x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Shakira collaborates with Amr Diab

Last weekend's concert inspired us to recall other inspired musical collaborations.

Shakira and Amr Diab rocked the stage together in Abu Dhabi last weekend, but they're not the first unusual musical collaboration - here are some of our favourites.

Take Five... Tammy Wynette & KLF: Justified and Ancient

She was a 1970s US country music star; they were a forward-thinking British electronic group from the 1980s. Put together on this chart-topping track from 1991, they sounded strangely awesome.

Take Four... Wu-Tang Clan and George Harrison's Son: The Heart Gently Weeps

What do you do when you need a big, fat sample of a Beatles classic but can't afford the royalties? Yes, you get the writer's son - an aspiring musician himself - to appear. Cynics, us?

Take Three... Omar Souleyman & Björk: Coming Soon

It's unlikely anyone has the vision to predict what the blend of a bonkers Icelandic pop munchkin and Syria's coolest wedding singer will sound like on this forthcoming album.

Take Two... Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson: The Girl is Mine

While cheese was assured when these two collided in 1982, nobody expected it to be so pungent. Hilariously, it was during their collaboration that Macca encouraged Wacko to invest in music copyrights, which he did, starting with The Beatles'.

Take One... Snoop Dogg & David Guetta: Sweat

Not particularly unusual (David Guetta is considering adding "feat." as a permanent prefix to his name), but Mr Dogg is in town this week, so worth a mention. It was recorded by Snoop especially for Prince William's bachelor party (seriously).

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