Yanni: ‘Saudis will help country take its rightful place in the world’

Yanni with his daughter Krystall Ann. (AN photo by Huda Bashata)
Updated 08 December 2017

Yanni: ‘Saudis will help country take its rightful place in the world’

JEDDAH: Renowned Greek composer and musician Yanni, who enthralled crowds during his recent concerts in Saudi Arabia, shared his optimism about the Kingdom in a tweet on Friday.
The maestro said: “KSA: An amazing culture in the midst of a wondrous change at an incredible rate! So many bright minds, men and women, young and old alike, from all walks of life, who love their country, and can, and will, help this nation rise and take its rightful place in the world! ...Yanni.”
Yanni, 63, enjoyed a great reception from fans during his concerts in Jeddah, Riyadh and Dhahran.
In a tweet on Nov. 27, before his departure to the Kingdom, he said: “Yanni in Saudi Arabia (KSA): Witnessing history in the making! Hi everyone, we are now in Florida getting ready to fly to Saudi Arabia … We are going to be experiencing history in the making and I would not miss it for anything in the world! First stop Jeddah! ...Yanni.”
Addressing a press conference in Jeddah on Nov. 30, Yani said in Arabic that he “is so happy to be in Saudi Arabia.”
The international artist added: “You have to come to Saudi to feel this and to witness the changes ... I’m really amazed by the speed of how things have changed.”
Yanni’s historic visit to Saudi Arabia was part of his global 2017-2018 tour, in which he played the most popular songs from a career that began in 1984.
Speaking to Arab News before the first show in Jeddah, Yanni’s daughter Krystall Ann, who was traveling with her father, said: “I’m just so happy and thrilled that we can actually be here. It’s been beautiful. I’m excited that we’ll be here a full two weeks, from coast to coast. It’s been lovely so far.”

 

Mysterious monolith in US desert reportedly disappears

Updated 27 min 9 sec ago

Mysterious monolith in US desert reportedly disappears

  • The shiny, triangular pillar was spotted on November 18 by baffled local officials
  • Some observers pointed out the object’s resemblance to the avant-garde work of John McCracken

LOS ANGELES: A mysterious metal monolith found in the remote desert of the western United States, sparking a national guessing game over how it got there, has apparently disappeared, officials said.
The Bureau of Land Management in Utah said Saturday it had received “credible reports” that the object had been removed “by an unknown party” on Friday evening.
The bureau “did not remove the structure which is considered private property,” it said in a statement.
“We do not investigate crimes involving private property which are handled by the local sheriff’s office.”
The shiny, triangular pillar which protruded some 12 feet from the red rocks of southern Utah, was spotted on November 18 by baffled local officials counting bighorn sheep from the air.
After landing their helicopter to investigate, Utah Department of Public Safety crew members found “a metal monolith installed in the ground” but “no obvious indication of who might have put the monolith there.”
News of the discovery quickly went viral, with many noting the object’s similarity with strange alien monoliths that trigger huge leaps in human progress in Stanley Kubrick’s classic sci-fi film “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Others remarked on its discovery during a turbulent year that has seen the world gripped by the Covid-19 pandemic, and optimistically speculated it could have a different function entirely.
“This is the ‘reset’ button for 2020. Can someone please press it quickly?” joked one Instagram user.
“Somebody took the time to use some type of concrete-cutting tool or something to really dig down, almost in the exact shape of the object, and embed it really well,” Nick Street, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety told the New York Times.
“It’s odd,” he added. “There are roads close by, but to haul the materials to cut into the rock, and haul the metal, which is taller than 12 feet in sections — to do all that in that remote spot is definitely interesting.”
Some observers pointed out the object’s resemblance to the avant-garde work of John McCracken, a US artist who lived for a time in nearby New Mexico, and died in 2011.
His son, Patrick McCracken, told the Times recently that his father had told him in 2002 that he would “like to leave his artwork in remote places to be discovered later.”
Although officials had refused to disclose the object’s location out of fear that hordes of curious sightseers would flock to the remote wilderness, some explorers had been able to track it down.
Instagram user David Surber said he trekked to the monolith using coordinates posted on Reddit.
“Apparently the monolith is gone,” he posted later.
“Nature returned back to her natural state I suppose. Something positive for people to rally behind in 2020.”