The Killers bring Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to a rousing finish

The Killers closed out the Ya Salam after-race concerts on Sunday. AFP
Updated 02 December 2019

The Killers bring Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to a rousing finish

  • The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix came to a triumphant close on Sunday with a roaring performance by The Killers
  • The performance was an energetic medley of some of their biggest hits

ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix came to a triumphant close on Sunday with a roaring performance by iconic American band The Killers who brought the house down at Yas Island’s Du Arena.

The Las Vegas rockers, who gave us “Run for Cover” and “Somebody Told Me,” closed out the Ya Salam after-race concerts, following a string of stellar performances from the likes of DJ Marshmello who kicked things off on Thursday, rappers Future and Gucci Mane who took to the stage on Friday and Saturday’s performer Lana Del Rey.

The performance, which was their first in Abu Dhabi in over a decade — the group’s last appearance in the emirate was in 2009 — was an energetic medley of some of their biggest hits, including from their 2004 multi-platinum debut album, “Hot Fuss” such as “All These Things That I’ve Done,” “Somebody Told Me” and “Mr. Brightside,” which had the entire crowd singing along.

With no shortage of chart-topping hits to pick and choose from, the band also performed live renditions of classics such as “When You Were Young” and “Smile Like You Mean It.”  

At one point, the band’s lead vocalist, Brandon Flowers, invited an eager fan on the stage to take over the drums from Ronnie Vannucci Jr. for the 2006 track "For Reasons Unknown."

It’s not the first time the Las Vegas natives have rocked a Formula 1 crowd. The band previously performed at the Singapore Grand Prix last year.

Concert goers also got to enjoy a performance from British dance pop duo Hollaphonic, who opened up for the band.  


Zingy rom-com ‘Seriously Single’ offers lighthearted plot with refreshing twist

The film was directed by Katleho and Rethabile Ramaphakela. Supplied
Updated 04 August 2020

Zingy rom-com ‘Seriously Single’ offers lighthearted plot with refreshing twist

CHENNAI: Loneliness can become excruciatingly difficult especially in times like these with a pandemic ravaging the world. And for those who live alone, it can be even more difficult.

Although the South African film, “Seriously Single,” takes place in a happier, normal period, its protagonist, Dineo (Fulu Mugovhani), is single and so lonely that she is desperate to hook up with any man who crosses her path.

A social manager in a Johannesburg firm, she is happy at work and with her close girlfriend, Noni (Tumi Morake). But after two disastrous relationships, Dineo is clearly unhappy. And she commits one mistake that so many men and women with failed affairs do. She befriends Lunga (Bohang Moeko) – on the rebound.

Directed by a brother-and-sister team, Katleho and Rethabile Ramaphakela, the movie, now playing on Netflix, infuses comedy into the gravity of the situation that Dineo finds herself in.

Lunga is already engaged to marry a girl, but does not tell Dineo, hoping that the new relationship would be nothing else but short-lived – a kind of one-night stand. Dineo has other ideas.

“Seriously Single” turns out predictable characters, but then they add a zing to the plot. Supplied

Dineo’s relationship with Lunga flies into turbulence, and she turns to Noni for advice and comfort. Noni firmly advocates independence and believes that women do not need men – except for physical gratification. She proudly keeps repeating that she never goes beyond a one-night stand. Otherwise, it can turn into a relationship, leading to possible heartbreak and sorrow.

“Seriously Single” turns out predictable characters, but then they add a zing to the plot, and this is what makes the film rise above the mundane.

Both women are genially disposed, and the betrayals they face have an element of fun. They are not morose, and there is no need for tissues.

Unfortunately, little attempt is made to capture the scenic beauty of Johannesburg. Supplied
 

There is nothing much to talk about in terms of cinematography, and the imagery is often flat. Little attempt is made to capture the scenic beauty of Johannesburg.

But “Seriously Single” stays away from getting serious and offers a lighthearted story of two women who think very differently, only to prove in the end that both were wide of the mark.

The twist when it comes after several ups and downs is refreshingly different.