Fans go wild for Lebanese star Elissa in first-ever Arabic ‘Carpool Karaoke’

A video of Lebanese pop star Elissa on the first-ever episode of the show “Carpool Karaoke Arabia” has gone viral. (Photo courtesy: @CarpoolKraokeAr)
Updated 20 February 2018
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Fans go wild for Lebanese star Elissa in first-ever Arabic ‘Carpool Karaoke’

DUBAI: A video of Lebanese pop star Elissa singing along to hit Arabic song “3 Daqat” on the first-ever episode of the show “Carpool Karaoke Arabia” has gone viral after it was posted online this week.
The show, which is hosted by Saudi singer Hisham Al-Howaish, is set to feature Arab performers who sing along to well-known hits as the host drives them around town. It is the Arabic-language version of “Carpool Karaoke,” which features on British TV celebrity James Corden’s hit US show.
Fans went wild on social media over Elissa’s rendition of “3 Daqat” by Egyptian singer Abu featuring Yousra — a song that has already proved wildly popular across the Arab world.
The video, in which Elissa flies in on a helicopter before being driven around by the host, was posted on the official social media pages of Carpool Karaoke in Arabic and drew hundreds of excited comments.
“Carpool karaoke Arabia with (Elissa) is one of the best Arabic TV shows I’ve seen in a while. Pure entertainment, fun and wit. The team has done a good job … Arabizing it,” one Twitter user said.
The Lebanese singer sang several songs with the presenter, including her song “Law” and “La ‘Ayoun” by Gulf artist Rashed Al-Majid.
Earlier this month, James Corden himself invited fans to watch the Arabic version of the show in a video tweeted by @CarpoolKaraokeArabia.
“I’m truly excited to tell you that your own version of Carpool Karaoke is coming to the Middle East. Take a ride and sing with your favorite stars on Carpool Karaoke Arabia,” he said.
The show is featured on Dubai TV and music fans cannot wait to see what — or who — else will appear.


Keira Knightley film calls for unity in divided times

Updated 19 February 2019
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Keira Knightley film calls for unity in divided times

  • The film is set during the reconstruction of post WWII Germany
  • The port city of Hamburg suffered a devastating bombing raid by the Allied forces in July 1943

LONDON: Keira Knightley said her new film “The Aftermath,” set in the bombed-out ruins of Hamburg just after the end of the Second World War, had important lessons on building bridges that were very relevant for today’s divided societies.
The romantic drama sees Knightley play Rachael Morgan, who moves to Germany to be with her husband, a British colonel who has a leading role in the reconstruction effort in Hamburg. They move in with a German widower and his troubled daughter.
Her co-stars, Australian Jason Clarke who plays her husband Lewis and Swedish Alexander Skarsgard, who plays a German architect also attended the world premiere at London’s Picturehouse Central on Monday.
“It’s very relevant for now. It’s about building bridges, it’s about how we see each other as human beings and we don’t demonize each other and that’s obviously something that we need to do right now,” Knightley said.
The port city of Hamburg suffered a devastating bombing raid by the Allied forces in July 1943, known as “Operation Gomorrah,” that killed some 40,000 people and caused the destruction of swathes of the city.
“I knew nothing about the rebuilding of Germany ... I haven’t thought about how unbelievably difficult it must have been to not only physically rebuild these places but also mentally for English and German people ... who had been enemies, who had literally killed each other for six years, to suddenly forgive and move forward,” Knightley said.
Clarke said: “We’ve benefited so much from the Lewis Morgans who put Europe together ... guys like him built it up and made Germany and Europe what it is today, we all stand on the threshold of wanting to tear it down.”
“The Aftermath” opens in cinemas in Britain on March 1, and in the United States on March 15.