Jeddah’s Hip Hop Night

Updated 10 October 2012

Jeddah’s Hip Hop Night

The weekend started off with an unforgettable evening at the US Consulate where eight local talents were discovered and others were supported. The US Consulate hosted ‘Saudis First National Hip Hop’ night for local rappers/musicians last Wednesday with a large audience who attended to show support, and others to discover new talents.
Hassan AKA Big Hass, also known as the founder of RE-VOLT Radio, a music activist and the creator of Saudis first Hip Hop FM radio show, hosted the event with great energy saying “It was an honor to host and introduce the event. I am proud of the local scene and how they all got together and supported each other, everyone had the back of real hip hop!”
The event started with Noureddin Hossam, a 19-year-old college student at the College of Business Administration, who’s also a music producer. “My interest in music started when I was 15-16-years-old goofing through music programs using my laptop,” he commented, which lead him to the chance to be part of such musical events. “I believed I would be big someday,” he added.
Big Hass introducing himself to the audience wondering aloud, “Why do people go outside to steal music when we have great local talents hidden here?” The audience agreed with encouraging applause.
Afterwards, headed to the stage were singers Ayzee, Speech, Jeddah FAM, Timba & Zion, Abz, Westside Us, Run Conjunction and finally ending with Edan followed by Paten Locke. They covered most areas of Hip Hop genres varying from pop-rap, rap core, freestyle rap, and reggae to dance hall, bringing the audience joy by hearing music that made them want to dance.
ArabNews asked the audience for their opinion regarding the event, and a reply came from Nadia, who happens to be a musician (pianist) herself. “It was fantastic, I greatly enjoyed the night. I was also impressed with all the hidden local talents! I always love to encourage fellow musicians! I’m really proud.”
Another thought “It was definitely above average, especially since they are local artists. Great performance”
As for Zion, whose interest in music started at the age of eight, and began writing music at the age of 13 after the encouragement he got from his younger brother, commented “Such an amazing opportunity to have the chance to sing to such a great, supportive audience.” Zion describes his music as a mixture of reggae and dancehall, inspired by musicians such as Sean Paul.
The Westside Us, a band of five, started the band in 2006. “Our band is more likely to be described as a family rather than just for fun. As for our main purpose, it is to spread positivity and life through rap music by reaching not for better, but the best,” They added “We had such a great time here, and with all the support from these people. It was a really great opportunity.”

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Tulips from Amsterdam? A blooming scam, says new probe

This file photo taken on March 6, 2003 shows bulbs at the flower market in Amsterdam. (AFP)
Updated 16 October 2019

Tulips from Amsterdam? A blooming scam, says new probe

  • Tulip bulbs should only be sold between August to December and planted before the start of the (northern hemisphere) winter, in order for the flowers to bloom in spring

THE HAGUE: Tourists are being ripped off at Amsterdam’s famous flower market, with just one percent of all bulbs sold at the floating bazaar ever producing a blossom, investigators said Tuesday.
A probe commissioned by the Dutch capital’s municipality and tulip growers also found that often only one flower resembled the pictures on the packaging like color, and that there were fewer bulbs than advertised.
“The probe showed that there is chronic deception of consumers,” at the sale of tulip bulbs at the flower market, the Royal General Bulb Growers’ Association (KAVB) said.
“Millions of tourists and day-trippers are being duped,” KAVB chairman Rene le Clercq said in a statement.
Amsterdam and the KAVB have now referred the matter to the Dutch consumer watchdog.
The Amsterdam flower market is one of the city’s most famous landmarks and dates from around 1862, when flower sellers sailed their barges up the Amstel River and moored them in the “Singel” to sell their goods.
Its fame inspired the popular song “Tulips from Amsterdam,” best known for a 1958 version by British entertainer Max Bygraves.
Today the market comprises of a number of fixed barges with little greenhouses on top. Vendors not only sell tulip bulbs but also narcissus, snowdrops, carnations, violets, peonies and orchids.
But of 1,363 bulbs bought from the Singel and then planted, just 14 actually bloomed, the investigation said.
Investigators found a similar problem along the so-called “flower bulb boulevard” in Lisse, a bulb-field town south of Amsterdam where the famous Keukenhof gardens are also situated.
Since first imported from the Ottoman Empire 400 years ago, tulips “have become our national symbol and the bulb industry a main player in the Dutch economy,” said Le Clercq.
But the “deception about the tulip bulbs is a problem that has been existing for the past 20 years,” he added.

The victims are often tourists, KAVB director Andre Hoogendijk said.
“A tourist who buys a bad bulb is not likely to come back,” he told Amsterdam’s local AT5 news channel.
Vendors at the market told AT5 that complaints were known.
“There are indeed stalls here that sell rubbish. That is to everyone’s disadvantage, because it portrays the whole flower market in a bad light,” one unidentified vendor said.
But a spokesperson for the City of Amsterdam said that all vendors were being investigated “and that the results are shocking.”
“So to say that it is only a few stalls is not true,” the spokesperson told AFP in an email.
The probe took place earlier in the year during springtime, the spokesperson said.
“The issue is that you shouldn’t even sell tulip bulbs during the spring. No decent florist shop in Holland does that.”
Tulip bulbs should only be sold between August to December and planted before the start of the (northern hemisphere) winter, in order for the flowers to bloom in spring.