US hip hop group rocks Riyadh

Updated 16 February 2013
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US hip hop group rocks Riyadh

It was a cold night in Riyadh but hip hop group LEL Brothas warmed it up considerably with a scorching performance at the US ambassador’s residence.
There were Saudis, Filipinos, Indians, Syrians, Jordanians, Lebanese, Pakistanis, Indians and Bangladeshi nationals present at the event last week, who gamely danced to a number of tunes from the talented artists.
This is the second time that LEL Brothas has performed in Saudi Arabia as part of the cultural exchange program between the United States and the Kingdom. The group first performed in Riyadh during its Middle East tour in 2011.
The group was invited by US Ambassador James B. Smith and his wife Dr. Janet Breslin-Smith. “In mid-2011, LEL Brothas made history by performing in the Kingdom and many other countries in the Middle East,” said Smith.
The group is known for the song “Hatas” released on Dec. 21, 2011 off their album “The Epidemic.”
In 2012, LEL Brothas toured the United States and were again asked to return to the Middle East for a follow-up tour in 2013.
The LEL Brothas are working on their new album “The Pandemic” slated for release in 2013.
The group also performed separately for the Filipino Athletes and Performers Society (FAPS) headed by its president, Charlotte Villones, in cooperation with TFC’s Balitang Middle East (BME). FAPS, an accredited community organization in Riyadh, was the official production partner of the group in Saudi Arabia.
LEL Brothas also performed at a venue in Exit 9 with FAPS talents Christelle Marie Aliasas, Rhyan Jay Carpio, Teo Maglonzo, Rose Ann Ladra, Jean Gladys Vicente and Gene Juanich. The Filipinos caught the attention of DJ Unknown, known for discovering talent in the United States.
The group also performed at the American International School and the US Embassy.
LEL Brothas was formed in early 2006 in Prescott Valley, Arizona. The vision of DJ Clone, the group also includes member LBC AKA Nytmare. Although the group officially has two members, DJ Clone and LBC, it often performs with hype man CB5. A hype man is a backup rapper or singer who supports the primary rappers.
All three rappers are originally from California, but met each other and started LEL Brothas in Arizona.
While recording their debut album “Fresh out the Root” LEL Brothas were signed by producer Wade Martin to JWM Records. They topped the Internet and Southwest radio charts with the album. In 2010, LEL Brothas released their second album “The Epidemic,” which catapulted them on a world tour and gained them multiple events with top A-list celebrities.
The group has sought to bridge cultural differences between the two countries with their music. Their songs are a mixture of hip hop and rock.
The meaning of the acronym “LEL” has not been disclosed by the group. On the 2011 album “The Epidemic,” LBC references LEL by saying: “Quit asking what LEL means, it drives me insane/if I told you the secret, it would blow out your brain.” Although the meaning has not been released, DJ Clone often teases the media and fans by stating: “Come to a show and find out.”


KSRelief offers 40 electric wheel chairs to amputees in Sanaa

Updated 23 October 2018
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KSRelief offers 40 electric wheel chairs to amputees in Sanaa

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has offered amputees and individuals with special needs 40 electric wheel chairs in Sanaa as part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to aid the people of Yemen.
The governor of Sanaa praised the Saudi center’s efforts in helping Yemeni people and offering the beneficiaries wheel chairs to help facilitate their movement and ease their suffering, which was a consequence of the war caused by Houthi militia.
KSRelief also signed a joint cooperation agreement to rehabilitate children recruited by the Houthi militia. The agreement was signed by Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, Supervisor General of KSRelief.
Al-Rabeeah said in a press statement that the seventh and eighth phases of the rehabilitation project for children recruited by the Houthi militias have been signed.
KSRelief in Aden also organized on Monday a technical support course in managing and coordinating the camps of displaced people, in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The course aims to train supervisors of camps of displaced persons in several Yemeni governorates.
This training course comes within the humanitarian and aid projects being provided by KSRelief for the Yemeni people in all the Yemeni governorates.
In statements to the official Saudi Press Agency, Al-Rabeeah praised the Kingdom as a symbol of humanitarian action in the world and a shining sign in the provision of aid to needy countries.
Al-Rabeebah said: “The total number of Saudi financial contributions in international organizations and bodies amounted to just over $9 million, while total humanitarian, development and charitable projects amounted to $33 billion.