Lionel Richie, Lauryn Hill to perform in Dubai

Updated 06 November 2019

Lionel Richie, Lauryn Hill to perform in Dubai

DUBAI: American singers Lauryn Hill and Bruno Major are set to debut at the UAE’s Jazz Festival on Feb. 26, 2020, against the shimmering backdrop of Dubai’s Media City Amphitheatre skyline.

The pop legend Lionel Richie will also hit the stage. 




Lionel Richie will also perform at Dubai’s Media City Amphitheatre. (AFP)

“YES! IT'S TRUE! Ms. Lauryn Hill will headline night #1 supported by Bruno Major at the Emirates Dubai Jazz Festival 2020 Presented By Mastercard with Dubai 92!” the festival tweeted.

Hill came to prominence in the mid-1990s with the Fugees, who also included Haitian-American Wyclef Jean and incorporated elements of hip-hop and Caribbean music into R&B.

The 11-time Grammy winner Mars will also headline the Resolution by Night festival on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on New Year’s Eve.

Tickets for the Jazz Festival will go on sale at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Last year, American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys performed at the festival, with a special guest appearance by traditional Emirati drummers.


Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall: ‘I was bullied for being Arab’

The singer's maternal grandfather is Yemeni and maternal grandmother Egyptian. (Getty)
Updated 05 June 2020

Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall: ‘I was bullied for being Arab’

DUBAI: Girl group Little Mix’s star Jade Thirlwall has opened up about bullying she experienced as a teenager due to her Arab roots.

Speaking on the BBC “No Country For Young Women” podcast, the 2011 “X-Factor” finalist, whose maternal grandfather is Yemeni and maternal grandmother Egyptian, said that she felt “ashamed” of her background. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“When I went to secondary school, I was literally one of three people of color in the school,” the 27-year-old music sensation, whose father is British, said.

“I remember one time I got pinned down in the toilets and they put a bindi spot on my forehead; it was horrific.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I have constantly had this inner battle of not really knowing who I am, or where I fit in, or what community I fit into,” she said.

The singer recalled that she would put white powder on her face “to whiten” herself when performing on stage at her school.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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After joining Little Mix, she “subconsciously” did not want to talk about her heritage for fear of being disliked.

“I think because I was bullied quite badly in school because of the color of my skin and for being Arab, I wasn’t very proud of who I was,” Thirlwall explained.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I would hate to talk about my race and heritage and not say the right things,” she added.