Hind: 'New album is my actual launch'

Hind just released her fifth album. [File/Al-Shorfa]

Hind just released her fifth album. [File/Al-Shorfa]

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Hind of Bahrain, known as the "Beyonce of the Arabs", is one of the Gulf's leading musicians.

She recently added a fifth album of 14 Gulf songs to her repertoire. She collaborated with numerous songwriters and artists. Hind, who considers her new work the "actual launch" of her career, spoke with Al-Shorfa in Beirut.

Al-Shorfa: After an absence of three years, you are back with "Hind 2012". What are you offering that's new?

Hind: All the songs are new and different from what I released previously. This album was released by Rotana and sung in the Gulf dialect. The songs have fast-paced musical rhythms. I hope to impress an audience that is accustomed to different types of music.

Al-Shorfa: Are you satisfied with this new album?

Hind: Of course. I feel that this album establishes me in the arena. Yes, it is my fifth album, but it is different because it is more mature. My choices were more precise in lyrics and composition, and even in terms of the quality of the songs. I think that "Hind 2012" is my actual launch.

Al-Shorfa: Who did you collaborate with?

Hind: I collaborated with several songwriters including Ahmad bin Hamad al-Thani, Riyad al-Awad, Al-Sultan, Khaled Awad, and Saud al-Babatin, Ibrahim bin Suad, Abdullah al-Omani, Abdul Salam Ahmari and Ali al-Khawar. For the composition I collaborated with Bader Thawadi, Yousef al-Omani, Issam Kamal, Nabil al-Rashed, Majid al-Mukhaini, Ahmed Burhan, Mohamed al-Arifi and Ahmed al-Harami.

Al-Shorfa: You collaborated with Khaled Awad on six songs?

Hind: Khaled Awad is a young Bahraini artist, and he has new ideas no one has sung before. The songs he wrote for me include words we hear and repeat and ones that the people love. Khaled transformed them into songs.

Al-Shorfa: The titles of some of your songs address a challenge. Who are you challenging?

Hind: The titles represent stages of my life when I learned lessons after going through certain experiences.

Al-Shorfa: But those who hear "Thdani", "Shou Mawdoak", "Athdak", "Aqes Eydi" and others might think you are engaged in a confrontation.

Hind: It is about the challenge for men to provide support for women. In other songs, there is a challenge about the reality in which we live. But I also am calling on men to love in more than one song. The contents of the songs are about topics that demonstrate the maturity of my decisions, which are different from what they were when I was 18.

Al-Shorfa: Are you getting the support you need in Bahrain?

Hind: The existing support is from the Ministry of Information, the state and the public, and I always ask to perform at national events. There is support form official institutions and the media, but production facilities are not available because of the lack of private companies in the kingdom.

Al-Shorfa: Your repertoire includes five albums, four of them with your name in the title. Why?

Hind: Because all the songs in the albums are beautiful, so it was hard for me to choose one over the other for the album title.

Al-Shorfa: Will you film any of the songs on your album?

Hind: I will film the song "Gebo Habibi" soon in Lebanon with director Iman Saada who developed the idea for the scenario. We will decide on a date to start filming soon.

Al-Shorfa: After you were nicknamed the "Beyonce of the Arabs", you were given the title of the "Butterfly". Which do you like better?

Hind: Both. I was nicknamed "Beyonce" because I am dark-skinned and resemble her. I was recently dubbed the "Butterfly" because of my many movements during concert performances. All of the titles make me happy because the public gives me the names.

Al-Shorfa: Why have you rejected acting?

Hind: A proverb says, "Give your bread to the baker." I am not fit for acting but am accomplished in singing. I am happy with what I am and what I have to offer, especially my album, which I worked on for two years and exhausted myself to produce it the way that it was issued.

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    DIMA

    2012-4-3

    This success and development in the Gulf song was the reason for us to see a lot of female singers who were able to reach the level of stardom and have a lot of lovers and followers. However, the Gulf female singers were also able to compete with a lot of other Arab artists, especially from Egypt and Lebanon. I pay tribute to the Gulf female singer as well as her performance, the aesthetics they possess in the performance of their work and desire to reach the Arab viewer in the most beautiful and finest forms. Hence, I appreciate the role of the Gulf female singer and I see her succeeding honorably in her work and meeting a lot of public reception for her musical works which are followed all over the Arab world. This is indicative of the level of creativity in the provision of the musical works by the Gulf female singer who has imposed herself on the Arab songs arena and is a part that cannot be ignored by anybody for her beauty.

