DJ Big Hass Drops New Radio Show and Other Area Pop Culture Highlights

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Read on to find out some of the regional pop culture highlights you might have missed.

“Catch a Vibe”

Saudi producer, broadcaster and DJ Big Hass launched this new weekly radio show, which highlights regional acts, on Pulse 95 from the United Arab Emirates (based in Sharjah) during Ramadan. “Catch A Vibe” is one of the few mainstream radio shows in the region to focus on alternative acts based or originating in the Arab world. It airs on Saturdays at 9 p.m. UAE time.

“It features local and original artists,” Hass says of the show. “Now these artists can’t say there’s no home for their songs to play on the radio and listeners can experience the region’s diversity of talent, whether performing in English, Arabic or any other language.”

The presenter hopes the show will foster a better understanding of the Arab region, especially in the United Arab Emirates, where the population is said to be made up of more than 200 nationalities.

“The Arab region cannot be reduced to a single country, a single area. Whether it’s North Africa, the Levant, the GCC, the Diaspora, that’s what it’s all about,” he says. “So for an hour, once a week, there’s no Justin Bieber, there’s no The Weeknd, there’s no Adele. With all due respect to those artists, the goal is to expose the world to the sounds coming from the Arab region, which are simply amazing.

Weird Comedy

As part of the Dubai Comedy Festival, Comedy Bizarre will be presented at the Bla Bla Dubai beach club, with an early morning show and a late show every day from May 14 to 20. The first shows take place from 8 p.m. with a different theme each day. Highlights include “Beat The Gong” on May 17, when 12 up-and-coming comedians will attempt to complete their short sets before being “blogged” offstage, and “She-Larious Show” on May 15, with an entirely feminine. lineup of comedians including Sameera Khan, Eman Khalouf and Imah Dumagay.

Late shows start at 10 p.m. every night and feature more established names including Axis of Evil co-founder Ahmed Ahmed, Dubomedy founders Mina Liccione and Ali Al-Sayed, Palestinian-American comedian and author Nina Kharoufeh (pictured), Iraqi-American comedian Paul Elia, British-Somali stand-up Prince Abdi and UAE-based American comedian Simeon Goodson.

Ashekman

The famous Lebanese street artist created this mural, “Tribute to Ziad Rahbani”, as part of “Abyat Bayn Al-Bouyout” (Verses between the houses) – a short film project conceived by the songwriter- performer and visual artist Tania Saleh, for whom this piece formed the pilot episode.

Rahbani is one of the most influential composers and writers in the Arab world and comes from perhaps the most important family in the Lebanese cultural scene – his father, Assi, is considered one of the founders of modern Arabic music. , while her mother, Fayrouz, is perhaps the only Arab diva who could challenge Umm Kulthum’s status as the greatest of all time.

According to a statement, Saleh’s project aims to “honor the legacy of our Arab poets, writers and thinkers and at the same time empower our young people to express themselves through drawing, painting and Arabic calligraphy to create beautiful street art paintings on the walls of the Arab world”.

Raheed Allaf

The Saudi artist is one of eight young creatives chosen to participate in the “Youth Takeover” at the Jameel Arts Center in Dubai. The group will present an exhibition called “smol” from May 18 to June 5. The exhibition “draws on the curiosities and transformations of being and majority, evoking carefree possibilities, nostalgia, new adventures, as well as feelings of helplessness and vulnerability in today’s world.” today,” according to a statement from the artists. Allaf contributes to this installation, entitled “Shoofeeni”.

Ÿuma

The Tunisian duo – Ramy Zoghlami and Sabrine Jenhani – recently released their latest single, “Sucre”. It’s the opening track from their new album “Hannet Lekloub”, and it’s the perfect introduction to the duo’s soulful and evocative acoustic music. Think alt-folk with hints of traditional Arabic music. The understated vocals work beautifully with the sparse instrumentation.

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