Music Reviews

June 9, 2013

Nancy Ajram is the lady in red, performing as guest star on Arab Idol.
10:07 GMT

Nancy Ajram has been on the judging panel all season for Arab Idol 2, but on Saturday night's elimination episode, the songstress turned guest star. Her dress may have been the biggest hit of the night, but her songs were good too.

Ragheb Alama and Ahlam can be seen together on stage once more. (Photo from the show's Facebook page)
06:22 GMT

Long-running rival judges Ahlam and Ragheb Alama have put their behind past them and become friends again on the set of Arab Idol, Friday night, with Diana Haddad guest appearing.

Michael McIntyre had folks rolling in Dubai. (Photo courtesy of Michael McIntyre's Facebook page)
04:00 GMT

Word on Twitter is that folks were rolling in Dubai after the British comedian performed two sell-out gigs at Dubai World Trade Centre.

June 6, 2013

Carmen Suleiman knows Arab Idol success and passes on the Egyptian love to Ahmad Jamal.
10:36 GMT

It's the final stretch, and Arab Idol season finalist Ahmad Jamal has got at least one cheerleader! The winner of Arab Idol's first season, Carmen Suleiman, is tweeting her support of the fellow Egyptian contestant most in the danger zone.

June 5, 2013

It's an all star trio! (photo from press release)
12:00 GMT

It’s an all star trio performance set to liven up the post-race night on October 31st at Yas Island’s du Arena.

David Guetta always brings a hot show.
10:20 GMT

French DJ David Guetta and Lebanese singer Assi El Helani were just two of the superstars that shined the super successful Moroccan festival stage last week.

Majida gets enough attention without lil' ol' Arab idol (Photo of Majeda from the shooting of "E'tazalt El Gharam" music video in 2006 under the direction of Nadine Labaky)
08:27 GMT

Lebanese diva Majida Al Roumi’s career is so sizzlin’, she doesn’t need a moment in the Arab Idol spotlight, turns down the talent show invite.

She's happenin', and she knows it.
07:41 GMT

Egypt's hottest actress and songstress is smokin' up the small screen and the music scene this summer season.

Wust El Balad band is ready to rock next weekend (Photo from the band's website)
06:18 GMT

This is 'da week when the summer concert fun begins in Azhar Park's El-Geneina Theatre with bands bustin' out tunes all summer long.

June 4, 2013

Haifa and Hatem al Iraqi both rocked Iraq and the Lebanese Wehbe left with even more of a passion for Kurdish music.
06:51 GMT

Lebanese singer Haifa Wehbe had the time of her life in Iraq and dreams of returning and singing a Kurdish song to boot!

100 Live festival is headed to downtown Cairo.
06:00 GMT

Spotlighting Egypt's underground music scene, 100 Live festival will take place at Rawabet Theatre in downtown Cairo.

Cheb Khaled performed on Arab Idol, shortly before his Dubai gig.
05:08 GMT

In Dubai last Saturday to perform a special gig at Cavalli Club, 'King of Rai' Cheb Khaled was interviewed about his world of music.

June 3, 2013

No more Morsi, says El-Fan Midan street festival organizers (Photos by Monica Elashy)
12:56 GMT

Organisers of popular Cairo art festival El-Fan Midan support anti-Morsi 'Rebel' campaign by dedicating 1 June event to collect signatures.

Alicia Keys is set to sing to Israel next month.
10:01 GMT

R&B singer Alicia Keys is scheduled to appear in Tel Aviv on American Independence Day next month, but she's getting major celebrity backlash for doing so.

Moroccan Islamist Abdel Bari Zamzami wants Jessie J to hit the road jack.
09:35 GMT

A Moroccan Islamist slams Jessie J’s daring outfit during her gig at the 12th Mawazine World Rhythms International Music Festival in Rabat.