THE ROUNDUP – Regional pop-culture highlights

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

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.


Global pop group Now United shoots new music video in Abu Dhabi

Nour Ardakani (right), a 19-year-old singer from Lebanon, became the band’s 16th and first Arab member. Instagram
Nour Ardakani (right), a 19-year-old singer from Lebanon, became the band’s 16th and first Arab member. Instagram
Updated 16 January 2021

Global pop group Now United shoots new music video in Abu Dhabi

Nour Ardakani (right), a 19-year-old singer from Lebanon, became the band’s 16th and first Arab member. Instagram

DUBAI: Global pop group Now United has filmed its music video for “Lean on Me” at Abu Dhabi’s five-star Emirates Palace hotel.

The video starts with a sweeping view of the hotel, before showing band members performing choreographed dance moves in its plush corridors and outside terrace.

The band, made up of 16 members from as many countries, has spent the past few months in the UAE, following the search to find its newest member from the Middle East.

Nour Ardakani, a 19-year-old singer from Lebanon, became the band’s 16th — and first Arab — member.

She was handpicked by Simon Fuller, who founded The Spice Girls and created the “American Idol” TV show.

Since Ardakani’s arrival, the group has been busy recording new music and shooting videos in various locations around the UAE.

The video for its track “Habibi,” released in November to officially welcome Ardakani into the band, was shot partly in Dubai’s historic Al-Fahidi district, and in her native Lebanon.

This is not the first time that an artist or group has turned to the Arab world for inspiring cityscapes.

Cardi B’s breakout single as a rapper, “Bodak Yellow,” was filmed in the UAE. The video, set in Dubai, topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for three consecutive weeks, and received nominations for best rap performance and best rap song at the Grammys.

In 2018, US-Moroccan rapper French Montana went back to his roots for his “Famous” music video, shot in the Moroccan city of Chefchaouen, where he grew up.

British recording artist M.I.A also shot her 2012 music video for “Bad Girls” in Morocco. The video, filmed in the city of Ouarzazate, won the VMA for best cinematography and best direction, and was nominated for a Grammy.