  • حمزة فريد

    2012-4-3

    There are so many beautiful voices in the Gulf and the Khaliji female singer has been able to have an outstanding attendance in the field of singing at the Arab level, not only the Gulf. The female Khaliji singing has seen a lot of development in the recent years. The female Gulf singer met all this success through music that she chooses which recorded a clear footprint in the area of singing. I am a big fan of the Gulf female singers and the musical works provided. I think that it has added an additional flavor to the Arab singing which has witnessed a lot of variety, especially in the dialects. This is something nice to hear such as the Lebanese dialect of Arabic singing, Egyptian or Iraqi in addition to the beautiful Gulf dialect. So, I think that the female Gulf singer in general is an artist in the real sense of the word and is able to assert herself and her work in a way that does not accept confusion. These are musical works that were known for their sobriety and beauty. Also, the Gulf female singer is known for the acoustic potential that she has and her excellence in choosing words and beautiful melodies that bring a lot of joy to the hearts of the followers.

  • نورس صالح

    2012-3-28

    Gulf female stars possess wonderful, tender, and attention-fetching voices. They make sure their voices sound emotional and spring from the bottom of their heart. Also, they are distinguished by their Godly or holy beauties, which give significance to their feminine nature and enhance their fame. This has been evident by their dependence on the basics of beauty, represented by their respect for diet, being careful with choosing makeup and grand perfumes, possessing the best of clothes like shoes and pants and their love for elegance. The psychology of these singers is highlighted through singing, because of their bravery when singing and their ambition to express their belief freely for the purpose of emphasizing their role in the Gulf or in the Arab world. This makes some people think that they are insolent, but in fact it is self-expression and human freedom, which invites people to understand its real essence and its relationship with dialog, away from intolerance and disparagement. It is necessary to respect others’ opinions. A few singers do that. What I like about Gulf singers is that there is no competition among them. All they ask for is to present the best they have to the audience and get the love of people in return, in order to form social relationships and highlight their positions in the community, through their voices.

  • حسين احمد

    2012-3-28

    The Gulf female singers have beautiful voices which cannot be ignored when heard. The Gulf voices are beautiful; thanks to them, the Gulf singing has developed. The female singers of the Gulf region are now popular all over the Arab world. They are met with success and admiration everywhere. I am a fan of the Gulf singing in general.

  • غريب

    2012-3-22

    Frankly, there is no female voice in the Gulf that deserves to be called singer because all performers in the Gulf do not have good raw singing voice, and they don’t present good songs at all. Therefore, I don’t like listening to Gulf songs performed by the so-called singers, instead I tend to listen to Egyptian female singers because they are true singers. In addition, the Gulf melody is almost in the same melody or rhythm, making the listener get bored quickly.

  • يوسف

    2012-3-21

    The Gulf female singers, in general, are considered good singers with really sophisticated voices. I am one of the people who listen to them a great deal. The Khaliji female singers are performing in a very sophisticated way. Their success ratio is due to the good composers and writers of their songs. There is a lot of them who are working so that their voices will reach the Arab countries as a whole. They have participated in many concerts and several festivals. I pray for them with all the goodness and blessings, and I hope that all their days will be happy and they will improve their voices in order to prove to the world that they are the best. I hope that they reach more sophisticated stages than before in order to be sophisticated always.

