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.


Actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds donate $200,000 amid US protests

Updated 01 June 2020

Actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds donate $200,000 amid US protests

DUBAI: Protests were held across the US this week demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the other black Americans who have been victims of police brutality. Many celebrities joined in on these protests in major cities such as Los Angeles or New York, including French-Algerian actress Sofia Boutella, pop star Ariana Grande, model Emily Ratajkowski and rapper J. Cole. 

Meanwhile, other stars have taken to their social media platforms to demand justice and draw attention to various organizations which help low-income protesters pay bail or donation pages that directly benefit the family members of the victims. 

Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively  shared a joint statement on Instagram on Sunday night, revealing that they donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defence Fund, a civil and human rights legal organization that provides legal assistance to low-income African Americans.

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The couple, who share two children together, wrote “We've never had to worry about preparing our kids for different rules of law or what might happen if we're pulled over in the car. We don’t know what it’s like to experience that life day in and day out. We can’t imagine feeling that kind of fear and anger. We’re ashamed that in the past we’ve allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is."

The couple’s statement continued, “We want to educate ourselves about other people’s experiences and talk to our kids about everything, all of it… especially our own complicity.” 

Lively and Reynolds aren’t the only celebrities to donate a hefty sum amid the George Floyd protests sweeping the US. Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen pledged to donate $200,000 towards the bail-outs of protesters across the nation.