United Arab Emirates: Singer Aziz Abdo on his new track, working with Zayn Malik and ushering in a new era in Dubai – News

The Swedish-Lebanese singer has also branched out into Bollywood.

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Published: Tue, Jul 12, 2022, 5:12 PM

Last update: Tue, Jul 12, 2022, 5:18 PM

Swedish-Lebanese award-winning singer Aziz Abdo recently released his “comeback single” Chou ser li bik in Dubai and calls it a “great summer anthem”. Aziz is famous for combining Arabic music with a Latin twist and has been making his mark on the music scene since the early 2000s, releasing crowd favorites like Jnoun jaw and Enty Charrafi.

Aziz continues to produce original music, also collaborating with international artists like Zayn (he co-wrote the track Too produced by Timbaland). He has also branched out into Bollywood, having contributed music to a Vidyut Jammwal film currently playing in cinemas across the UAE.

A model, actor and former ‘Mr. Winner from Lebanon, Aziz hopes his new song will strike a chord and add to his fanbase. The official clip of Chou ser li bik has over 200,000 views to date.

The track is currently on Al Rabia FM 107.8 and Star FM playlist; it’s also on major music streaming platforms.

The Dubai resident spoke to City hours on what inspired his latest track and his love for Dubai.

What can you tell us about your new track Chou ser li bik?

I believe Chou ser li bik is the perfect comeback track! The song is a great summer anthem and has everything that characterizes my signature sound (it’s like I never left).

I also can’t believe how well it is received in the area! The song and the video are playing on radio stations and clubs in the region… what more could you ask for?

How does it feel to have started the runway in Dubai?

Honestly, it’s amazing. Everyone can agree that the UAE feels like the center of the world right now. After Expo 2020 Dubai, this country has truly become the epicenter of progress, success and the future, and I truly believe that even greater things will sprout from here.

I am also proud to call Dubai my home, so it only seemed fitting that I also start my new era here.

You mix Arabic music with a Latin touch. What are the first musical influences that led you to this fusion of styles?

Ever since I was little, I’ve always been drawn to Latin music. I love everything about it; the way it moves you and makes you dance! Ricky Martin was a huge influence on me growing up and I think everyone can agree that when one of his songs came out the energy you felt was amazing.

This is why I wanted my sound signature to marry the performative electricity of Latin music with the poetry of the Arabic language.

Who are some of the international musical artists whose work you admire?

Well for starters, the incomparable King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Michael’s influence has not only affected me, but the whole region has grown as well. I don’t think anyone has ever seen anyone play and sing like they did… in fact, I still haven’t seen them.

Also, I like a lot of Latin pop artists like Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez and of course, Ricky Martin.

What was it like working with Zayn and Timbaland on Too?

Working with Timbaland was a dream come true! The man is a legend and, honestly, a wonderful mentor as well. He was one of the first great artists to believe in me and even encouraged me to move to the United States. To say the man is a genius is an understatement and I guess his unparalleled career as a producer is proof of that.

Likewise with Zayn, for someone so young, he was both so professional and loaded with creativity. We clicked right away and planned to do a lot more together in the industry.

You have also worked with renowned music video producer and filmmaker Michael Oblowitz. How important is a music video to a song? How do you find inspiration for the videos?

The experience of working with a true master like Michael Oblowitz has really opened my eyes. He’s easily one of the most famous people behind a camera, and it was so exciting to get a glimpse of how to create a music video that not only showcases talent, but also sells! I believe music videos are an essential part of the process, but again, it all comes down to your personal brand.

A video gives your audience the opportunity to get a glimpse of your performative style, your signature look, and your collaborators. In today’s Spotify and SoundCloud generation, music videos may seem like an afterthought, but I still believe that a good video accompanied by a good song is the equation for true commercial success. When it comes to how I get inspiration for my videos, well, it all starts with the lyrics for me. The words guide the style for me; however, in the back of my head, I still know that the final product must smell distinctly “Aziz”.

You grew up playing football and being a model. What brought you to music and singing? Honestly, opportunities present themselves in such mysterious ways. I always imagined myself becoming a professional footballer in Sweden, but due to an unfortunate accident, I had to put those dreams on hold! But that led me to pursue modeling in Europe, which turned out to be very lucrative.

One day, my mother asked me to come to Lebanon to visit a family; this little trip ended up becoming permanent for me, as i fell in love with the place. Shortly after continuing my modeling locally, I won the very prestigious Mr. Lebanon award.

As a publicity stunt, to promote the event, they suggested that I perform a song with the current Miss Lebanon. I always had a passion for singing growing up, but I never really pursued it. However, during the song’s recording session, one of the biggest music producers in the region was present. he liked what he heard, and the rest is history!

How did winning the Mr. Lebanon title open doors for you?

The biggest thing that came out of the victory was that everyone recognized my face wherever I went in Lebanon. However, it’s still unrivaled for earning awards in Europe, where it can really take your career to the next level. I was just happy that the title led me to find my passion.

How long have you been in Dubai and why do you love the city?

Well, I’m a resident of Dubai now! My favorite city has become my favorite home and I love it. Honestly, I love the community feeling here; I have so many friends here who are so supportive and I just vibrate with the energy of this city! It feels like anything and everything is possible.

What can you tell us about your beginnings in Bollywood and your future projects?

I’ve always been fascinated by Bollywood so it’s very exciting for me to be a part of it. I provided a background track for Khuda Hafiz: Chapter 2 – Agni Pariksha. I also have low-key acting projects coming up as well as a host of new songs. Expect many surprises!

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