CAIRO – 13 November 2017: Emirati singer Ahlam was excluded from the jury of “The Voice” program, due to her refusal to sing “Tell Qatar”. The song was composed in the past few days.
Ahlam reacted to her exclusion and said, “Nobody has asked me to undertake national work for the United Arab Emirates, and it would be a pleasure for me to undertake any national work, but Allah suffices me, for He is the best disposer of those who tyrannize me.”
لم يطلب مني اي شخص في #الامارات لا شاعر ولا ملحن ولا موزع ولا فنان اني اعمل عمل وطني لبلدي الامارات (( ورفضت )) وأتشرف باي عمل لبلادي ?بس حسبي الله ونعم الوكيل في كل من ظلمني ??
— Ahlam – احلام ?? (@AhlamAlShamsi) ١١ نوفمبر، ٢٠١٧
Emirati singer Ahlam expressed her astonishment over the decision to exclude her from the TV program “The Voice” presented in “MBC” satellite channel. She said that she refuses to use such a personal issue to raise political controversy.
Many controversies were raised after Ahlam refused to participate in the song with singers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Consequently, the jury members of “The Voice” would be Nawal Al Kuwaitia, Elissa, Mohamed Hamaki, and Assi El Hallani.
On Tuesday, several prominent singers from the UAE launched a new song attacking the Qatari leadership including Qatari Emir Tamim and his father.
The song, which is titled “Tell Qatar”, aims to deliver a message to Qatar warning it against its hostile policy against Arab countries and calling on it to stop supporting terrorism, which has destabilized the region.
The song also attacks Qatar’s support for terrorist entities and elements such as the Muslim Brotherhood groups and Muslim scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
A raft of UAE’s singers participated in the performance of the song including Hussein el-Jasmy, Eada el-Manhali and others.
The songs praised the Saudi leadership’s role in confronting Qatar’s devastating policy.