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The Women, The Assaulters And The Deceivers: A Quick Recap Of The 90th Academy Awards

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This is a quick recap for all those who haven’t had the chance to watch last night’s 90th Academy awards. We hope you find our wrap up helpful! Alright, so first off, let’s start with Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue.

Jimmy Kimmel 2018

This is not the first time that Kimmel hosts the Oscars, in fact, he hosted them last year as well. And because he did such a good job at it, they decided to bring him back again this year. This year’s opening monologue got so many mixed reactions.

Kimmel chose to address Equal rights, equal pay, sexual harassment and minority treatment in his speech, which wasn’t met with a lot of joyful faces among the spectators.

Not of course, those in the same room, I’m talking about the people who were watching the Oscars around the world. Some described the monologue as bland and boring, some even went so far as to complain about Kimmel’s “ranting” on and on about all those people who aren’t getting their rights. In spite of how fake and plastic Hollywood is, we personally believe that this speech is brave and much needed. Kimmel pulled no punches in his monologue this year, no singing, no dancing, none of all those shenanigans and in our opinion, he did quite a decent job.

Mr. Gary Oldman

But then, after all that talk about “The New Hollywood” and a night that was supposedly dedicated to celebrating women empowerment, the Academy so audaciously chose to give Mr. Gary Oldman the Best Actor in A leading Role award to go home with for his role in “Darkest Hour”. 

Donya Fiorentino

Why is this problematic, you ask? Oldman was accused of domestic assault back in 2001 by his then-wife Donya Fiorentino, who claimed that the actor beat her with a telephone while her children were present in the same room.

Timothee Chalamet

Timothee Chalamet

Oldman has denied those allegations. Oldman was also caught defending accused abusers Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson in a Playboy interview back in 2014. New Hollywood my ass. In our opinion, this award, being so special, should’ve gone to the other front-runner, the enigmatic 22 year old, Timothee Chalamet, who has proved that age has nothing to do with great skill and incredible talent in his performance in Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name”.

Daniel Day-Lewis

This was Chalamet’s first nomination and he was in fact; the youngest nominee in that category in 80 years, yesterday. Daniel Day-Lewis was also a front-runner for the award, although it was obvious that the three time Academy award recipient was not going to win yesterday, as everyone was betting on Oldman and Chalamet.

The astounding Francis McDormand took home the award for Best Actress in A Leading Role yesterday for her role in Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbbing, Missouri”.

Francis McDormand

The actress truly deserved this award, in our opinion, for her incredible performance in the film and the intensity and the ferociousness that she has brought to her character.

 

Francis McDormand


McDormand
was extremely appreciative of the award when she gave a heartwarming speech, asking her fellow female nominees, while hyperventilating (in all categories) to stand-up as well and asking the audience to salute them for their great efforts. Among the nominees were: Meryl Streep, Soarise Ronan, Greta Gerwig, Sally Hawkins and many more. We love you, Francis.

Sam Rockwell

And now, what would we have done if Sam Rockwell hadn’t won the Best Actor in A Supporting Role? We’re so glad that this is something that we don’t have to think about since that Rockwell won the lottery yesterday after his performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbbing, Missouri”.

Sam Rockwell

This is Janney’s first nomination and win and we couldn’t have been happier for her! Her role as LaVona in “I, Tonya” made us all lose hope in humanity, which is a good thing, in Janney’s case.

Guillermo Del Toro’s beautiful filmThe Shape of Waterwon Best Picture after the film lead with 13 nominations and won 4: original score, production design and director, as well. Del Toro’s speech truly gave us all goosebumps. The director said “I want to dedicate this to every young filmmaker, the youth that is showing us how things are done,” he went on.

Janney’s

“Really, they are. In every country in the world. And I was a kid enamored with movies, growing up in Mexico, I thought this could never happen. It happens. And I want to tell you, everyone that is dreaming of using fantasy to tell the stories about the things that are real in the world today, you can do it. This is the door. Kick it open and come in.”

