x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Hussein Al Jasmi, Rabeh Saqer and Yara to launch Eid celebrations at SummerFest Abu Dhabi

A trio of Arab pop stars will launch Abu Dhabi's Eid celebrations at Yas Island.

The Saudi singer Rabeh Saqer. AFP
The Saudi singer Rabeh Saqer. AFP

The Emirati singer Hussein Al Jasmi will lead a triple bill featuring the Saudi Arabian crooner Rabeh Saqer and the Lebanese songstress Yara will launch Abu Dhabi’s Eid celebrations on Yas Island.

The event, to be held on August 10 at the du Forum, is part of SummerFest Abu Dhabi. The 52-day festival, held across the emirate, has already featured performances by the British percussion collective Stomp and The United Nations of Comedy showcase featuring funny-men Moaz Jobrani, Aron Kader, Nemr Abou Nassar and Mike Batayeh. The Eid concert continues what has already been an active year for Al Jasmi.

The Khor Fakkan singer just finished a stint as judge on the return season of The X Factor Arabia in addition to headlining Dubai’s du World Music Festival in April.

Al Jasmi’s performance also serves as useful warm-up before joining Amr Diab and Elissa at du Arena on October 31 as part of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after-race concerts.

Saqer returns to the UAE celebrating more than three decades of performances. He is considered one of Saudi Arabia’s “Big Four”, alongside the leading artists Mohammed Abdu, Abdul Majeed Abdullah and Khaled Abdul Rahman.

After his debut single Ya Naseem Al Lail, Saqer released more Gulf pop hits including Biscat, Sabrie and Kazbaba Baida.

He also found success as a composer, writing tunes for his compatriot Abdul Majeed Abdullah and the Kuwaiti Nabeel Shuail.

Another Gulf star, the Kuwaiti singer Nawal, also landed her biggest hit, courtesy of the Saqer composed tune Tadri Wala Ma Tadri.

The Lebanese starlet Yara will kick off the evening with her blend of Arab pop and traditional Lebanese offerings including her 2005 breakout single Hob Kbeer and Sedfa, which became a regional hit due to the singer performing in a Gulf accent.

SummerFest Abu Dhabi’s manager Sultan Al Muhairi says fans should expect a great night, courtesy of three artists at the top of their game.

“This year’s SummerFest Abu Dhabi is our longest seasonal extravaganza to date and we wanted something special to usher in Eid Al Fitr,” he said.

“Having three of the biggest names in regional music perform a one-off concert in the air--conditioned du Forum provides that. Fans can expect a night of world-class performers singing classic after classic.”

• Tickets cost from Dh200 at www.summerfestabudhabi.ae Doors open at 8pm. Call 800 555

sasaeed@thenational.ae


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