MUSE: Life lessons from inspirational women — DaniLeigh

DaniLeigh performing earlier this year. (AFP)
Updated 17 December 2018
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MUSE: Life lessons from inspirational women — DaniLeigh

  • DaniLeigh performed at Sole DXB 2018 as her GCC debut
  • Here she talks adventure, inspirations and being unlucky in love

DUBAI: The Florida-born Dominican singer performs for Puma at Sole DXB on Friday, December 7, in her GCC debut. She first emerged on the scene as a dancer, and directed the “Breakfast Can Wait” video for Prince when she was just 18 years old. Her latest single, “Lil Bebe,” dropped in October and the official video has already racked up nearly 5.5 million views on YouTube. Here she talks adventure, inspirations and being unlucky in love.

I love that music lets me travel the world and see different cultures. And learn more about music. As I started gaining fans, and receiving messages from young girls saying my music changed their lives, that’s just inspired me further.

One of the biggest influences on my life is Tuo Clark, my A&R at (record label) Def Jam. He’s given me confidence as an artist to grow in my songwriting and in my business dealings.

I really admire Drake. I believe he’s so smart as an artist and as a businessman. The way he cultivates with culture and continues to be relevant.

Apart from music, I enjoy adventure. I enjoy being in the water. I enjoy seeing beautiful landscapes. I fine that brings me peace of mind.

Because a lot of people just found out about me, I think they have this misconception that I just popped up out of nowhere. But I’ve been working hard to get to this place in my career since I was 16 years old. I’m really proud of getting the recognition that I feel I deserve, and knowing that my fans react to my music.

Tuo Clark from Def Jam Records. (Getty Images)

Even though my career’s going well, I’ve had the worst luck with my love life. I’ve been in a few relationships and ended up always losing in the end. I deal with it by writing about it in my music though.

I think men need to learn how to value women properly. I believe women are more nurturing and more considerate. Men need to learn that.

I have no regrets. I feel everything I’ve done that might not have been right was always a lesson and helped me grow.

 


Lights, camera, action for Saudi festival of film

Updated 16 January 2019
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Lights, camera, action for Saudi festival of film

  • The six-day event, organized in association with the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra), is part of an initiative to recognize and nurture talented filmmakers in the country
  • SASCA chairman and general supervisor of the festival, Omar bin Abdulaziz Al-Saif, said this year’s gathering would include a number of unique programs to support creative young talent

JEDDAH: Up-and-coming filmmakers are being urged to book their places for a popular festival celebrating Saudi’s silver screen.
The Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) in the city of Dammam, has announced the opening of online registration for the fifth Saudi Film Festival to be held in March.
The six-day event, organized in association with the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra), is part of an initiative to recognize and nurture talented filmmakers in the country.
SASCA chairman and general supervisor of the festival, Omar bin Abdulaziz Al-Saif, said this year’s gathering would include a number of unique programs to support creative young talent while also promoting and developing the Kingdom’s film industry.
Al-Saif told Arab News that one of the main aims of the SASCA was to preserve Saudi culture, and he hoped the event would encourage the exchange of forward-thinking ideas among young movie enthusiasts.
The festival is part of a year-round drive to give filmmakers the opportunity to learn directly from experienced local and international industry experts, while providing them with a stage to showcase their work.
Ithra Director Ali Al-Mutairi said that the festival had a key role to play in developing the Saudi film industry.
Producers and actors will among the delegates at the festival, which will include 10 training workshops and 10 seminars. Omani, Emirati, Kuwaiti and Bahraini movies will be screened during the event and prizes awarded for best narrative, best documentary, best scriptwriting and best student film.