Saudi attorney general visits King Fahd center in Argentina

Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General at the King Fahd Islamic Cultural Center in Buenos Aires. (SPA)
Updated 20 September 2019

Saudi attorney general visits King Fahd center in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES: Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah Al-Mua’jab visited the King Fahd Islamic Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which is affiliated to the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance.
He toured the center and was briefed on its departments, activities and programs. He also visited the center’s mosque and school and met a number of students of different nationalities.
Al-Mua’jab expressed his thanks to those in charge of the center, who are trying to spread the teachings of Islam and to renounce extremism, working to highlight the status and civilization of the Kingdom to visitors.
He pointed out the efforts of the government of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in serving Islam, Muslims and the Two Holy Mosques. He also praised the efforts of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance under the leadership of Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh in developing the center and carrying out its mission to serve Islam and spread moderation.


Passionate Saudi musicians Jwa ready to take the world by storm

The group has plans to perform in Jordan, Egypt, Dubai and Bahrain, as it awaits the release of its first album before exploring new horizons. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 19 February 2020

Passionate Saudi musicians Jwa ready to take the world by storm

  • Jwa’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25
  • The word “jwa” in Arabic means the “highest levels of passion and love,” which embodies how the quintet feel about Indie music — the thing that brought them together

RIYADH: The music scene in the Kingdom is exploding, with young, talented Saudis taking full advantage of the developments in the country by showcasing their talent.
 In a limited time, young Saudi musicians have proven that they are equal to any other young cohort of musicians anywhere in the world.
 One of those talents is a young band from Dhahran, Jwa. Currently performing locally in Riyadh, Jeddah and other cities in the Eastern Province, the group has plans to perform in Jordan, Egypt, Dubai and Bahrain, as it awaits the release of its first album before exploring new horizons.
 The band, formed in 2018, is composed of Methgal Al-Shammari on drums, Mohammad Al-Nahas (bass and vocals), Arkan Al-Zahrani (guitar), Mansour Al-Gallaf (guitar) and Fawaz Baasem (keyboard).
They have had two local hit singles, “Ya Safina” and “Min Jadeed.” Methgal and Mohammad, the founders of Jwa, say that at first they “performed at numerous local events and parties” across the Kingdom. It did not take them long to become popular among Saudis.

FASTFACTS

• Jwa was formed in 2018.

• Since its launch it has two local hit singles.

• The band’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25.

The word “jwa” in Arabic means the “highest levels of passion and love,” which embodies how the quintet feel about Indie music — the thing that brought them together.
However, they have faced many challenges in the last two years. Methgal and Mohammad said initially a “lack of support for independent bands” and “weakness of the nurturing music environment” within the country halted their progress.
However, due to the steps taken by the General Entertainment Authority, bands like Jwa have become able to make their voices and music heard. In the future, they are looking to go international, to “make their band known not only to different regions of Saudi Arabia but also abroad to gain more momentum and attraction.”
Jwa’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25.