THE ROUNDUP – Regional pop-culture highlights

The Lebanese pop star Bashaar Al-Jawad came to fame on season four of “The Voice.” (Supplied)
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Updated 31 July 2020

THE ROUNDUP – Regional pop-culture highlights

Rasha Nahas

‘Tea Song’

The Palestinian artist’s latest single — an elegiac slow-burner with a killer guitar line — has attracted plenty of attention since its release on July 10, with Nahas being featured as Apple Music’s New Artist of the Month and seeing her track listed in Spotify’s global Fresh Finds playlist.

Abir

‘Inferno’

The Moroccan-American singer brings both sides of her heritage to this first release from her upcoming EP “Heat,” mixing Western R&B and pop with some Oriental flavor. “I’m a lot of things a Muslim Arab woman isn’t expected to be,” Abir says in a press release. “The current narrative is uninformed and it’s honestly boring.”

Bashaar Al-Jawad

‘Saabe Al-Rajaa’

The Lebanese pop star — who came to fame on season four of “The Voice” has released an upbeat dance version of this song — the soundtrack to the Ramadan series “Al Awda” — remixed by DJ Red Ramp. The new mix, according to a press release, is intended to “spread happiness and energy for everyone.”

Aeli ft. Seki Supervillain




Tunisian producer and composer Aeli recently moved from Dubai to Los Angeles. (Supplied)

‘Cry Me A Valley’

Tunisian producer and composer Aeli recently moved from Dubai to Los Angeles. To commemorate the move — which also marks his transition from architect to full-time music producer — he is set to release a string of collaborations with regional artists, all with the theme of “goodbye.” The first release sees Aeli join forces with a Dubai-based rapper on this Afrobeat track about a disintegrating relationship.


Russ’s Dubai concert postponed again

Updated 14 August 2020

Russ’s Dubai concert postponed again

DUBAI: US rapper and producer Russ’s Dubai concert, which was set to take place on Nov. 27, has been postponed for the second time, organizers said Friday.

The concert, which is now expected to happen in 2021, was initially scheduled to take place on March 27 at Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena, but was postponed to November over coronavirus fears.

Organizers tweeted that ticket holders would receive a full refund within 21 working days.

The new date is yet to be announced.