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'A beautiful place filled with beautiful people': Joss Stone falls in love with Saudi Arabia

The British singer touched down in the Kingdom as part of her mission to perform in every country of the world

British singer Joss Stone has visited Saudi Arabia as part of her world tour. She posted a photo of herself wearing a scarf wrapped around her face, but then pointed out that she "realised that she didn’t even have to wear it". Instagram / Joss Stone
British singer Joss Stone has visited Saudi Arabia as part of her world tour. She posted a photo of herself wearing a scarf wrapped around her face, but then pointed out that she "realised that she didn’t even have to wear it". Instagram / Joss Stone

She's famous for her White Stripes cover Fell in Love with a Boy, and it looks like Joss Stone has also fallen in love with Saudi Arabia.

The British singer-songwiter visited the Kingdom this week on her all-encompassing world tour, which she hopes will take in every single country on the globe.

Stone, 32, has already performed in Syria, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, to name just a few, and on Tuesday shared her thoughts on her most recent trip.

"I cannot wait to tell everyone I meet to go visit this beautiful place filled with beautiful people," she posted on her Instagram account, along with a selfie tagged in Jeddah.

In the image, Stone wore a pink veil around her hair and face, though added that she realised upon landing that she "didn't even need it".

"I wore it anyway because I love it. I love the different cultures we get a chance to come across and become part of, even if it’s for just one small tiny moment. It means so much."

The singer performed in Saudi Arabia on June 23, according to her Twitter account, though little is know about the concert itself. Stone did, however, tell her fans it was the "sweetest gig in the world".

Here is a picture of her in the historic heart of Jeddah, outside the former home of Levantine sailor family the al-Batterjees. It has also been used as embassies during its time:

The star, who last released an album in 2015, also paid tribute to the Kingdom's women in a lengthy Instagram post, telling her 259,000 followers they are "strong and exercising their choice to be free, wear what they want and do what they want".

"I spoke to female doctors, managers, directors, vocal specialists, hearing specialists, carers, a singer/performer/artist and they all tell the same tale," she added.

I have come away from Saudi inspired, not just by the women but the men too. They are not fighting against change, as so many might assume

Adding, "the horse's mouth has spoken," perhaps referencing the fact that many speak for Saudi Arabian women without ever having met any, or visited the country.

"Assumption really is not something I wish to entertain," she continued about Saudi Arabia. "If you don't know, go have a look for yourself ... I have come away from this inspired. Not just by the women but the men too, with how they are celebrating the changes that are happening in Saudi Arabia. They are not fighting against it as so many might assume."

"Yes, there are horrible things going on all over the world in many different corners and crevasses but these women individually felt they were not oppressed, they were highly educated and free to choose how they lived their lives."

Stone revealed she had come away from her visit "inspired" by how the people in Saudi were celebrating changes in the Kingdom.

"It seems to me that they are all walking forward together trying to make their world a better place," she wrote. "I would really like to go back one day and explore this place further."

In March, the singer revealed that her visit to Syria with her band was an "experience we shall never forget".

"Thank you to those who looked after us along the way. And to those who welcomed us into your home and taught us about traditional music and instruments and language," the Right to be Wrong singer wrote on social media.

"Thank you to those who fed us and gave us your time and smiles and good feeling in a place we were once afraid to go. I hope to meet again in the future. Keep smiling and loving and making music and sharing your light."

Stone has already visited more than 170 countries on her tour/mission - you can read a full list here.

Her most recent stops include Tibet, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and Kiribati.

Here she is learning traditional tunes in Tajikistan:

Updated: June 26, 2019 05:26 PM

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