'Music unites us': Nancy Ajram to perform intimate Eid concert on YouTube

The singer will deliver reworked versions of some of her greatest hits

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Nancy Ajram is the latest pop star to announce an Eid concert this Ramadan.

The Lebanese artist promises an intimate performance from an undisclosed Beirut location to be streamed on her YouTube channel on Tuesday, May 26 at 9pm UAE time.

The concert, dubbed Hope Beyond Borders, will be held without an audience and minimal band members and will feature new stripped down takes of big hits Betfakar Fi Eih and Badna Nwalee El Jaw.

More than the fun and escapism that comes with a usual Ajram concert, the artists hopes the show aims to bring her fans together in a show of solidarity in the midst of the pandemic.

“I’m very excited for this special performance. Hope Beyond Borders signifies much more than a concert. It’s also an effort to shine a light on the humanitarian efforts underway as families in Lebanon and around the world deal with economic difficulties and challenges underscored by Covid-19," says Ajram.

“While we all might feel alone today, music unites us to do good and binds us together in solidarity to overcome this difficult ordeal.”

Other Eid shows coming our way

Ajram joins a growing list of Arab pop stars set to perform live virtual concerts in empty venues this Eid.

Emirati singer Hussain Al Jassmi and Kadim Sahir will deliver shows on Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25, respectively, to be streamed on the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation's YouTube channel.

Emirati singer and composer Fayez Al Saeed will also host a trio of online concerts taking place over three days and organised by DCT Abu Dhabi. The gigs will be streamed on its YouTube channel and Facebook page from Saturday to Monday, May 23 to 25.

Opening night will feature Lebanese singer Yara, followed by Iraqi singer Waleed Al Shami on May 24 and the closing concert by Saudi singer and actor Bader Al Shuaibi on May 25.

Legendary Saudi crooner Mohammed Abdo and Lebanese diva Najwa Karam will also perform concerts on Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28 for MBC’s Shahid online platform, under its paid subscription tier Shahid VIP.

Eid concert series will also run from an empty Al Majaz Amphitheatre from Monday, May 25 to Wednesday May 27. Performing – in chronological order – are Emirati Mohamed Al Shehhi, Iraq singer-songwriter Hatem Al Iraqi and the aforementioned Yara. The live gigs will be streamed on Al Majaz Amphitheatre's Instagram, Facebook and YouTube accounts.


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