DJs call the tune at Riyadh fashion pop-up

Moh Flow, a Syrian artist based in Dubai, delivered a hit set-list to an enthralled audience.
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Updated 23 December 2019

DJs call the tune at Riyadh fashion pop-up

  • The pop-up event focused on Saudi fashion with exclusive live art, photography, community talks and music

RIYADH: Leading DJs followed up their set lists with words of inspiration at a pop-up event in Riyadh hosted by Saudi fashion label AA (A for Anonymous).

Saudi “X-Factor Arabia” winner Hamza Hawsawi, Vinyl Mode, Moh Flow, DJ Majid and DJ Baloo were among performers and artists helping AA celebrate Vision 2030 as well as the Kingdom’s youth culture in fields including music, philanthropy, sports and entrepreneurship.

The pop-up event, held at streetwear outlet Urbn Lot last week, focused on Saudi fashion with exclusive live art, photography, community talks and music.

DJ Majid set the stage with an uplifting set before being joined by his friend DJ Mohammed Nassar, aka Vinyl Mode. Both performed at MDL Beast, the region’s biggest music festival, held in Riyadh at the weekend.  

“These are exciting times. I got to play at MDL Beast with my brothers. This is a great moment in history,” Majid told Arab News.

Inspiration

Moh Flow, a Syrian artist based in Dubai, delivered a hit set list to an enthralled audience.

“I am a huge Moh Flow fan and I am so excited to see him in Riyadh,” Mazen, a visitor said.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Saudi philanthropist Wid Enani, founder of Live to Give, a Jeddah charity organization, encouraged young citizens to volunteer and ‘connect to their community to make it a better place.’

• Saudi artists Nawaf and Abdullah created live art. ‘It is an honor to be here and do this,’ they said.

• Yara, a young female rapper from Jeddah, traveled to Riyadh for her first performance in the capital.

The “X-Factor” winner, who made an appearance on the MDL Beast main stage on Saturday, “inspires us to believe that dreams can come true,” Abdullah, a blogger at the event, told Arab News.

“For all those who love to sing and have a passion, he has been brave enough to take the risk and pave the way.”

Speaking at the event, Saudi philanthropist Wid Enani, founder of Live to Give, a Jeddah charity organization, encouraged young Saudis to volunteer and “connect to their community to make it a better place.”

Yara, a young female rapper from Jeddah, traveled to Riyadh for her first performance in the capital.

“It is amazing to see female rappers get a platform in Riyadh,” she said. “I’ve never seen this before.”

Saudi artists Nawaf and Abdullah also created live art. “It is an honor to be here and do this,” they said.


Alternative artists Freek, Karrouhat drop surprise new singles

UAE-based rapper Freek released a new music video this week. (Instagram/@freektv)
Updated 29 March 2020

Alternative artists Freek, Karrouhat drop surprise new singles

DUBAI: You may be familiar with Freek, one of the biggest Arabic drill artists to come from the region, and this weekend, the rapper unveiled his latest music video for “Mush Fathi” – which means “I’m busy” in Arabic.  

The setting is a roof top, the dress code is luxury streetwear and the message is clear: The artist is indeed busy. 

Between churning out new music, the Somali artist, who was born Mustafa Ismail in the UAE, can be credited for pushing the sub-genre of hip hop, which was popularized by Chicago rapper and Kanye West co-signee Chief Keef, to the forefront in the Arab world. His unique sound, which combines Arabic lyrics with menacing trap-influenced beats, has landed him slots at acclaimed festivals including Sole DXB and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

In his ongoing pursuit of pioneering the sub-genre of hip hop in the Middle East, he has garnered a legion of fans that extend beyond the Gulf. A quick scroll through the YouTube comment section of his widely-viewed music videos reveals a following that encapsulates Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan and even goes as far as Canada.

And Freek wasn’t the only UAE-based artist to drop a new music video this week. Kuwait-born DJ and model Basil Al-Hadi, who goes by the moniker Karrouhat, also treated his fans to a surprise new musical release. The DJ posted the clip for “Nefsi Aghaneelik” on YouTube on Saturday.