syrian music artist Nasri, 48, is one of the most popular singers in the Arab world and the daughter of late Syrian artist Mustafa Nasri. Nasri is famous for her strong, melodious voice. Her latest album “Mohtama bel Tafaseel” (Concerned with Details) released earlier this year.
 


‘Hunger Games’ prequel book and film planned

Updated 18 June 2019
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‘Hunger Games’ prequel book and film planned

  • The new book will revisit Panem 64 years before the events of the trilogy during a period known as the “Dark Days”
  • Movie studio Lionsgate said another film was already being planned

LOS ANGELES: A new “Hunger Games” novel set decades before the original best-selling trilogy will be published next year, its publisher said Monday, with plans for an accompanying film already under way.
The book will revisit the macabre post-apocalyptic world of Panem created by Suzanne Collins’ young adult novels, which were adapted into one of Hollywood’s biggest movie franchises starring Jennifer Lawrence.
The original books, which sold more than 100 million copies, told the story of Katniss Everdeen, a teenage heroine forced by the realm’s totalitarian leaders to participate in a reality TV-style fight to the death.
The new book will revisit Panem 64 years before the events of the trilogy during a period known as the “Dark Days,” in which the nation “struggles to get back to its feet” after a devastating war, Collins said.
Four films based on the trilogy of novels — the final book was split into two parts — turned Lawrence into an A-list movie star and grossed $2.97 billion worldwide.
Movie studio Lionsgate said another film was already being planned.
“As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published,” said Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.
“We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”
Author Collins said the book would explore “the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival.”
The as-yet untitled book will be published on May 19, 2020.