In an unprecedented move for international exposure of Qatari talent, regionally applauded vocalist Fahad al-Kubaisi has sung Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) 2011 opening film Black Gold’s opening track.
It was recorded with film-music legend, James Horner (Titanic, Troy, Avatar), at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios. Another of the film’s tracks, a traditional Bedouin song, was recorded by al-Kubaisi with Qatari composer Abdulla al-Mannai.
Al-Kubaisi was connected to Horner through the Doha Film Institute with a prospect to have his vocals contributed to the film’s soundtrack. However, upon hearing the Qatari singer’s vocals, Horner offered him the film’s opening track – an opportunity that, al-Kubaisi says, was too good to refuse.
“To record with James Horner was a great privilege for me and I would like to thank HE Sheikha Mayassa and the Doha Film Institute for providing me with this once in a lifetime opportunity. It has allowed me to learn so much about the international industry and explore world music with a person who has made immense contributions to the global music scene.
“But the biggest honour for me is the fact that I will be able to introduce the world to the sounds, voices and rhythms from this region. Also it’s a matter of great pride for people in Qatar to come together and celebrate a film which will bring our story, art and culture to the world.”
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