Manal Debuts Music Video “Taj”

Manal Debuts Music Video “Taj”

Manal Debuts Music Video “Taj”

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After signing with Sony Music Entertainment Middle East earlier this year, talented songwriter and fierce Urban Pop songstress Manal premieres her much anticipated debut music video, “Taj” with the label.

Directed by Tarik Azzougarh known as Cilvaringz, an officially affiliated producer and artist with the American rap legends Wu-Tang Clan, with whom he had sold the world’s most expensive album in the history of music, “Taj” was shot in the beautiful city of Marrakesh.

“TAJ” (Crown) is a song that was originally inspired by Manal’s disheartening experience with the Arabic music industry. But the song goes further, invigorating female empowerment and individuality and challenging social expectations as the music video showcases Manal in traditionally male professions while also addressing sexual harassment.

Manal Debuts Music Video “Taj”

“TAJ is a song and music video like no other. It’s going to be enthralling to see how the fans and the Arab world are going to respond to it. I’m definitely holding my breath for this one…”. [Manal]

The song and music video incorporates the participation of a few well-established artists as well. The song was written by Shayfeen, considered to be one of the best Hip Hop acts in the Arab world. The music video also stars and features the choreography of dancer Shyvon Campbell, a prominent member of multiple world champion award winning dance crew Royal Family, better known as the dancers in Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” video. Shyvon was flown in specially from New Zealand to star in the video.

Manal is set to release another music video later this year. Ever the norm breaker, Manal did the unexpected and headed into the studio with the Moroccan rap group Shayfeen and their affiliated Wa Drari Squad in June 2017. “I have always been a major fan of Shayfeen and their whole clique. I could’ve done the obvious and go into the studio with a pop or soul producer/songwriter, but considering what I wanted to talk about I needed my boys to come in. It was the most exciting and fun recording session I had ever experienced and we are obviously going to be doing much more work together. Can’t wait for the world to hear and see what we cooked up together”. [Manal]

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MANAL joins Sony Music Entertainment Middle East


MANAL joins Sony Music Entertainment Middle East

MANAL joins Sony Music Entertainment Middle East

Morocco’s “Wild Heart” joins Sony Music Entertainment Middle East

Label beats a host of others to sign one of regions sharpest young singer songwriters

Debut single and music video coming soo

Sony Music Entertainment Middle East today announced the signing of talented songwriter and fierce Urban Pop songstress MANAL. Hailing from Marrakech, Morocco, Manal is a 24-year-old hybrid of the urban Arabic music space and the protégé of Cilvaringz, producer and member of the American rap legends Wu-Tang Clan. Using art and music as modes of authentic self-expression, Manal is set to be one of the artists to look out for in 2018.

Sony Music signed Manal ahead of a host of other regional labels, and will exclusively represent and promote the artist over a multi-year recording contract. The signing was driven by the label’s management and booking team in Beirut – set up in early 2017 to extend label operations from the head office in Dubai – and represents a further step forward in developing the careers of talent across the MENA Region.

Speaking on the Manal signing, Mike Fairburn, General Manager of Sony Music Entertainment Middle East commented: ‘We are delighted Manal has joined the Sony Music family where the artistic expression and creativity of our artists remains our number one priority. She is the real deal, with a clear vision and great team around her. Look out. Our Moroccan ‘Wild Heart’ is coming soon”.

MANAL joins Sony Music Entertainment Middle East


He continued ‘We made a decision to expand our team to Beirut last year, to make sure our artists could draw on and benefit from specialist music executives in all areas. This has been a great success and the team’s continued dedication and relentless commitment to young talent in the region has now brought Manal to the Sony Music family.’

With her debut single planned for release early 2018 and follow up material already recorded and shot, it plans to be a great year for the young talent. Speaking of her delight at signing with Sony Music Entertainment Middle East, Manal said “I definitely feel at home with Sony Music. They have shown much care for the direction of my music and career. There’s nothing more comforting for an artist to know that his or her team, from the label to management, producers and songwriters, got their back”.

Last year alone, Sony Music’s local roster of artists including Nathalie Saba, The5, Omar Kamal and Laith Abou Jouda have headlined major festivals in Lebanon, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and Jordan, appeared on a host of TV and Radio shows, picked up major deals with brands, and amassed millions of adoring fans across regional streaming platforms and media sites. These stellar young Arabic stars were joined on the roster by exciting western talent, including Trinidad & Tobago star Kalpee, Dubai-based US singer songwriter Stephon Lamar, and the UAE’s #1 electronic duo Hollaphonic, who’s debut EP with the label – Spaceship – was launched as part of their performance supporting PINK at F1 Abu Dhabi in November 2017.

Manal debut music video is scheduled for release in February. Stay tuned to Sony Music and Manal social pages for news.

Follow MANAL:

Instagram: @manalbenchlikha

Facebook: @Manaltheartist

Twitter: @ManalBk_BK

YouTube: @Manalmusic

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