  • فاضل بلال

    2012-3-19

    As far as the singers in the region of the Iraqi Gulf are concerned, there is no indication of the existence of their prominence in sophisticated art that leaves an impression on the memory of the listener, except a few of these singers whose numbers do not exceed the figure of ten, given the reservations and restrictions imposed on the Gulf society. This was the main reason for the lack of potential development of feminine musical elements in the region governed by extremist customs and traditions, which do not allow women to perform songs in public or on television, international or national theater. Some contributions have gone to the horizon from singing women in recent times, but were not up to the required level which opens in front of them the prospects of proliferation in the social sphere that loves singing because it is considered boorish and ineffective due to its lack of attention to words which could hardly be understood in most cases, as well as simple melodies illustrative of the lack of experience and efficiency of the composers as well as the weak acoustic and aesthetic potentials of the singers who perform these songs, which led to the failure of many of these singers due to loss of demand for concerts that are held by them. But I see the emergence of a number of Gulf singers who are characterized by their beautiful performance of Gulf music, where these singers were able to form a base of fans who love their songs that are characterized by originality, diversity and beautiful melodies by opening the prospects of cooperation with Arab writers and composers, especially Iraqi composers who converge in the technical performance with the countries of Persian Gulf, making tunes in harmony with what the Gulf female singers need.

  • فواد مرزوق

    2012-3-19

    Most Gulf female singers are not up to the level of excellence reached by the singers in other Arab countries as they had been unable to achieve beautiful singing performance that cannot be removed from memory as is the case for music beautifully made by a lot of Egyptian, Iraqi or Lebanese singers whose songs remained imprinted in the memory of generations, characterized by the renewal of flavor with each generation where a lot of young male and female singers re-perform these beautiful songs that the music-loving audience enjoy because they are characterized by their ancient originality, beautiful lyrics and melodies that are heart touching.

  • وناسة

    2012-3-17

    Probably the coherence of the Gulf society and their close-knit cultures, as well as the variance in the works of the Gulf songstresses, whether as to the “moral commitment,” sexuality or even stopping their artistic activities for religious considerations, like what happened with the Kuwaiti songstress “Shamayel,” proves clearly that the Gulf songstress still faces many obstacles currently.

  • زاهد فيصل

    2012-3-16

    I hope that the Khaliji female singers will pay attention to these things in order to reap a larger fame and more proliferation for them as well as for the Khaliji song. They should continue to work on this important point, which is also a negative point, and always work on the improvement of the cultural and cognitive level. It is not of course through changing the tone and speaking the Lebanese dialect as it is always funny and subject to criticism. An example of this is the Emirati singer, Ahlem, who is trying to be Elissa or Pascal through their ways of speaking as they appear in television programs and to be a subject of mockery. However, maintaining the originality and authenticity is very important and necessary.

  • سليمان عبد

    2012-3-16

    The Khaliji female singers in general do not offer a good level of the Khaliji song and most of them are infected with the disease of ego and a sense of being superior. The best there is to see is the Lebanese or Egyptian female singers for how they offer everything they have with the beauty that they possess. However, all the female singers will continue to show their humility and try to provide the best, in addition to the diversity in singing and providing various types, forms and methods of singing the Egyptian dialect, Khaliji, African and Lebanese as well as the Khaliji. As for our Khaliji female singers, they are not able to work on changing the way they sing, which is only the Khaliji style. This indicates the lack of taking risks. They are really not able to present other styles in order to gain a larger base of fans. This thing does not exist and we see, for instance, today that many Egyptian or Lebanese female singers are keen on the composition of the album, which they issue to the markets through the development of Egyptian, Lebanese, Khaliji, and Iraqi songs, and a duet with a Western singer because these matters are related to trading and they will reach a wider audience from all our Arabic countries as well as the world.

  • جلال انور

    2012-3-16

    My opinion of the Khaliji, or Gulf, female singers in general is that there are some who are outstanding while others are unsuccessful. They just review singers who are displaying the body, shape and words without meaning. Therefore, the Khaliji female singers including Rabab and the Kuwaiti singer Ahlam and many others presented a lot of beautiful and wonderful songs which were outstanding. The Arab audience loved them and their songs are characterized in terms of melody, words and performance with their beautiful voices in addition to performing duets with other singers. Therefore, the Khaliji female singers, who presented beautiful songs, have contributed to a lot of festivals, celebrations and programs which are provided by a lot of Arab channels. This is an evidence of how successful and progressive the Khaliji female singers are in the provision of beautiful songs that the people loved. We should not forget that there are a lot of successful female names who are outstanding in singing Khaliji. Also, there are a lot of young voices which are appreciated by the public. They were outstanding and excellent in the style of singing, which they present to the viewers and the fans, for Khaliji. For this reason, we hope that the female performance will always be distinguished and successful by providing everything beautiful in entertaining the Arab public.

