HIGHLIGHTS from Fathi Hassan’s ‘Hemsat’

"Untitled" by Fathi Hassan. (Supplied)
Updated 21 January 2019

HIGHLIGHTS from Fathi Hassan’s ‘Hemsat’

DUBAI: “Hemsat” (Whispers) is 61-year-old Egyptian artist Fathi Hassan’s first solo show in Dubai, which runs until Feb.20 at Lawrie Shabibi. It showcases over 100 of his paintings and drawings from his 40-plus-year career, ranging from postcard-sized work to large sheets, and showcases his shifting styles.

1. “Untitled” (1985)
This piece is part of an early collection called “Modern Man.”

2. “Untitled” (1998)
This piece is part of a series called “Remembering Dad,” which, according to the gallery’s release for “Hemsat,” reflects on Hassan’s relationship with his Sudanese father, and on his own sons relationship with him. “Universally, they represent the human instinct for life to continue beyond physical decline.”

3. “Toshka” (2014)
Named after Hassan’s ancestors’ Nubian village, this painting is “an imaginary bird’s eye view of the town and its natural surroundings. It is one of the much larger paintings that Hassan created between 2011 and 2016, many of which employ Hassan’s unique chunky, flowing calligraphy.


Egyptian DJ Raveland makes melting-pot music from the UAE

DJ Raveland was raised in Abu Dhabi. (Supplied)
Updated 19 August 2019

Egyptian DJ Raveland makes melting-pot music from the UAE

DUBAI: The Egyptian music producer and DJ who goes by the name Raveland has surprised his fans with a new hit this summer. 

Raveland hosts concerts around the UAE. (Supplied)

Honoring the Swedish musician Avicii, who died in Oman last year, “My Way” is an old-school house music track. “Avicii was one of my idols. Nothing will top his productions, but I wanted to bring back this vibe to the industry,” the artist told Arab News. 

“‘My Way’ is different from everything I have done before. It is calm, and focuses more on the vocals and the melody,” he added. 

The musician, who is signed with Universal Music MENA, was able to build a large fan base with tracks and mix tapes reaching more than 100,000 streams and downloads internationally. 

The DJ’s ambitions pushed him to release a music video for his track “Rêve” on Vevo that featured one of his events in Abu Dhabi with fans enjoying his various music genres.

Raised in Abu Dhabi, Raveland has been touring around the UAE to perform his tracks, including “Resolution 19,” “Dreamville” and “Way to Tomorrowland.”

In June, he released an extended play – a short album featuring four tracks – called “28.” From trance to romantic, “28” had it all. 

Raveland released his recent album "28" this summer. (Supplied)

Under the big umbrella of electronic dance music, Raveland’s productions bring different cultures together. One of his “28” tracks, “Auaha,” is inspired by New Zealand’s old tribes. “My passion for music is endless. I am constantly trying to explore more genres and more types of music to target a larger audience.” 

Raveland has previously collaborated with musicians such as the UAE-based DJ XABB and the Tunisian DJ Eyjey. Exclusively to Arab News, Raveland announced that he is working on a piece that follows the Latino genre reggaeton, like the famous “Despacito” hit, in collaboration with a Puerto Rican singer. 

The DJ also promised to bring back his online radio show, called “We Are Ravelands,” which has been on hiatus for a few months. “I will bring it back, real strong,” the host said. “The show will feature a lot of collaborations from all around the world, like Egypt, Spain and the US.”