The Voices of Qatar

Qatar Today - - SPORT -

How far would you go to see Pharell Wil­liams? New York, Bos­ton, per­haps even as close as Abu Dhabi? Well, you didn't need to travel out of Doha on Jan­uary 22. Phar­rell Wil­liams per­formed live in our city and, con­trary to what most peo­ple think, it was a packed, sold-out event.

The ‘happy man' sur­veyed the sta­dium at one point, al­most in dis­be­lief. He called out for peace in the Mid­dle East and got the crowd on its feet in no time.

Not to be out­done, Gwen Ste­fani and her dancers wowed the au­di­ence with their Qatari designer out­fits and chutzpah. With doubts about the per­for­mance till the very last minute, no one was any the wiser till the an­nounc­ers men­tioned that she would in­deed be per­form­ing af­ter the two hand­ball matches on Jan­uary 24. As the ‘Hol­laback girl' caught her breath, she re­vealed that it's been eight years since she last sang some of th­ese songs. “I love you Qatar, call us back,” shouted a de­lighted Gwen. We hope in­deed that some­one is lis­ten­ing.

And in one of the most high-en­ergy per­for­mances ever wit­nessed in Lo­sail, Ja­son Derulo brought the roof down with his slick dance moves and in­ter­na­tional hits like ‘ Wig­gle', ‘Trum­pets' and ‘Talk Dirty'. Though ob­vi­ously lip­sync­ing (he wasn't even try­ing to hide it), Derulo kept the crowd on its feet, singing to be­sot­ted young ladies in the front rows and pos­ing for self­ies. The at­ten­dence was de­cent de­spite the short no­tice and it be­ing a week­day but the at­mos­phere was su­per charged on ac­count of the Qatar win and the thrilling Spain-Den­mark match.

Even as we go to print, the or­gan­is­ers have an­nounced that singers Taio Cruz and Kylie Min­goue will per­form on the fi­nal day.

Phar­rell Wil­liams makes ev­ery­one "Happy"

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