Greek musician Yanni dedicates song to Saudi Arabia ahead of Winter at Tantora performance

Greek musician Yanni (Yiannis Chryssomallis) performs at a concert in the King Abdullah Economic City, 100 kilometres north of the Saudi Red Sea port city of Jeddah on November 30, 2017. (File/AFP)
Updated 19 January 2019

Greek musician Yanni dedicates song to Saudi Arabia ahead of Winter at Tantora performance

  • The piece is called “When Dream Come True”
  • Yanni said that he was “very honored” to be performing at Al-Ula

Renowned Greek composer and musician Yanni dedicated a piece of music to Saudi Arabia ahead of his performance at the Winter at Tantora Festival.

The music festival will be held at the archaeological site Al-Ula, the capital of the ancient Arabian kingdom of Lihyan.

Describing the location as “absolutely stunning,” Yanni said that he was “very honored” to be performing at the site.

“I have prepared a piece of music that I would like to dedicate to them, to all the Saudis, my friends,” he said in a video message that he posted on his Twitter page.

“I want to remind them of their vision 2030. It’s their dream, it’s what they hope their country would become, what they want to see their country become,” he said.

The piece which he says has never performed live called “When Dream Come True,” was composed in 60 different cities.  

“I think it is very appropriate to play it at Al-Ula and remind and encourage and inspire the Saudis to go after their 2030 vision, to go after their dream,” Yanni said.

Yanni will wrap up the concert series dubbed “Stars Under Starts” on Feb. 8.


Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray dedicates her rousing farewell speech to the Philippines

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray gave an emotional farewell speech dedicated to her homeland. AFP
Updated 09 December 2019

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray dedicates her rousing farewell speech to the Philippines

  • Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray crowned her successor, Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi, who took home the prestigious Miss Universe 2019 title
  • She ended her emotional farewell speech with a tribute to her “beloved Philippines”

DUBAI: On Sunday night, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray crowned her successor, Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi, who took home the prestigious Miss Universe 2019 title.

The Philippines-bred beauty, who is part-Australian, made her final walk on the stage of Atlanta’s Tyler Perry Studios wearing a blue, feathered gown by Filipino designer Mak Tumang to thank her “beloved Philippines” in a rousing closing speech.

“I've always believed that as women we have the power to redefine our generation,” said the 25-year-old beauty during the televised event hosted by Steve Harvey. “When we raise our voices together, the words 'woman power' become more than just a phrase. They become a movement.”

She added “I wanted my year to be a reign with purpose, from advocating for quality education for all to raising awareness to HIV and AIDS. I've started to use my voice for good.” She went on to thank her mom and dad, in edition to her mentors and the Miss Universe organization.

She ended her emotional farewell speech with a tribute to her “beloved Philippines,” stating “you endlessly inspire me and give me hope.”

Gray then performed her final duty by crowning Tunzi with the US $5 million, diamond-encrusted Miss Universe 2019 diadem, which was designed by Lebanese jeweler Mouawad.

The beauty queen and humanitarian was the fourth Filipina to win Miss Universe and the second in three years, joining Gloria Diaz, who was the first Filipina to bring home the title in 1969, followed shortly by Margie Moran in 1973. 42-years later, Pia Wurtzbach would reclaim the crown in 2015.