Do you love listening to music? Did you know that Qatar is home to some amazing singers that have made headlines around the world?
The ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) team has listed some Qatari singers (in alphabetical order) you need to know and learn more about. Let’s go!
Aisha Aziani is a Qatari singer & songwriter and has wooed the audience recently with her melodious voice for the first Official Soundtrack of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™- Hayya Hayya (Better Together). She featured in the music video with artists Trinidad and Davido.
Previously, she had opened for Indian composer and singer A.R Rahman in 2019 and usually posts music covers on her social media.
Another fun fact is that Aisha was also the co-host of ILoveQatar.net's show - QTips!
Ali Abdul Sattar is a Qatari singer with a number of popular songs to his name. As per soundcloud.com, "his love for singing led him to participate in the Gulf singing sessions when he was twenty years old."
Born in 1952, he began his career with his song "Ya 3alam Ouhibouh", and from then on, he began attracting audience and followers to his craft. As per QNA, he trained under the late Qatari musician Abdul Aziz Nasser Al Obaidan, who also composed some of his songs.
Dana Al Fardan is an internationally acclaimed Qatari contemporary composer, singer, and songwriter. One of the first female artists to emerge from the country, she is the official composer for Qatar Airways.
She has released many albums, including "Indigo" and singles like "Onyx", and has collaborated for musicals like "Broken Wings" and more. Over the years, Dana Al Fardan has received many awards and accolades and is also involved in humanitarian work.
Fahad Al Kubaisi is one of Qatar’s most famous and internationally recognized singers. He is also a record producer, fashion model and human rights activist. He was born in Doha and is known for producing a “sophisticated genre of Khaliji music”. He released his first album in 2001 called Jamaal El Rouh, and in 2005, he released his second album Ela Rouhi.
Tejy Neshaq is the first ever album that he produced by himself. In 2017, he became the first Qatari musician to be nominated for a Grammy award for his album Enta Eshq which was nominated in the "World Music Album" category.
Hassan Al Omari (L'Omari) is a Qatari musician. He is from Doha and was also raised in Toronto. Hassan said in an ILoveQatar.net interview, "I make music that’s good for the ears. I’m versatile and I just make sure the music is meaningful, melodic, with a message."
He previously released a lyric video called ‘Glorious’ that was dedicated to H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to mark the one-year anniversary of the blockade. The video praises the Emir’s honour and courage in the face of adversity with the pledge to stand by him and by Qatar.
Another Qatari singer to look out for is Nasser Al Kubaisi. He is the brother of the famous singer Fahad Al Kubaisi. In 2021, he opened the act as part of the Shop Qatar concert with Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram. He has also performed during the Eid In Qatar celebrations in 2022.
Nasser Al Kubaisi recently sang and featured in "Arhbo" – the Ooredoo song for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ along with other artists like Ayed Yousef and Haneen Hussein. Have you listened to this song yet?
Nasser Sahim is a talented Qatari singer and composer who has recorded many songs in the Gulf region. He is the Deputy Executive Director of Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) and has also produced musical projects, television programs, commercial music serials and classical music and more.
As per Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, his musical career started when he was 12. In 2012, he collaborated with distributors from Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Egypt and India and made 12 songs. His "Four Seasons symphony has been performed domestically and internationally".
In 2018, the British Embassy invited him to represent Qatar in the International Forum of Music Filmmakers.
Saad Al Suwaidi, who also goes by 'Saadisaurus' is a rapper from Qatar who is helping take the country's music scene to the next level. As per Saad, his family influenced him a lot in terms of music.
Saad says that the music scene in Doha is "something worth exploring, there have always been artists trying to make music". He recently performed during the FIFA Volunteer Orientation and Uniform Reveal at Lusail Stadium. He's definitely one of the artists to look out for from Qatar!
Sources: Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Ooredoo Qatar, Shop Qatar, @nk_alkubaisi (Instagram), www.skproductions.fr, www.fahadalkubaisi.com, www.qatar.georgetown.edu, www.soundcloud.com, QNA, @aishaofcl (Facebook)
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