Emma Shah, the Iranian-Kuwaiti singer who came under fire from the clergy in Kuwait for singing in Hebrew, is hoping to be recognized by Guinness World Records.
Accused of Zionism, the 30-year-old multilingual performer drew the ire of clerics back in 2010 when she first sung in in the language of Israel.
One religious scholar at the time wrote in a local newspaper that she displayed “alien attitudes that clash with the spirit, culture and values of the Kuwaiti society.”
She is more well-known outside of her home country, she says, because her “anthropological” style of music explores diverse cultures and is not restricted to traditional Arabic styles.
She has a full calendar in 2013, especially after being asked to join the Shams Al Nile institute and her role as a UN cultural ambassador.
She is getting ready to release her third album, which features a duet with American singer Raquel.
Perhaps the only thing standing in the way of Guinness fame is Egyptian-Italian diva Dalida, who has also sung in Hebrew.
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