Majida El-Roumy to Perform in a Ladies-Only Concert in Riyadh

Veteran Lebanese soprano Majida El-Roumy will perform in a ladies-only concert in Riyadh on Dec. 28, the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has announced.

The event will be held at the Conference and Convention Center of Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University.

The announcement by the GEA and El-Roumy herself sent fans into a frenzy. Those in the Saudi capital were excited, while those in Jeddah and other cities were disappointed.

The legendary singer, 61, was born in Kfarshima, Lebanon. (Source: Instagram - @majidaelroumi)

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Saudi Actress Ahd Kamel Set to Make Arabs Proud

After starring in the first feature — Wadjda — to ever be shot completely in Saudi Arabia, this actress is set to make all Arabs proud with another huge step!

Kamel will be playing the role of an Arab woman called Fatma, in the thriller created by Oscar-nominated screenwriter David Hare.(Source: Instagram - @ahdkamel)

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Nelly Can’t Have a Female Crowd in Saudi Arabia

Nelly will be holding a concert along side Cheb Khaled next month in Jeddah (source: Instagram - @derrtymo)

Nelly will be holding a concert along side Cheb Khaled next month in Jeddah (source: Instagram – @derrtymo)

Written by Zaid Bawab

Nelly, the American rapper will be holding a concert along side Raï singer Cheb Khaled next month in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The event is to take place on December the fourteenth and is considered to be a “big deal” since music concerts were mostly not allowed in the country.  

But with an allocated budget of two point seven billion dollars, thirty two years old Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s aims to bring life again to such activities and reform the country’s entertainment sector.

Since the announcement of the event on social media, it has been received positively. Yet, the concert could also alarm the downside of the kingdom’s entertainment sector. The tickets are relatively high in price -one hundred and twenty dollars each- and can only be acquired my males.

The Controversy did not stop here as some female followers of the artist condemned the male only concert policy calling it “stupid” at times. Other commentators were concerned about the “Hot in Here” rapper’s accusations of sexual assault and possession of marijuana.

It is not the first time that a major American act performs in Saudi Arabia. A few months ago, Troby Keith performed alongside the local superstar Rabeh Saqer at Riyadh. The male only policy was no different then and strange enough the event took place in the same week that Donald Trump was in the Saudi Kingdom. 

The country singer was not allowed to sing about Alcohol, sex or drugs, which could have been a tough task for him with a repertoire that revolves around those themes and he ended up with a set-list that barely has known songs.

The “Dilemma” singer could be facing an actual dilemma choosing songs for his concert in the Arab country where women are mostly fully covered, alcohol is not allowed and smuggling drugs is a death crime since many of his major hits do take sex, alcohol or drugs as their main topic. Take for example the lyrics of “Hot in Here”  
“It’s gettin hot in herre (so hot), so take off all your clothes
I am – gettin so hot, I wanna take my clothes off” 

This could be the first time that the rapper performs in a “limiting” Middle East venue other than one charity concert her performed in two years ago in Erbil, Iraq and neither him nor his team commented on his planned Saudi Arabia concert.

Nelly Can’t Have a Female Crowd in Saudi Arabia

Written by Zaid Bawab

The American rapper Nelly will be holding a concert along side Raï singer Cheb Khaled next month in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The event is to take place on December 14th and is been considered by many as a “big deal”, given that music concerts are mostly not allowed in the country.  

Nelly will be holding a concert along side Cheb Khaled next month in Jeddah (source: Instagram - @derrtymo)

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Comic Con Launches in the Riyadh Rain

Comic Con Arabia, the Saudi version of the global brand, launched Thursday with high-profile guests at the International Convention Center.

Comic Con Arabia, the Saudi version of the global brand, launched Thursday with high-profile guests at the International Convention Center. /AFP

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Model Shanina Shaik is Working Hard Despite Victoria’s Secret Snub

The model missed out on appearing in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show for a second year in a row this year, after walking for the brand four times in the past.

And it appears Shanina Shaik was keeping busy this week, as pictures began emerging of the much-anticipated catwalk show.

The 26-year-old took to Instagram from the Free People’s New York office, writing: ‘Love working with my @FreePeople team.’

Instagram @shaninamshaik

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