  • بدران

    2012-3-16

    The reality should be clear for most of the Gulf female singers, that they are female singers aiming basically to provide an elevated message to an audience that is the sole owner of the right to grant titles to those who they think deserve it.

  • سعد ثامر

    2012-3-15

    Almost every week, a new songstress enters the artistic arena, particularly with the spread of the phenomenon of songstresses choosing Gulf songs. Thus, competitiveness has risen among these artists, given that each one is competing with her peers in dealing with the most important and experienced poets and composers. With the decline of the art production companies and the influence of sales activity in Egypt and Lebanon, artists have started to take interest in the Gulf region as the most stable, particularly with the concentration of the most important festivals there, namely the Hala February, Dubai Nights Festival, Qatar Festival and the Janadriyah, the attraction of the leading music names and the generosity of the artistic production to present these works. The question here remains about the secret behind this interest in the Gulf song. Is it an attempt by Arab songstresses to gain a fan base in the Gulf, in order to get the largest piece of the «pie» of concerts? In fact, Arab songstresses may have found their refuge in the Gulf, given that it is fertile in terms of concerts, festivals, wedding parties and national operas. In addition to that, the Gulf song has become a point to start and spread to market the music work, in addition to the material profit.

  • رشدي سليمان

    2012-3-13

    They are new in the artistic realm, especially singing. In fact, many Arab countries are witnessing political developments, called “the Spring of Revolutions” that drew attention to the Gulf countries and led to the emergence of female singers in these countries. Indeed, the Gulf is more stable than the rest of the Arab countries that are witnessing this “spring.” Every now and then, a new singer emerges in the artistic community, especially with the spread of the popularity of Gulf songs and female singers. The competition is increasing among the female singers who are competing more and more to get songs from outstanding and experienced poets and composers. Despite this bitter competition over Gulf songs and the growing interest in them, the Egyptian and Lebanese songs are still offering the female singers more fame, compared to the Gulf songs. Indeed, the Egyptian and Lebanese songs give the singers quicker and more important popularity. The Gulf female singers have gone through a period of inactivity, where many have abandoned it after a short time. Others interrupted their artistic careers because of their marriages or pregnancies, which reduce their fame and interrupt their careers in the Gulf States. Indeed, there are many concerts, festivals, weddings and national operas. Today, the Gulf songs offer singers the opportunity to make successful debuts and achieve popularity in the markets, as they are cost-effective. Still, the problem is that there are few classical songs in the Gulf, because of the lack of good composers. This is due to the lack of people who love female singers. I believe that female Gulf singers are not that bad. However, they still have a lot to achieve in this art.

  • كمال طلال

    2012-3-12

    In general, the Gulf female singers who appeared on the artistic arena have beautiful style and wonderful voice, and they make very beautiful songs. This indicates that there are a lot of talents in the Arab Gulf and perhaps the circumstances and difficulty in the face of the conservative society and audience are what prevent people from approving of their girls or the girl herself. But as I said, I would be surprised with any woman who participates, enters the artistic community and becomes famous, but then suddenly stops singing, or she just appears every now and then with a new song and thus, loses her audience.

  • جاسم عبود

    2012-3-12

    In general, Gulf female singers appear once and then disappear. I do not know why. Maybe because she soon gets married to a businessman, immediately drops out of the artistic field and appears again once in a while. But in the beginning of her artistic journey, she bursts into the field of singing, presents beautiful Gulf songs and a lot of video clips, and then comes the stage of disappearance after she has gained fame. The same is true for so many singers, such as Nawal El Kuwaitia or Ahlam, as well as Ariam or Alyazia Muhammad, the beautiful and well-loved Emirati star, whom everyone expected to continue and present her best because she was really a distinctive and rare singer with beautiful looks, voice and young in age. I expected her to be a great artist after the success she achieved in the program Gulf Star “Najm Al Khaleej” but she continued for a short period of time after the program and then disappeared. Lebanese female singers are the beneficiaries of this as they try to fill in the gap Gulf singers have created because all Arab female singers are using the Gulf dialect in order to cover the gap and continue to gain the Gulf audience in the absence of Gulf female singers.