Saudi women rappers, singers to star in at-home concert on Instagram

Saudi singer tamtam is one of the performers. (Instagram/@tamtamsound)
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Updated 23 April 2020

Saudi women rappers, singers to star in at-home concert on Instagram

DUBAI: We might not get to experience the thrill of physically attending an in-real-life show while we’re all social distancing, but radio personality Hassane Dennaoui — more commonly known as Big Hass — has curated the next best thing: A live online concert featuring performances from rising Saudi female artists.

Following on the success of “The Beat DXB Lockdown,” an online music festival that took place last week, Dennaoui has announced another virtual musical event, “The Beat DXB Lockdown: Saudi Femmes.” Set to take place on Wednesday, the online event aims to spotlight the lesser-known, growing female music scene in the Kingdom while simultaneously empowering and celebrating the creativity and talent of the Saudi artists who make it up. 




Big Hass photographed by Omar Tartoob

“We are living in unprecedented times: We are all confined at home, so why not take advantage of this situation and turn it into something positive, inspiring and beneficial for the independent music scene,” said Dennaoui to Arab News. “My heart beats Saudi Arabia, so I never skip a chance to support the hip-hop scene, or in this case, Saudi female artists.”

In partnership with wristwatch label Baby-G, the virtual showcase will feature performances from 13 artists including tamtam, a Riyadh-born Los Angeles-based singer  who has gained a cult following for her socially conscious music, R&B singer Roya and Jeddah-based Sarah Chafei, among others. Opera musician Sawsan Al-Bahiti, soul singer Lady Lou and Jeddah-based vocalist Amal will also be participating in the digital concert.

“I have been fascinated since the beginning of social distancing by how much people have come together through music,” stated Al-Bahiti. “The performances that take place live on social media have made the world one big audience. These online shows have allowed viewers to feel closer to the artist and helped the artist reach their fans in a very heartwarming way.”

Each singer will go live from her own Instagram account while the full lineup can be viewed live online at www.thebeatdxb.com.


Rihanna makes foray into skin care with Fenty Skin

Rihanna is launching Fenty Skin on July 31. File/Getty
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Rihanna makes foray into skin care with Fenty Skin

DUBAI: Singer-turned-entrepreneur Rihanna is having quite the busy July. Less than 24-hours after debuting her newest footwear collection in collaboration with Romanian-Jordanian designer Amina Muaddi for her luxury maison Fenty, the multi-hyphenate has just announced that she is launching skin care at the end of the month. 

The beauty mogul shared a preview of her newest offering, Fenty Skin, on her personal Instagram and brand new Fenty Skin account on Wednesday. 

“Ima try my best to be humble about this but, @fentyskin is coming July 31st exclusively at FENTYSKIN.COM!! Y’all ain’t hear it from me but you can shop it early if ya drop me your email through the link in my bio… (sic),” she wrote to her 84.8 million followers.

While details of the line’s products are still scarce, according to the website, the range will be 100 percent cruelty-free and will feature medicated as well as non-medicated skin care, soap, body care and personal care products. 

Beauty aficionados can sign up to a newsletter on FentySkin.com for “early access” on July 29. 

Speculations that Rihanna was making her foray into skincare came back in March, when Page Six reported that the name Fenty Skin got filed with the United States Trademark and Patent Office. 

Then in April, the singer confirmed to British Vogue in an interview that a skin care range was in the work.

The “Wild Thoughts” hitmaker launched her ultra-inclusive cosmetics range Fenty Beauty in 2017.