Alira to launch new song at Expo 2020

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Emirati singer and songwriter Alira. ARCHIVE

UAE countertenor star to unveil new song after hit dance track Take Flight


Emirati hitmaker Alira will be launching his new Expo-inspired song We Are One in a special performance at Expo 2020 on January 30.

The song debut follows his hugely popular pop hit, Take Flight, which has become a dance craze on social media.

At the We Are One debut, Alira will take the audience through a stunning, multi-layered choreography supported by scores of performers and giant wings at 6:45pm on the Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre Stage of Expo 2020.

“We Are One is a song of unity and a celebration of our diversity. That is what built this nation, and this is exactly the message behind Expo 2020,” Alira said.

More than 50 UAE residents from various nationalities will wave their country’s flag in a show of unity, turning the amphitheater into a sea of flags as the song unfolds.

The performance will also feature community groups, including the FilSoc Chorale, St. Mary’s Filipino Community Choir, African gospel choir and various dance troupes.

We Are One is Alira’s original composition inspired by Expo 2020 Dubai, and comes after he released his first single, Take Flight, which went on to become a dance craze on TikTok and Instagram.

His Expo-inspired song showcases his unique, pop music mixed with his rare musical talent: singing in countertenor while hitting high ranges of up to six vocal octaves.

Born and raised in Dubai, Alira developed his love for global music at a young age, with the influences of different musical styles from around the world. His eclectic taste in music includes genres like pop, jazz, blues, ballads, rock, country music and classical music.

Videos of Alira went viral on social media in December after he perfectly sang a Filipino song by “Asia’s Songbird” Regine Velasquez at a concert in Dubai that also featured Philippine stars Catriona Gray, Yeng Constantino, KZ Tandingan, Erik Santos and K Brosas.

He also stunned the crowd with his countertenor rendition of Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On at another concert in Dubai in December, featuring legendary Danish band Michael Learns To Rock and American cover band Boyce Avenue. ICA/Expat Media

ALSO READ: Viral Video: Alira perfectly sings Regine Velasquez song in Dubai

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