Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 27 November 2020

Singer Faouzia to perform free online concert for the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation

The Moroccan-Canadian singer is a star on the rise

Moroccan-Canadian singer Faouzia is one to watch. Twitter
Moroccan-Canadian singer Faouzia is one to watch. Twitter

Faouzia will perform a free concert for the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation.

The Moroccan-Canadian singer, 20, will deliver a pre-recorded gig to be streamed on the organisation’s Facebook page on November 11 from 9pm.

The event is the latest instalment of the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation's online series of shows, which also included performances by Palestinian pop star Mohammed Assaf and Palestinian hip-hop group Dam.

Landing Faouzia on the bill is an international scoop. She is viewed as a rising star in the US pop industry thanks to her powerful vibrato voice and tunes that slickly blend RnB, pop and EDM.

Her Abu Dhabi performance comes as part of a steady year that saw her collaborate with American Idol's Kelly Clarkson for the bilingual tune Kantahadak, and most recently with John Legend for the brooding track Minefields.

Who is Faouzia?

This talented singer can count the recently announced DJ Mag world number one DJ David Guetta as a fan.

Born in Casablanca before moving to Canada at the age of 5, Faouzia (full name Faouzia Ouihya) showcased her talent when she scooped the 2015 Song of the Year Award at the Canadian music competition La Chican Electrique.

Her rising clout caught the ears of Guetta, who enlisted her to perform on the song Battle for his 2018 album 7.

Since then, Faouzia has gone on to perform numerous club sets and recorded her debut EP Stripped. Released in August, it contains piano ballad versions of previously released singles including How it All Works Out and Bad Dreams.

In describing her talent, Guetta told French newspaper Le Matin that Faouzia has a voice of her own.

"It is very powerful and with a particular style," he said. "She also has a very special vibrato. It's great to be able to use the credibility I have in music to be able to showcase other people's talent."

More information is available at culturalfoundation.ae

Updated: November 10, 2020 10:31 AM

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