Egyp­tian star hits the high notes in first Saudi show

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Renowned Egyp­tian singer Tamer Hosny was given a hero’s wel­come at his first con­cert in the King­dom at King Ab­dul­lah Eco­nomic City.

As the au­di­ence chanted his name, the song­writer and ac­tor an­nounced: “It feels like I’m singing for the first time. I’ll wake up from this dream now.”

Hosny, 40, is a renowned singer, ac­tor, com­poser and di­rec­tor. In 2004, his de­but al­bum, “Hob,” earned him the ti­tle “King of the Gen­er­a­tion.”

He was named best African artist at the African Mu­sic Awards, and “Leg­end of the Cen­tury” at the Big Ap­ple Mu­sic Awards in 2010. The open­ing act at Fri­day’s con­cert, Al-De­waneya, won a large fol­low­ing with their in­stru­men­tal tra­di­tional Ara­bic mu­sic.

Saudi singer Mo­hammed Al-Sahli fol­lowed their per­for­mance with a ver­sion of Abu Ft. Yousra’s hit “3 Daqat.” “I would like to thank the peo­ple of Saudi Ara­bia for this lovely day,” Hosny said when he ar­rived on stage. “This is a dream come true.”

The singer per­formed hit songs such as “Kol Marra,” “Arrab Habibi” and “Ya Bent El Ea.”

Hosny sang with in­tense emo­tion, with the crowd cheer­ing his name. An old hit, “Tele­phony Rann,” was a fa­vorite with many in the au­di­ence.

In the mid­dle of the con­cert, the singer asked the au­di­ence to turn on their cell­phone flash­lights as the stage lights were dimmed. “The whole world has to see this,” said Hosny as he filmed the scene with his cell­phone. The show was or­ga­nized by 360 Live and spon­sored by the Gen­eral En­ter­tain­ment Au­thor­ity, which has planned more than 5,000 events for 2018.

Hosny said it feels like he is singing for the first time. (AFP)

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