Tunisian-French singer Sonia Ben Ammar is back in the studio

The Tunisian-French singer is working on a new musical project. File/Instagram
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Updated 28 July 2020

Tunisian-French singer Sonia Ben Ammar is back in the studio

DUBAI: It appears that Tunisian-French singer and model Sonia Ben Ammar is working on a new musical project. 

The 21-year-old shared with her 734,000 Instagram followers this weekend that she is back in the studio and working on something for her fans after months of self-isolation.

“Documentation of the (very) rare times I didn’t show up to the studio in my pajamas. I know these are old but I’m working on a new project for ya (sic),” Ben Ammar wrote alongside a series of images of herself at the studio, including one where she is seen wearing white thigh-high cowboy boots and a leather blazer dress. 

“To be honest I find it challenging to stay inspired and write songs when it feels like the word is crumbling apart but art keeps us sane and brings us closer together so I like to remind myself that,” she added. 

The singer, who splits her time between France and California, launched her first EP, a four-track project  entitled “EP 1” in Nov 2019 with her debut single “Joyride.”

For her debut EP, Ben Ammar teamed up with Jason Quennville, better known as “DaHeala,” the producer behind The Weeknd’s hit, “Starboy” and “Beauty Behind the Madness.” However, it is uncertain whether he is involved with the model-slash-singer’s forthcoming project. 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

EP out Friday I can’t begin to express how I feel. I hope it makes YOU feel. You can pre order it link in bio

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Memorably, she performed live at Coachella back in 2018, joining French DJ Petit Biscuit for a surprise set, in which she sang their hit “Creation Comes Alive” to a packed crowd.

Born in Paris, the multi-hyphenate – who moved to Los Angeles for college (she studied music business) and to pursue her singing career – is also a rising star in the fashion industry. 

She made her runway debut in 2017 for Miu Miu and quickly found herself in demand from some of the most renowned labels, including Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Carolina Hererra.

In addition to her modeling and singing careers, she has also appeared in a couple of French films, including the 2013 film “Jappeloup” – Her parents are Tunisian director Tarek Ben Ammar and actress Beata.


‘Gladiator’ star Russell Crowe pitches in to rescue blast-hit Beirut eatery Le Chef

Updated 13 August 2020

‘Gladiator’ star Russell Crowe pitches in to rescue blast-hit Beirut eatery Le Chef

  • Oscar-winning Crowe said on Twitter that he made the donation “on behalf of Anthony Bourdain”

BEIRUT: Hollywood star Russell Crowe said Thursday that he donated funds to help rebuild a blast-hit Beirut restaurant on behalf of late food icon Anthony Bourdain, who loved its traditional dishes.
The decades-old Le Chef restaurant, located in the heart of a trendy Beirut district, is a beloved neighborhood place renowned for its home-style cooking.
It was blown to pieces by the August 4 explosion that killed 171 people, wounded at least 6,500 and ravaged swathes of Beirut.
The Oscar-winning Crowe, best known for his role in the 2000 action film Gladiator, said on Twitter that he made the donation “on behalf of Anthony Bourdain.”

“I thought that he would have probably done so if he was still around,” Crowe said of the celebrity chef and travel journalist who committed suicide in 2018.
“Hope things can be put back together soon.”
Crowe’s $5,000 donation was made on a GoFundMe page set up by fans of Le Chef, a restaurant popular with tourists as well as locals in the Gemmayzeh neighborhood that was among the hardest-hit by the explosion.
The online fundraiser raised nearly $11,000 in less than 24 hours, just $2,000 short of its target.

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Le Chef is where Bourdain had his first meal when he and his crew where trapped in Lebanon for a week in 2006 because of a month-long war with Israel.
It is featured in the highly-praised Lebanon episode of his ‘No Reservations’ series.
“Really good food, very traditional,” Bourdain says of the restaurant in the show, calling it a “nice mix” of old and new.
It’s a “good first meal in Beirut.”