Emirati hitmaker Alira at the Paskong Handog sa Pinoy concert at Dubai Festival Arena on December 10, 2021.
PHOTO BY JONATHAN YBERA/EXPAT MEDIA
Emirati singer and songwriter Alira will be back on stage to shock Filipino audiences anew as he sings some of his favorite Filipino songs at the Philippine Independence Day event in Dubai on Sunday (June 26).
Alira will join celebrity performances at Hall 2 of the Dubai World Trade Centre beginning at 4:20pm. Filipino actor Carlo Aquino is also slated to perform.
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This is the first time that a Philippine Independence Day celebration in Dubai will feature an Emirati artist. The UAE Government Media Office invited residents to attend the event in the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.
Alira captured the hearts of Filipinos and multinational fans when he made his debut in December with his 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. Although a full-blooded Emirati, Alira sang flawlessly in Filipino. He also sings not only in his native Arabic, but also in English, Hindi, Chinese and Japanese, to name a few.
“I just want to create music that connects and inspires people, regardless of who they are or where they come from. That is what the UAE stands for,” the Emirati singer said.
Alira has wowed fans with his versatility in singing in various languages in his trademark countertenor voice. His debut song, Take Flight, became a dance craze on TikTok.
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.
In May, Alira set a new world record in India with the biggest ensemble cast of nearly 500 people for a 7-minute musical production of We Are One, a more elaborate reprise of his Expo 2020 Dubai performance. 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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