Jordanian musician Jaafar discusses his new single and video, ‘OK 3adi’

Jordanian singer-songwriter Jaafar. (Supplied)
Updated 29 July 2019

Jordanian musician Jaafar discusses his new single and video, ‘OK 3adi’

  • 'It’s tongue-in-cheek. There’s kind of a sarcastic tone throughout the song.'
  • 'OK 3adi' will be released on July 30

DUBAI: Jordanian singer-songwriter Jaafar will release his new single “OK 3adi,” in August. It will be Jaafar’s second release on Universal Music since signing with the label earlier this year.

“It’s upbeat. It’s pretty different to stuff I’ve done in the past. I wrote it really, really quickly — under 10 minutes, but then we spent quite a long time in the studio with the producer, Hadii Sharara, finding the sounds we wanted,” Jaafar told Arab News during his visit to Dubai last week, ahead of a couple of shows at YouTube Space on July 16 and the Apple Store in Dubai Mall on July 17.

Lyrically, the track (the title of which translates roughly as ‘OK, whatever’) is a breakup song, but not entirely miserable.

“It’s tongue-in-cheek. There’s kind of a sarcastic tone throughout the song. I’m saying, like, ‘OK, whatever, so you’re drop-dead gorgeous, I’ve seen other gorgeous girls.’ So it’s like there’s still a sour taste in my mouth, but I’m trying to move on. That’s the tone of the song,” Jaafar explained.

The track’s accompanying video is also directed by Jaafar — his second foray into direction following April’s “Ra7at 3aleki,” which was mostly shot on his phone in his bedroom.

“We’d shot a bigger-budget video (for “Ra7at 3aleki”) but it ended up very different to what I’d had in mind,” he said. “We had, like, five days left to submit it to the label, so I decided to just try and shoot something myself in my bedroom, and it turned out that I liked that video more than the one that we shot in LA, so we used that one.

“I guess I got the directing bug after that. I’m a bit of a control freak,” he continued with a laugh. “This way I can control exactly what the outcome will be.”

“OK 3adi” will, Jaafar said, feature on his upcoming EP, set for release this fall. And he’s excited to see how his new partnership with Universal will work out.

“One of the reasons I’ve never signed with a label before is that I never felt like people at the label really believed in the music,” he said. “I think what’s good about Universal is that they’re championing artists who are not necessarily your typical Middle Eastern artists doing the same old thing they’ve been doing for the past 20 years. I really feel like they want to push my music and get my name out there just as much as I do.”

‘A Fall from Grace’ is a dark thriller with a fresh take

A still from ‘A Fall from Grace.’ Supplied
Updated 26 January 2020

‘A Fall from Grace’ is a dark thriller with a fresh take

  • Penned, produced and helmed by Tyler Perry, “A Fall From Grace" is now streaming on Netflix
  • The film tackles a rarely discussed subject — that of elderly abuse.

CHENNAI: Tyler Perry’s dark thriller “A Fall From Grace” — in which he also acts — reminded me not of Hitchcock or Agatha Christie or even Arthur Conan Doyle, but of Erle Stanley Gardner and his brilliant courtroom drama, with Perry Mason playing both lawyer and sleuth. 

Penned, produced and helmed by Perry, “A Fall From Grace,” now streaming on Netflix, is set in suburban Virginia and was shot in just five days. Middle-aged divorcee Grace (Crystal Fox) has murdered her young husband. She has even confessed to it, and it looks like an open-and-shut case. Public prosecutor Jasmine (Bresha Webb), a novice in the field, is asked by her boss (Perry) to get a plea deal from Grace. 

But when the two women meet — a much older Grace and much younger Jasmine — something does not seem right to the prosecutor, and much against the wishes of her boss and the accused, she goes about making her own investigations. 

There is a strong element of Christian faith running through the movie, and we see Jasmine tracking down Grace’s best friend Sarah (Phylicia Rashad), who also feels that there is something amiss. A series of flashbacks narrates Grace’s unfortunate story.

Disillusioned over her former husband’s affair, Grace flips for a handsome young photographer Shanon, who woos her with flowers and dinner dates. Sarah encourages her friend, and much like a Gardner plot, “A Fall from Grace” is peppered with hints and clues. Catch them if you can. But what finally turns out is a horror story of torture and turmoil.

Interestingly, the film tackles a rarely discussed subject — that of elderly abuse. It is said that 5 million older men and women are ill-treated every year in America, and “A Fall from Grace” has some disturbing revelations to show us. They are sheer horror, and the last word in human cruelty. 

The movie has its weak moments — some characters’ motivations are never fully explained, for example. But on the whole, it is a disturbing tale that will keep you hooked.