Kuwaiti crooner set to make records by singing in Hebrew!

Published January 9th, 2013 - 05:00 GMT
Emma Shah
Emma Shah

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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