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Top 10 Disney Songs to Revive Your Nostalgia

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Disney is a truly iconic company whose influence spans across generations. Thanks to the incredible replay value of both their timeless classics and their newer additions, for many of us, Disney films were the most prominent and commemorative media of our childhood. However, besides their epic tales of valiant heroes and strong princesses who would stop at nothing to do what’s right, what truly solidified our favourite childhood movies were their musical numbers. Gear up for a massive hit of nostalgia, because listed here are some of the best Disney musical numbers from their illustrious films.

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  1. Prince Ali: Aladdin

Now that’s how you make an entrance! Ali certainly doesn’t spare any expense, but the whole genie thing might have helped him out in the wealth department.

  1. I’ll Make a Man Out of You: Mulan

Mulan is a fantastic role-model for young girls everywhere. In both the main number and the reprise, she showed the world she lived in that women are just as capable of strength and fortitude as men.

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  1. Friends on the Other Side: Princess and the Frog

Some of the most likeable and interesting characters in Disney films are, ironically, the villains. The visuals in this entrapping number could have made this list alone.

  1. Why Should I Worry: Oliver and Company

Oliver and Company is a lesser-known Disney film, but it still has all the elements of a great musical, especially this song by a street-smart New York City dog.

  1. Bear Necessities: the Jungle Book

A timeless classic, Baloo the Bear was a wonderfully loveable character whose relaxed attitude towards life is truly enviable.

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  1. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: Mary Poppins

Did I spell that right? Mary Poppins was a crucial film in Disney’s history, which really flung them into the spotlight. With its charming main characters and quirky scenes, it showed the kids of both the time and now that life doesn’t have to get boring when you grow up, so long as you find the fun in the things you do.

  1. Be Our Guest: Beauty and the Beast

No, not from the recent live-action reboot. This song and animation perfectly compliments Belle’s bookish, imaginative character. Plus, where else can you see dancing cutlery?

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  1. Thomas O’Malley, the Alley Cat: the Aristocats

Another classic filled with jazzy tunes, you might recognize that go-with-the-flow attitude and smooth voice as Phil Harris, the same man who voice Baloo.

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  1. Be Prepared: the Lion King

Arguably one of the most prestigious Disney villain songs for one of the most memorable Disney villains, this creepy, chilling musical number really burns itself into your memory, not least because of how enticingly dark it is. This is the song that all the other villains should strive to live up to.

  1. Under the Sea: the Little Mermaid

Ranking in at number 1, this is a tune adored by both children and adults who have seen the Little Mermaid, the film responsible for Disney’s animation revival. It grew into such an iconic piece, that in the recent film Moana, Tamatoa, who resembles a giant crab, referenced it in the after-credits scene.

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How I met Quincy Jones, will.i.am: DD Foxx

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Three years ago, DD Foxx was a participant in the first ever Dubai Music Week. Now, she’s an emerging UAE recording artist making waves in the region with her new single “Crazy World,” featuring legendary singer Abdullah Balkhair.

On the brink of the success of “Crazy World,” Tempo caught up with the beautiful DD Foxx to talk about the making of her hit song and what is on the horizon.

Tempo: Did you move to Dubai with the intention of starting a career in music?

DD Foxx: No. I moved here when I was still in high school. I was 13 years old. My music teacher acknowledged my talent and he encouraged me to keep singing. It wasn’t until I graduated from University and started working on my own that I met a band and started gigging. I got into recording around 2008.

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Tempo: Can you tell Tempo a little bit about the journey from your first studio experience to now?

DD Foxx: My first studio experience was really exciting. My parents were a little tough, but I still did it. I released my debut album at the end of 2012 across the GCC in Virgin Megastores. It was ranked #3 under the pop & urban genre. While I was performing around the city, we got a call saying I was nominated to perform at Dubai Music Week when Quincy Jones, will.i.am and Timbaland were here. It was really overwhelming. We had a little chat after the show that put something more positive in me. I remember will.i.am loved my outfit and asked where I got it! He told me I sounded great and looked great. He said I had something special. Quincy Jones told me that I am very different and there will be that moment when it’s the right time.

Tempo: Everything is about timing. How do you keep yourself motivated?

DD Foxx: I have an amazing team that I believe in. They believe in me too. I’m really hoping for that break where I get the chance that people all over the world will hear my music. The thing about Dubai is that there is a lot of talent here, but what’s lacking is that the industry needs to take notice of that talent and give them support. We don’t get the chances that the international acts get, ya know. Media is very supportive and always trying to push my music. I appreciate that. Slowly it’s picking up, but we need the support. Otherwise, how will people hear our music?

DD Foxx featuring Abdullah Balkhair for the hit single: “Crazy World”

DD Foxx featuring Abdullah Balkhair for the hit single: “Crazy World”

Tempo: Speaking of pushing your music, you just released your new single “Crazy World” featuring Abdullah Balkhair. How did that collaboration happen?

DD Foxx: I wrote this track a few years ago, but I didn’t finish it. I thought it was incomplete. I met by Abdullah by coincidence and I believe it was destiny. My management met his team by coincidence. When he visited us in studio, my producer Kevin Bassett played the track. Abdullah was open to work on it. Honestly, when he tried it worked like magic. Our tones matched. Our chemistry worked.

Tempo: How did you grow from the experience?

