Juwana Malah caught in the middle
Lebanese singer Juwana Malah is caught in the middle of disputes between Egyptian music tycoons Najeeb Sweiris and Jamal Marwan after the breakup between "Melody Music Channel,” owned by Marwan, from Sweiris's production company.
After the split 'Melody' has refused to air music videos by Juwana, since she signed a three-year contract with Sweiris's production company.
According to the UAE based daily, Al Bayan, Juwana stated that she is caught in the middle between the two sides and is paying a high price after 'Melody' refused to air her most recent music video for the song "Arabni Laik" (I want to be close to you).
Juwana recently returned to the scenes with her latest album “Hatifdal Fi Albi” (You Will Remain in My Heart). The album, produced by ‘Fame Melody,’ features seven songs composed by artists from Egypt and Lebanon.
Sweiris is in the process of creating his own music channel called "OTV," on which the singer's videos will be aired. Juwana's contract with Sweiris states that the company will produce three albums, in addition to filming a number of music videos.
Juana stated that her new album took over a year to prepare between studios in Lebanon and Egypt, explaining her long absence. She revealed that she was not so lucky with her two previous production companies, since neither provided her continued success.
Juana previously filmed a video clip for the main song of the album "Hatifdal Fi Qalbi," (You will remain n my heart) and surprisingly chose to work with controversial young, Egyptian director Jad Shweiri, whose work has been known to feature provocative scenes, often considered inappropriate for Arab audiences.
The singer’s fans are accustomed to Juana’s down to earth style that is close to the heart, and many criticized her for selecting Jad.
Jad presented a beautiful story filled with emotion in the clip he created that has been successful, and the cooperation has proven that he is capable of creating different styles of music videos, and not only seductive clips.