New Year’s Eve 2020: Go ‘Djadja’ with Aya Nakamura's show in Dubai

The French-Malian singer will perform a beachside gig at Atlantis, The Palm

Aya Nakamura performs during the Etam Live Show on the first day of the Paris Fashion Week, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, on September 24, 2019. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP)

Afro-pop sensation Aya Nakamura will be ringing in the New Year in Dubai.

The French-Malian singer and rapper will headline White Beach's  New Year's Eve celebrations on Thursday, December 31.

The Djajda singer, born Aya Danioko, will perform on a purpose-built beachside stage, with the night's line-up also including DJ performances and an extensive fine-dining menu.

With the venue located on the hotel grounds of Atlantis, The Palm, revellers will also be able to witness a spectacular fireworks display from the nearby Kiss concert, which will be held within the hotel.

The legendary rockers will come to Dubai armed with $1 million worth of pyrotechnics in an attempt to break the record for the world's biggest fireworks display.

To witness such an occasion will cost you a pretty penny however. White Beach's best tables, situated directly in front of the stage, range between Dh10,000 and Dh50,000 when it comes to minimum spend. Other tables begin from Dh1,500 per person.

Who is Aya Nakamura?

Born in the Malian capital of Bamako, Nakamura moved to France as a child.

She first studied fashion at university before venturing into music.

Changing her name to Aya Nakamura, in salute to favourite character Hiro Nakamura from the sci-fi series Heroes, the singer launched her career at the age of 19 in 2014 with well-received singles Karma and J'ai mal.

While 2017 debut album Journal Time was home to the hit Comportment, Nakamura, 25, became a global star with her 2019 eponymous album.

Its lead single, the sultry Djadja, became a mainstay of clubs worldwide, helping track Afro-pop music's international expansion into Europe and the US. Nakamura even recorded a Spanish version of the track as a duet with Colombian reggaeton star Maluma.

In addition to sold-out world tours, Nakamura also found success online with her YouTube channel achieving more than one billion combined streams. In 2019, the platform named her the year’s Most Watched Female Artist.

With the pandemic severely disrupting the rollout of her recently released third album Aya, Nakamura's Dubai show could become the launchpad for what may be her biggest year yet.

To book, call 04 426 2626 or visit the Atlantis, The Palm website for details

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