Prince Khaled writes poem to inspire troops at southern borders

Updated 12 February 2016

Prince Khaled writes poem to inspire troops at southern borders

RIYADH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has written a patriotic poem to inspire Saudi troops at the southern borders.

Titled, “I wish to be with you,” the poem infuses encouragement in the hearts and minds of troops guarding the borders in Najran, Asir and Jazan.
It also expresses in tender and lucid lines the poet’s desire to join the troops in their valor and heroism in defending the Kingdom from the terrorists.
The poem has been placed on a board bearing messages from students in coordination with the Department of Education in Jeddah.
In his poem, Prince Khaled lauds the Saudi troops for their patriotism, selflessness as well as love for their country, even at the expense of their lives.
On Wednesday, three members of the National Guard died in Rabuah in Najran while defending their country and their religion.
The well-known Saudi Islamic scholar Dr. Mohsin Shaikh Al-Hassan — also a TV host and a poet himself — has expressed appreciation and gratitude for the poem.
“Prince Khaled is not only the king’s adviser and Makkah governor, he’s also an authority on Arab and Islamic literature,” Al-Hassan said.
“Price Khaled’s poems reach the southern borders of the Kingdom and people there read and admire them. They look up to him,” he said.
He added that the poet has won numerous awards from prestigious literary organizers.


Passionate Saudi musicians Jwa ready to take the world by storm

The group has plans to perform in Jordan, Egypt, Dubai and Bahrain, as it awaits the release of its first album before exploring new horizons. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 19 February 2020

Passionate Saudi musicians Jwa ready to take the world by storm

  • Jwa’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25
  • The word “jwa” in Arabic means the “highest levels of passion and love,” which embodies how the quintet feel about Indie music — the thing that brought them together

RIYADH: The music scene in the Kingdom is exploding, with young, talented Saudis taking full advantage of the developments in the country by showcasing their talent.
 In a limited time, young Saudi musicians have proven that they are equal to any other young cohort of musicians anywhere in the world.
 One of those talents is a young band from Dhahran, Jwa. Currently performing locally in Riyadh, Jeddah and other cities in the Eastern Province, the group has plans to perform in Jordan, Egypt, Dubai and Bahrain, as it awaits the release of its first album before exploring new horizons.
 The band, formed in 2018, is composed of Methgal Al-Shammari on drums, Mohammad Al-Nahas (bass and vocals), Arkan Al-Zahrani (guitar), Mansour Al-Gallaf (guitar) and Fawaz Baasem (keyboard).
They have had two local hit singles, “Ya Safina” and “Min Jadeed.” Methgal and Mohammad, the founders of Jwa, say that at first they “performed at numerous local events and parties” across the Kingdom. It did not take them long to become popular among Saudis.

FASTFACTS

• Jwa was formed in 2018.

• Since its launch it has two local hit singles.

• The band’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25.

The word “jwa” in Arabic means the “highest levels of passion and love,” which embodies how the quintet feel about Indie music — the thing that brought them together.
However, they have faced many challenges in the last two years. Methgal and Mohammad said initially a “lack of support for independent bands” and “weakness of the nurturing music environment” within the country halted their progress.
However, due to the steps taken by the General Entertainment Authority, bands like Jwa have become able to make their voices and music heard. In the future, they are looking to go international, to “make their band known not only to different regions of Saudi Arabia but also abroad to gain more momentum and attraction.”
Jwa’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25.