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.