Nancy Ajram fires up social media with new video teaser

Nancy Ajram (AFP)
Updated 19 March 2018
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Nancy Ajram fires up social media with new video teaser

DUBAI: Lebanese pop superstar Nancy Ajram had her many-million social-media followers all a-flutter over the weekend after releasing a teaser for her upcoming “W Maak” (With You) video clip.
The up-tempo, EDM-infused track comes from Ajram’s ninth studio album, “Hassa Beek” (I Feel You), released last year.
Ajram is one of the Arab world’s most successful and popular pop stars. She landed her first record deal with EMI aged 15, and has been at the forefront of popular Arabic music ever since, as well as becoming an ubiquitous ambassador for a slew of regional and international brands, and a judge on the popular talent shows “Arab Idol” and “The Voice Kids.”
Ten years on from her debut release, Ajram remains a huge commercial draw. Regional music streaming service Anghami named her the top Arab artist of 2017. She has over 1 million YouTube subscribers and 15 million Instagram followers.
The “W Maak” teaser, posted on YouTube on March 14, shows the 34-year-old singer in an old-school American-style diner, dressed in a metallic baseball jacket and denim shorts and getting weirdly over-familiar with the venue’s jukebox.
Promoting the teaser on Facebook, Ajram also introduced a competition in which fans can call up and record their voices to win a chance to sing with the star.


Images of a father carrying his disabled son during graduation in Yemen tugs at the heart strings

Updated 19 April 2018
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Images of a father carrying his disabled son during graduation in Yemen tugs at the heart strings

  • Yemeni journalist and photographer Farouk Muqbel took footage of an elderly father in Sanaa

In video footage that will pull at the heart strings of even the most hardened, a proud father can be seen giving his disabled son a piggyback during his graduation ceremony in Yemen.  

The inspiring moment of the elderly man and his son was captured by Yemeni photojournalist Farouk Muqbel, who was filming the graduation ceremony of the Al-Noor Center for the Care and Rehabilitation of the Blind in Sanaa on Wednesday.

The father’s pride can be clearly seen as he carried his son who was graduating from secondary school.

The Al-Noor center was founded in 1967 and serves over 200 students, mostly children, who have visual disabilities.

The center’s manager told Human Rights Watch in 2016 that when the conflict started on March 26, 2015, the Houthis militia set up an office on the ground floor of the kindergarten building and placed guards at the compound’s entrance.