Yesterday’s show was plated with social and political statements, that being said, there were tons of snubs and undeserved wins. That doesn’t only include Gary Oldman, but Kobe Bryant, as well. The former basketball star won an Oscar yesterday for Best Animated Short. Bryant was arrested and charged with sexual assault in 2003, when a 19-year-old hotel employee in Colorado accused him of rape. But, this is Lala land, and whatever Hollywood claims to stand for isn’t, in most times, necessarily the truth. However, we want to congratulate yesterday’s winners, the ones who truly deserved to take the golden statue home.

But here’s our humble message to Hollywood: If you’re going to claim that you stand for something, at least try to do a better job at supporting your own claims. Talk about double standards. Thank you.

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EL KING MOHAMED MOUNIR EL EKHTEYAR 2

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A ripple coursed through the hearts of Egyptians as we all watched Al Ekhteyar 2 while the emotionally moving ‘Dhalin’ by the King Mohamed Mounir played. A piece mourning the brave ‘Oasis martyrs’ who lost their lives in service to their homeland. Captivating the emotions of millions across the country, capturing their feelings of regret and sorrow and transforming it into a song manifesting the pride and resilience of a nation.

Mounir drew upon the talents of those he knew would be necessary to bring justice to the piece’s subject matter. The captivating song that brought the king to tears during the recording, is a product of favorite poet Nasr El Din Nagy, the artist behind the moving lyrics and was composed and arranged by the remarkable Ahmed Farhat.

Delivering a piece that the King intended to remind us of the strength and spirit Egyptians present in the face of adversity. Exemplified by the Egyptian army’s heroism in the fight against terrorism. Mounir’s words echo the chant within the hearts of all our countrymen, “Glory to the martyrs and long live Egypt.”.

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AL AASELA ABDELRAHMAN ROSHDY

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Step in. We invite you to uncover the truth and discover the answers with the guidance of enchanter Abdelrahman Roshdy. Riding on the spiritual winds, Roshdy brings a fresh new energy to the music scene as we know it. His debut album ‘El Aasela’, having been in the works for the past two and a half years, poses several fundamental questions we all ask ourselves with the album title song, ‘El Aasela’ proceeds to address every question posed in it with each following song in the album. Abdelrahman’s inclination to experiment with different musical and lyrical styles had him refining its direction and adding the soul to the music. There was a high level of planning required to assemble the different elements of the album, considering this was going to be a visual album. Desiring to deliver a message with this album that will truly leave an impact on the listener, he worked closely with lyricist Nour Abdallah to ensure that every song once complete would pluck at the listener’s heartstrings. Creating tracks that addressed concepts such as love, society, faith and existence with questions that we could all relate to having asked regardless of race, gender or class.

His passion for music and for sending his powerful messages out there had him composing most of the album which has become another addition to his experience in music composition, having previously composed the GFF 2020 official anthem ‘Dokki Ya Mazzika’ featuring superstar Ramy Ayach. He saw the chance for ‘El Aasela’ to be refined with the diligent approach and technical expertise that would come from collaborating with Moataz Mady who found a harmony in working on and producing the album with Roshdy, adopting a style and approach to creating music that carries a cinematic or emotional tone to it. Mady found the opportunity to flex his musical talents and draw upon his previous experience with several artists in the past, creating an experience that immerses the listener, an effect Mady has been waiting to find the opportunity to implement.

Taking a unique path to break away from the norm, Abdelrahman sees this album as a jumping off point having featured three key artists on three of the album tracks. ‘Fesam’ featuring Cairokee’s front man Amir Eid composed by Sherif Mustafa and Abdelrahman Roshdy. ‘Neshky Le Meen’ featuring Ahmed Kamel,  written and composed by multi-talented artist Khaled Essam, and finally ‘El Rezk’ featuring shaabi superstar Mahmoud El Lithy while star producer Mohamed Sakr added his magical touch mixing and mastering the entire album. This grand collaborative effort helped cement a new step for Roshdy, where he seized an opportunity to expand his range through experimenting with other genres and artists as he hopes to discover his range in different musical styles and genres. ‘El Aasela’ stands out as a new and unique direction in the Egyptian music scene that diverges from the superficiality of the everyday to the more timeless and profound.

