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.


US-Moroccan singer Abir releases second EP

Updated 09 August 2020

US-Moroccan singer Abir releases second EP

DUBAI: US-Moroccan singer Abir has released this week her second EP, “Heat.”

The Fez-born crooner’s new musical project is a collection of seven songs, which she describes as “Arab pop.”

The new EP is accompanied by visuals for the singles “Inferno” and “Yallah.” Both music videos were shot on location in the Moroccan desert just outside of Marrakech with the help of a team of all Arab creatives. 

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I can’t believe I’m announcing this!!!!!!! My sophomore EP, HEAT, will be with you Friday, AUGUST 7TH This project is near and dear to my heart for reasons far beyond music. I consider this project to be the culmination of many years of growth and self-discovery—a journey that extends to a newfound connection with the meaning of my name, an Arabic word that translates as “fragrance of a flower” and ultimately signifies a certain blossoming into the woman I've become. As a daughter of the East and West, I wanted to explore that duality in my music as well as contribute to the conversation surrounding Arab women + challenge the narrative that exists in today's world. I pray you receive this project with an open heartPre-save link in my bio! AUGUST 7TH, YALLAH!!!

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“As a daughter of the East and West, I wanted to explore that duality in my music as well as contribute to the conversation surrounding Arab women and challenge the narrative that exists in today’s world,” the singer said on Instagram ahead of the EP’s launch. 

“This project is near and dear to my heart for reasons far beyond music. I consider this project to be the culmination of many years of growth and self-discovery.”