Syrian rapper Moh Flow drops new video, “Dead One”

Moh Flow. (AY)
Updated 26 December 2018
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Syrian rapper Moh Flow drops new video, “Dead One”

  • Dubai-based Syrian rapper and singer Moh Flow has signed to Sony Music Middle East
  • The 26-year-old artist —  who grew up in Saudi Arabia —  released his latest track, and first for Sony, on December 14

DUBAI:Dubai-based Syrian rapper and singer Moh Flow has signed to Sony Music Middle East, the label announced last week. The 26-year-old artist —  who grew up in Saudi Arabia —  released his latest track, and first for Sony, on December 14. “Dead One,” Moh Flow told Arab News, is meant to provide listeners with “a boost of confidence.”

“As an artist, it’s fun to explore an emotion in its purest form. This track is inspired by speaking success into existence, being inspired by giving yourself credit for what you have accomplished by relating to where you could have been had you not taken your life into your own hands,” he said. “This is a record to play during moments of self-doubt.”

The track will feature on Moh Flow’s upcoming album “Faith,” produced by his brother Ayman (AY), his longtime producer and engineer. “Faith” is slated for release early next year. In a press release from Sony, Moh Flow said he had been working on the album for more than a year.

“I can’t describe how I feel about these (songs) because they are pretty much my life, everything is still unfolding,” he said. “It’s meant to connect with people who have similar experiences to me, whether it’s finding your confidence or losing your love unexpectedly.”

The new deal with Sony Music, he said, will “give the music a true chance at reaching its potential. We want to match the universal sound and import our twist on the culture that we grew up loving.”

In other regional music news, Lebanese singer Abeer Nehme has teamed up with her compatriot, the acclaimed composer, vocalist and oudist Marcel Khalife, to release a new album, “Sing a Little,” on Universal Music MENA. The album features lyrics from some of the Arab world’s favorite poets, including Germanos Germanos, Zahi Wehbi, Henry Zoghaib, Habib Younes, Michel Abou Rjalli, Joseph Harb, and Mahmoud Darwish.

 


Hoda Barakat wins Arab Booker for ‘The Night Mail’

Updated 24 April 2019
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Hoda Barakat wins Arab Booker for ‘The Night Mail’

  • The author will receive a prize of $50,000 for her winning novel “The Night Mail”
  • The book includes a series of letters from individuals who are facing social and personal issues

ABU DHABI: Lebanese author Hoda Barakat has won the Booker international prize for Arabic fiction for her novel “The Night Mail.”
She will receive $50,000 and the five other authors who reached the final short-list will each receive $10,000, the organizers revealed late Tuesday.
Conceived in Abu Dhabi in 2007, the prize is supported by the Booker Prize Foundation in London and financed by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism.
Born in Beirut, Hoda Barakat lives in Paris and has published several novels including “The Stone of Laughter” and “My Master and My Lover.”
“The Night Mail” is her sixth novel and has been translated into French.
Alongside the prize money, funds will also be provided for translating the book into English.
The novel consists of a series of letters by individuals “facing social misery and their own demons,” according to publisher Actes Sud.
Abu Dhabi, capital of the emirate of the same name, has become an increasingly significant cultural hub.
The city hosts the Louvre Abu Dhabi — the first museum to take the name “Louvre” outside France — which houses nearly 600 works in a futuristic building designed by French architect Jean Nouvel.