The creativity and direction brought on by Cocaina studios, who shot and directed all 10 music videos, complemented by Carousel, Roshdy’s Management and Publicity team, helped cement the final key component of the album and journey. The sharp photography of Black Creative Studios, which accentuated the eye-catching costume design done by celebrity Stylist and Director Gehad Abdalla, with it being perfected by the album artworks created by Visual Artist and Director Adam Abdelghaffar, with all divergent elements brought together under the supervision and calculated hand of Carousel’s founder Daliah Galal. The combination of the audio, lyrical and visual elements came together to form a unique and profound experience. And in the words of the album producers, Gamma Music and MS Productions, who were excited to produce ‘El Aasela’ album for Roshy. “We appreciate what Abdelrahman Roshdy brings to the table and what his powerful voice can achieve and we want to open the avenues available to support new talents in the Egypt and the greater Arab market.

Ultimately aiming to create a shift towards a path that stands to reshape the minds of listeners and foster a depth and authenticity that touches the soul. Abdelrahman Roshdy is striving to lead a new wave that will revitalize the hearts of his listeners and free them from the ordinary, the superficial and the trivial. His relentless pursuit holds great promise, with his passionate and thought out approach to his music and the message it carries present the Egyptian music scene with a talented artist who is poised to expand its horizons down to the core.

El Aasela | @abdelrahmanroshdy and @moatazmady_

Album Production | @_gammamusic @msproductionme

Management and Publicity | @thecarouselworld @daliahgalal

Management team | @nohasultan95 @gihanauf

Shoot Production | @thecarouselworld

Executive Producer | @daliahgalal

Photography | @blackcreativestudios

Fashion Director | @gehadabdalla

Album Artworks | @adamaghaffar

 

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Adonis Releases Their 5th Studio Album ‘A’DA’

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Lebanese indie-pop favorites, Adonis , complete the release of their highly anticipated fifth studio album ‘A’da’ (Enemies), with part three out now across all streaming platforms.

Part one and two of the release saw the group trending across Lebanon with live stream performances of their new work to delighted fans.

The final segment of the album, introduces  “Tabi’yi” , a fast-paced pop-rock anthem with hard-hitting drums and catchy guitar riffs, while “Jeet Kermalak”, a delicate ballad,  showcases a traditional middle eastern instrument, the Qanun, beautifully orchestrated alongside the smooth, soothing vocals of guest singer-songwriter, Dana Hourani.

“A’da” is described by the band as a love story between two young, impressionable characters, that unravels through the album tackling themes of nostalgia and lost futures, in an elusive, sometimes cruel, present.

Speaking about the album, lead singer-songwriter Anthony Khoury shared “each part of A’da not only explores a specific time in the characters relationship – how they grew together or apart – but also represents significant times that deeply influenced our songwriting and development over the years.

 

We celebrate our 10th anniversary this year, so we’re really excited to share an album we feel demonstrates who we are today, and explores the experiences that have shaped us as a band in Beirut.”

Artwork stills  from ‘Mouharrami”  and Moukhtalef lyric videos. Illustration  by Anthony Khoury, animation by Kook.

 

Released at the end of January, “Mouharrami” was a tone-setter for a new musical direction taken by the four musicians, with heavy 80s and 90s dance music influences weaving their way through the lively opening track.

Title track “A’da”, meanwhile, was accompanied by an intricately illustrated music video, which follows the band members as four retro video game characters, navigating through a dystopian Beirut in search of their stolen hearts.

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The video was directed and illustrated by Omar Khouri, with art direction by the band’s long-time collaborator Nadim Hobeika.

Filled with downbeats of raging bass drums, shimmering guitar lines and sweeping synthesizers, this three-part album is complimented by the band’s signature Arabic lyrics, sometimes playful, sometimes poignant,  and always  a point of reference for their expanding fan base across the region.

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“A’da” was produced by Sleiman Damien, between the months of August and November 2020, in an improvised studio in the seaside town of Batroun, where the band relocated just days after the August 4 Beirut Port explosion. “Tabi’yi” showcases a live performance music video shot in the same traditionally Lebanese setting.

 

WATCH TABI’YI

During release weekend, Anthony Khoury, Adonis’ lead singer, also performed an exclusive stripped down set featuring vocals and piano as part of Embrace Lebanon’s initiative “Music for Mental Health”,  where he showcased Tabi’yi as a message of hope for those struggling through unprecedented times.

WATCH THE PERFORMANCE HERE

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