DUBAI: Superstar singer Adele is no stranger to the limelight but she made headlines in Australia recently for something other than her talent.
During a concert in Sydney, Adele reached out to kiss the hand of a hijab-wearing fan and promptly set social media alight.
Many took to Twitter to praise the singer’s actions as a symbol of inclusivity.
“Adele’s concert at ANZ Olympic Stadium, in Sydney, Australia kissing a Hijabi’s hand #respect,” one user wrote.
Another posted: “Adele kisses a Muslim fan’s hand as a form of respect. A true feminist icon!”
According to Australia’s Nine News, the lucky fan is called Samira Dandachl.
“Adele had just finished singing ‘When We Were Young’ when my fiance, Adi, lifted me up on his shoulders,” she told Nine News.
“I was crying, and she said ‘don’t cry darling’ and I kissed her hand. She returned the favor and kissed my hand back.”
Lolo Zouai reconnects with Algerian roots in new music video
The new video for singer Lolo Zouai’s “Desert Rose” is here
Filmed in Morocco, the clip is a celebration of Zouai’s North African roots
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DUBAI: The new video for singer Lolo Zouai’s “Desert Rose” is here and it’s a beautiful celebration of her North African roots.
The Franco-Algerian singer, who was born Laureen Zouai in France to a French mother and an Algerian father and relocated to San Francisco with her family when she was three-months-old, wrote the song as a love letter to her Algerian family.
Zouai (pronounced “zoo-eye”) has been vocal about her period of internal struggle during which she felt she wasn’t as in touch with her Algerian heritage as she would have liked. These feelings informed her fourth single, whose title alludes to the rose-like crystal formations that occur in the desert of Algeria, and further plays on her existing feelings of not belonging.
Filmed in an unnamed village situated in Morocco’s Essaouira, the Emilie Badenhorst-directed clip further captures the 24-year-old’s feelings of displacement and desperate longing to reconnect with her father’s side of the family’s culture and traditions.
In the video, the singer croons “‘Inshallah,’ that’s what you say/ You think I lost my faith,” as she fraternizes with local children, watches a group of elders make couscous and traverses the sea in a boat all while wearing a mix of Western clothing and traditional Berber accessories.
“I’m so grateful I was able to travel to North Africa to tell my story. To be honest, I was really scared to share this part of my life, but hopefully you guys understand me a little better now,” she shared with her 223,000 Instagram followers, alongside a wilted rose emoji.
“Desert Rose” is from her debut studio album entitled “High Highs to Low Lows” that dropped in 2019. Since its release, the project has amassed more than 50 million streams worldwide. In addition to the success of her own LP, the singer was also recognized for her song-writing skills in 2019 when she took home her first Grammy award for co-writing “Still Down” from H.E.R.’s self-titled album, which took home the R&B Album of the Year award at the Grammys that same year.
As of now, the Brooklyn-based singer is set to open up for British crooner Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia” European tour in 2020.
The new music video will be screened all week at Time’s Square and Madison Square Garden in New York as well as The Staples Center in Los Angeles.