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DD Foxx: I don’t think age matters with music. Art and music always meet at one point. I learned that he has an incredible rhythm. The song was in English and I observed how he handled the language difference. In the studio, he said, in Arabic, that we all come from one place. It was really, really deep and touched me. He’s a legend and an amazing person.

 

Tempo: What made you write “Crazy World” about today’s state of the world?

DD Foxx: What triggered me to write it were all the painful tragedies around the world. This is the reality. We do live in a crazy world. We’re not gonna sugar coat it. I don’t see any artists recently bringing that up or portraying it in music. Music is the best method to touch people’s emotions, especially if the artist is singing it with depth and feeling. You hope that the message spreads and some change will happen.

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Tempo: What’s next for you?

DD Foxx: For now, my dream is to perform “Crazy World” with Abdullah Balkhair in every continent. I think every continent deserves to hear it. The music video is out on YouTube and DDFoxx.com! My friends and family call me dreamer because I really have so many dreams. But ya know, along the way you should always keep learning. That is the only way we grow.

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Universal Music MENA signs Egyptian singer Sarah El Gohary and releases her first music video

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Universal Music MENA has announced the big news of their new talent signing via their Instagram page on the 17th of May 2017. Sarah El Gohary is an Egyptian singer-songwriter who was born and raised in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Since signing with the label, she has officially released her brand-new single “HIGH هاي” along with its music video.

“HIGH هاي” was written by Gohary and produced by renowned Pakistani record producer Talal Qureshi. The music video was directed by distinguished filmmaker Ahmad Samara. The music video featured people from different cultures and ethnicities to highlight the concept of oneness that is found in the language of music and dance. Different locations were also beautifully featured in the music video where Gohary freely dances to the music.

A premiere night for the music video was hosted in the BrandMoxie office in TwoFour54 last Wednesday (July 12). Close friends and family of the singer attended the launch party to show their support for the rising Egyptian artist. Gohary sang a few of her older songs and even gave a heartfelt speech about the inspiration and process of creating each one of them. She also discussed some details regarding the production of her new music video and what it means to her, which were underlined by some of her hashtags: #DreamsDoComeTrue, #MusicUnites, and #IAmGohary. UAE based DJ Raveland was also present to liven up the mood of the party by playing his own set throughout the night. Some exclusive photos from the launch party are on the Feel Your Tempo Facebook page 

“It’s refreshing to listen to Gohary’s music, and the market is hungry for unique sounds and yet with rich cultural diversity. We are dedicated to pave the way and provide opportunities to local talents, and Gohary certainly has an interesting mix of Arabic, electronic and African tunes. We are excited to have Sarah joining our roster” –  Patrick Boulos, CEO of Universal Music MENA.

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Gohary, also deemed as “Happy Voice” by her fans, is a fresh take on alternative indie pop scene and keeps her Egyptian roots as the foundation of her music. In a market that craves for a unique yet relatable vibe, Gohary’s music and image will be loved by everyone; even those who are not of Arab descent. Her carefree style and self-love will inspire many to also follow their dreams despite the judgements that they might face. From being an underground singer to now signing with a big record label, Gohary has proven that dreams do not only remain as dreams if you work hard enough to fulfill and follow them.

Click here to watch the music video for “HIGH هاي”.

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Universal Music MENA Signs Sarah El Gohary

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Universal Music MENA Signs Sarah El Gohary

Egyptian singer and songwriter Sarah El Gohary is bursting on to the music scene in style – signing a new deal with Universal Music MENA and releasing her first Arabic original e-single “HIGH هاي” with an official music video on July 14th 2017, showcasing Sarah’s knack for writing heartfelt lyrics.

Sarah is a fresh take on the alternative indie pop scene, whilst keeping her Egyptian roots at the very heart of her music. Her seamless vocal harmonies and pop sensibility add a unique twist to her identity and musical trend.

Written by Sarah, “HIGH هاي” is worked by the renowned Pakistani record producer Talal Qureshi and the video is directed by the distinguished Palestinian filmmaker Ahmad Samara. The concept of the music video revolves around the idea of oneness – music being the language of all nations regardless of backgrounds. It simply celebrates cultures and unites the world through music and dance.

“It’s refreshing to listen to Gohary’s music, and the market is hungry for unique sounds and yet with rich cultural diversity. We are dedicated to pave the way and provide opportunities to local talents, and Gohary certainly has an interesting mix of Arabic, electronic and African tunes. We are excited to have Sarah joining our roster”, commented Patrick Boulos, Universal Music MENA CEO.

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Sarah is currently working to finalize a variety of singles to release on her debut EP which promises to be a thrilling debut from this exciting talent. 

About Gohary:

Egyptian singer-songwriter Gohary was born and bred in Abu Dhabi, UAE and named “Happy Voice” by her fans. She just hit 2.5 million plays on soundcloud and has over 100k fans across online platforms. The singer is popular for transforming real-life experiences into songs and is known for her role as Disney’s Cinderella in Arabic. She was shortlisted as one of the UAE’s top-ten emerging musicians by YA SALAM and chosen as one of the fastest growing online artists by nextbigsound.com. Gohary has just recently collaborated with Will Smith’s son “Trey” in his upcoming reality TV Show “The World is Spinning” and was invited to perform at the Ludacris Foundation Dinner.

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