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.


Footwear designer Amina Muaddi celebrates ‘heavy-hearted birthday’

The celebrity-loved shoemaker celebrated her 34th birthday on Monday. (Instagram)
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Footwear designer Amina Muaddi celebrates ‘heavy-hearted birthday’

DUBAI: A birthday celebration during a pandemic and protests did not sound right for footwear designer Amina Muaddi. 

The celebrity-loved shoemaker, who is of half Jordanian and half Romanian descent but grew up in Italy, celebrated her 34th birthday on Monday.

It has been “the most heavy hearted birthday” of her life, she said on Instagram. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This has been the most heavy hearted Birthday of my life. 2020 is something else. From my personal struggles, to COVID, to the constant racial profiling of minorities, to the ruthless murder of George Floyd and the loss of so many other innocent black lives before his, my heart has been bleeding. I’m wondering what type of childhood trauma a man must have to become a racist scum who enjoys murdering an innocent black man on camera?! I’m thinking about the disturbed phobias his family must have instilled in him in order to create such a sadic murderer. These issues are rooted in our childhoods. It’s good to see the greatest social media activation bringing awareness to the Black Lives Matter movement, but it’s important to remember that this is not a trending topic. Racism is deeply rooted, instilled and spread from generation to generation. Changing a long term racist mentality would take too long and we simply can’t afford the time. This is where the anger comes from. Make sure you don’t raise new racists. Make sure you analyze properly the psyche of a cop before you admit him into your institutions, where some of these murderers masked as policemen are legally allowed to kill. Make sure you are not scared of the unknown. Ignorance is the only thing you have to fear. The darker the skin, the higher the level of racism experienced. George Floyd, I dedicate these beautiful flowers to you and to the countless other victims that came before you. Thank you for the wonderful wishes and for filling my Birthday with love even if I didn’t want to celebrate it this year. They moved me deep & helped my soul.

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“From my personal struggles, to COVID, to the constant racial profiling of minorities, to the ruthless murder of George Floyd and the loss of so many other innocent black lives before his, my heart has been bleeding,” Muaddi wrote captioning a picture of flower bouquets around her house.

The designer went on to express her frustration towards the killing of African-American citizen George Floyd, who died last week at the hands of US police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

“Racism is deeply rooted, instilled and spread from generation to generation. Changing a long term racist mentality would take too long and we simply can’t afford the time. This is where the anger comes from,” Muaddi explained to her 468,000 followers.

By the end of her heartfelt message she wrote: “George Floyd, I dedicate these beautiful flowers to you and to the countless other victims that came before you.” 

The current situation, however, did not stop influencers around the world from sending Muaddi their warm wishes. 

Lebanese influencer Lana El-Sahely and Egyptian-Moroccan-Dutch model Imaan Hammam commented on her post with sweet birthday messages. 

Lebanese-Australian model Jessica Kahawaty took to her Instagram story to post a picture with the designer to celebrate her special day.

“Thank you for the wonderful wishes and for filling my birthday with love even if I didn’t want to celebrate it this year. They moved me deep and helped my soul,” the designer responded. 

Muaddi launched her eponymous footwear line, famous for the signature flared heels in August 2018. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@kyliejenner poses in her Begum slingback in bright pink silk satin. #AminaMuaddi #AminasLadies #KylieJenner

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Her label’s lineup of distinct pumps, sling-backs, mules, boots and sandals in an array of vibrant colors and holographic designs have since garnered a loyal checklist of famous fans, including Dua Lipa, Gigi Hadid, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin Bieber.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@badgalriri posing in her BEGUM glass slingback pumps. #AminasLadies #rihanna #AminaMuaddiSS19 #AminaMuaddi

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