Emirati hitmaker Alira (left) will join Angeline Quinto (top right), Donny Pangilinan (bottom right) and Belle Mariano at Barrio Fiesta Dubai on December 3.
PHOTO BY JONATHAN YBERA/EXPAT MEDIA/ARCHIVE
Emirati pop star Alira will be performing at Barrio Fiesta Dubai in December, organisers confirmed to Expatmedia.net on Monday (November 21).
The Take Flight hitmaker will be joining the star lineup for the “biggest Filipino pre-Christmas fiesta” on December 3 event at Zabeel Park Gate 5. Flying from the Philippines for the event are Angeline Quinto, DonBelle love team Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano; AC Bonifacio, Eric Nicolas and Kyle Echarri.
Alira, the Emirati countertenor whose videos of his flawless rendition of Filipino songs have gone viral on social media, expressed excitement for his appearance at Barrio Fiesta Dubai. He will take the stage at 3pm, followed by Quinto, organisers said.
“I’m super happy and excited to be with the kababayans first and foremost; they just bring so much joy to my life. Anny celebration there is out there to celebrate Filipinos, I want to be part of it. I want to see them happy and have a good time, and I’m excited to be part of this Barrio Fiesta that is going to bring people across Dubai and maybe other cities, too, to come and celebrate Filipinos,” Alira said.
Barrio Fiesta Dubai “is one day filled with fun activities and entertainment for Filipinos in the UAE,” organisers said. Tickets cost Dh35, with a discounted rate of Dh20 for students and children, and are available on Virgin Tickets.
Gates open at 10am, and visitors will have access to the fun fair, food market and bazaar. Visitors also stand the chance to win prizes in hourly draws. Ticket holders can avail of a free bus service from Max Station in Al Jaffliya to Zabeel Park’s Gate 5 entrance.
Alira’s presence at Barrio Fiesta Dubai will no doubt draw his growing legion of fans amazed by his rendition of hit songs in his trademark countertenor voice that allows him to sing high notes. The full-blooded Emirati captured the hearts of Filipinos and multinational fans when he made his debut in December with his own rousing rendition of Filipino ballads at a Dubai concert with Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and Filipino pop stars Yeng Constantino and KZ Tandingan.
His performance of Regine Velasquez’s Tuwing Umuulan at Kapiling Ka got crowds on their feet and went viral on TikTok, Instagram and Facebook with more than a million combined views. Alira sings not only in his native Arabic, but also in English, Hindi, Chinese and Japanese, to name a few.
Last month, Alira performed Babalikang Muli at the Wear Your Culture Pilipinas event in Dubai’s Al Ghurair Centre. Expat Media videos of the performance received more than two million views.
At the Middle East Film and Comic Con in Abu Dhabi earlier this year, Alira sang a medley of popular anime songs in Japanese, English and Arabic, delighting many fans.
He also stunned the crowd at Expo 2020 Dubai where he launched his original song, We Are One, picking nearly 100 backup performers of various nationalities to share the stage with him. According to Expo 2020 organisers, the performance was one of the most watched performances by a local artist at the iconic event.
The performance was reprised in India in May where Alira received a new world record for biggest ensemble cast of nearly 500 people for a 7-minute musical production. A representative from International Wonder Book of Records confirmed that Alira has been entered into the record for the unique feat. ICA/Expat Media
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