Pitbull to join Shaggy and Don Omar for Diriyah Season concert

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Pitbull is joining the lineup for the Diriyah Music Festival along with Shaggy and Don Omar. (Supplied/Diriyah Season)
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Pitbull is joining the lineup for the Diriyah Music Festival along with Shaggy and Don Omar. (Supplied/Diriyah Season)
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The Diriyah Music Festival is a series of concerts running alongside the sporting events of the Diriyah Season. (Supplied/Diriyah Season)
Updated 20 November 2019

Pitbull to join Shaggy and Don Omar for Diriyah Season concert

  • For Pitbull, his performance at the Diriyah Circuit will be his second appearance in the Kingdom
  • The Diriyah Season is a month-long celebration of sport

RIYADH: Pitbull is joining the lineup for the Diriyah Music Festival, part of the month-long Diriyah Season in Saudi Arabia, with the American superstar set to perform in the Kingdom on Nov. 29.
The Miami rapper, who has penned hits such as “Don’t Stop the Party,” “Timber,” “On The Floor” and “Give Me Everything,” will be joined on stage by Jamaican reggae legend Shaggy and Puerto Rican reggaeton singer Don Omar.
For Pitbull, his performance at the Diriyah Circuit will be his second appearance in the Kingdom this year, having earlier performed for fans in Damman in March, after which he paid tribute to the “great energy” of the fans.
The Diriyah Music Festival is a series of concerts running alongside the sporting events of the Diriyah Season.
News that Imagine Dragons will kick off the festival by performing after day one of the Diriyah E-Prix on Nov. 22 was welcomed by music fans in Saudi Arabia. They will be supported by DJ Alan Walker and British dance band Clean Bandit.
On Nov. 23, Latin American music giant Maluma and regional sensation, Lebanese Canadian R&B/pop singer Massari, will follow day two of the Formula E racing.
Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal Al-Saud, Chairman of the General Sports Authority, said: “The Diriyah Music Festival is a key part of bringing people together for Diriyah Season and it promises to be the biggest celebration of music in the Kingdom’s history.”
Standalone tickets for the November 29 concert featuring Pitbull, Shaggy and Don Omar are on sale at www.diriyahseason.sa.
The Diriyah Season is a month-long celebration of sport, kicking off with Formula E, followed by the world heavyweight title clash between world champion Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua in the “Clash On The Dunes”, The Diriyah Tennis Cup and the elite Diriyah Equestrian Festival.
As well as the Diriyah Music Festival, the season features cultural festivities, food and retail experiences, and the stunning ‘Diriyah Oasis’, a giant entertainment and art hub with fun for all the family.


Morocco’s Gnawa musical culture listed by UNESCO

Updated 13 December 2019

Morocco’s Gnawa musical culture listed by UNESCO

  • The tradition, which includes the veneration of Islamic holy men, dates back to at least the 16th century

RABAT: Gnawa culture, a centuries-old Moroccan practice rooted in music, African rituals and Sufi traditions, was on Thursday added to UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Gnawa refers to a “set of musical productions, fraternal practices and therapeutic rituals where the secular mixes with the sacred,” according to the nomination submitted by Morocco.

Often dressed in colorful outfits, Gnawa musicians play the guenbri, a type of lute with three strings, accompanied by steel castanets called krakebs.

They practice “a therapeutic ritual of possession ... which takes the form of all-night ceremonies of rhythms and trance combining ancestral African practices, Arab-Muslim influences and native Berber cultural performances,” the nomination document reads.

The tradition, which includes the veneration of Islamic holy men, dates back to at least the 16th century.

“Originally practiced and transmitted by groups and individuals from slavery and the slave trade,” today it is one of the many facets of Moroccan culture and identity.

Gnawa was popularized by a festival that started in 1997 in the southern port city of Essaouira.Until then, Gnawa brotherhoods had been little known, even marginalized.

Now, they attract waves of fans each year from across the globe to the Gnawa and World Music Festival in Essaouira that highlights a unique mix of musical styles.

Essaouira has seen greats such as Pat Metheny, Didier Lockwood and Marcus Miller perform with the most famous masters of Gnawa music, fusing the genre with other styles such as blues and jazz.

The number of brotherhoods and master musicians “is constantly growing in Morocco’s villages and major cities,” according to the nomination.

Gnawa groups “form associations and organize festivals” year-round, which enable the younger generation “to have knowledge of both the lyrics and musical instruments as well as practices and rituals” linked to Gnawa culture.