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WATCH: France bids a huge final farewell to rocker Hallyday

Saturday, 9 December 2017

A 'national homage' to French rocker Johnny Hallyday began in Paris Saturday with an honour guard of up to 700 bikers following his hearse down the Champs Elysees. Tens of thousands of fans lined the streets of the French capital to bid a final farewell to the 74-year-old singer known as the French Elvis, who died of lung cancer on Wednesday. Some fans cried as Hallyday's body, in a white coffin, was driven down the grand ceremonial avenue towards the Madeleine church for his funeral ceremony. ...

Yanni tweets: Saudis will help country ‘take its rightful place in the world’

Friday, 8 December 2017

It has been six days of breathtaking performances by pianist and composer Yanni in Saudi Arabia. The experience has been overwhelming for the maestro, which is evident from his tweets. On Friday Yanni tweeted: “KSA: An amazing culture in the mist of a wondrous change at an incredible rate! So many bright minds, men and women, young and old alike, from all walks of life, who love their country, and can, and will, help this nation rise and take its rightful place in the world!...Yanni” ...

Saudi girl band Khamsa Adwaa tops YouTube’s most trending music videos

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Khamsa Adwaa (Five Lights), a Saudi band made up of young girls, has topped the list of this year’s most trending music videos on YouTube.   The list also includes Moroccan pop sensation Saad Lamjarad, as well as the hit single Talat Daqat (Three Beats) by Egypt’s Abu featuring iconic film star Yousra. The results are also reflective of the diversity of YouTube’s audience in the Middle East.   Like last year, all of 2017’s most trending non-music videos are by ...

Music producer Russell Simmons steps down after sex assault claim

Friday, 1 December 2017

Music producer Russell Simmons said on Thursday he was stepping down from his fashion and production businesses after a screenwriter said in a column in the Hollywood Reporter that Simmons sexually assaulted her in 1991. Jenny Lumet, the screenwriter daughter of the late movie director Sidney Lumet, in a Thursday Hollywood Reporter column accused Simmons of forcing himself on her in his New York apartment in 1991. Simmons, 60, the co-founder of hip-hop label Def Jam Records and also a film ...

Saudi Arabia witnesses resurgence in music as it welcomes Greek maestro Yanni

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Saudis are gearing up for what many are calling a historic series of concerts this weekend as the famed award-winning Greek composer and maestro Yanni prepares for concerts in Riyadh and Jeddah. The excitement is so high that tickets to his four concerts - scheduled for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 - were sold out within hours after going on sale weeks earlier. “It is very obvious that the kingdom is ready to make a historic turn. I just wanted to be here to witness it, even in some small way. I am ...

Shireen Maalouf, the pianist playing for prisoners

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Shireen Maalouf is one of the most precious people I met while studying in Lebanon. She resembles sweet rain that flows in a forgotten and remote land.She simply feels the pain of others and hopes to save them at all times. Her financial capabilities were not much but she had a bigger heart than just play piano for the rich and the intellectuals in fancy theatres.Shireen, the passionate and skilled pianist, thus escaped from all those who feel no pain and decided to transport her piano in a ...

Reem Al-Kamali

Shawn Mendes beats Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran to win best-artist at MTV EMAs

Monday, 13 November 2017

Shawn Mendes beat Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran to win the best-artist prize Sunday at the MTV EMAs, while U2 were proclaimed global icons in a show that celebrated London’s diverse culture, from pubs to pirate radio. Mendes, the 19-year-old Canadian star, also won the best-song trophy for “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” to the delight of fans standing in a polite onstage mosh-pit at the city’s SSE Arena. Fittingly, he also took the prize for best fans. The ...

This Indian music band has tugged at heartstrings around the world

Monday, 23 October 2017

India’s Swamibapa pipe band is not your trendy troupe of long-haired lip-splitters strutting their stuff by belting out ear-splitting music to make hay. Indeed, the selfless pipers, drummers and drum majors of this 62-year-old ensemble are all virtuosi par excellence and also men of virtues. The world’s first international traditional Indian-Scottish bagpipe band performs not just at rare religious and cultural events but also rises to the occasion by rushing to the scenes of natural ...

Ed Sheeran ‘bruised and broken’ after accident, tour uncertain

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Singer Ed Sheeran said he was “a bit bruised and broken” on Wednesday as he recovered from a bicycle accident that left him with a broken wrist, elbow and rib and led to the cancellation of shows on the Asia leg of his tour.Sheeran, 26, sported a full cast on one arm and a sling on the other arm as he walked down the red carpet at London’s Q Awards for music.“I am a bit bruised and broken but I am fine,” the singer told Reuters. “It was a bike accident and I ...

VIDEO: Sounds of music replace sounds war for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon

Thursday, 5 October 2017

From wars in their home cities to camps in Lebanon, a music association in Beirut hopes to rehabilitate Palestinian and Syrian refugees by tapping into their musical talents.The program has had a significant shift in the lives of children and young adults, some of whom recently escaped from unspeakable crimes of war.The “Action for Hope” Music School began two years ago to train refugees to sing and play musical instruments.

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