Algerian singer Fula has returned to Beirut after being away for some time, in order to shoot her upcoming music video “Ahel Al Maghna”, which is the title of her latest album. Filming of the clip will take place in Tripoli north of Lebanon over a period of three days under the direction of Adel Sarhan, marking their first cooperation together.
According to the London based Elaph, Fula had completed her album and submitted it to Rotana, her production company, but the release has been delayed due to the tragic conditions that hit Lebanon in the past few months with the assassination of former PM Rafiq Al Hariri. Rotana has set April 21, 2005 as the release date for the album, which features a variety of songs sung in the Lebanese, Egyptian and Algerian accents.
On a different note, previously, a Lebanese judge has lessened the sentence for Fula, who was charged with writing a check for 700 US dollars to her hairdresser without having a balance. Fula’s original sentence was to serve a three month jail term and had to pay a fine of one million Lebanese Liras. The new sentence for fula is a fine of 200 thousand Lebanese Liras. The sentence was lessened due to the fact that the hairdresser had dropped charges against the singer. Fula has admitted to the crime of writing a check without having a balance she was charged with in Beirut. Fula’s hairdresser, Joe Kahwaji, filed the lawsuit after she had written him a bad check for 700 US dollars. This instance marks the second time the singer is faced with such charges and despite the dropping of charges the Lebanese court had made Fula pay a fine.
Fula had requested of Joe when she gave him the check not to cash it until she returned from Paris, but the he ignored her request and when he tried to cash the check it bounced. Fula’s lawyer demanded that the singer’s innocence be announced publicly especially since Joe dropped all charges.