Balqees Ahmed Fathi
This chart-topping Emirati singer won major acclaim for her 2012 hit, while also winning the title of Best Young Arab Talent.
By the sounds of it, 2012 was your year.
Most definitely. As well as being awarded the Best Young Arab Talent of the Year by L’Officiel magazine, my new single, Ya Hawa, topped all Arab song charts on radio stations of the GCC and television channels. In addition, I am very excited about my forthcoming collaboration with the UAE National Symphony Orchestra for opera singing in multiple languages in tours around the world.
When did you know you were musical?
It all started at the age of nine when my music instructor recognised my talent and started to enroll me in singing contests. I grew up, and the talent grew with me.
Was your passion nurtured by your Yemeni family?
Of course. My father is a well-known Yemeni musician with a rich musical background. I acquired great experience and encouragement from my parents.
Tell us about your love for Yemen.
Yemen is the land of my great ancestors, the land of beauty and arts. Although I was born and raised in the UAE and hold an Emirati passport, my love for that great land never fades away.
You sing in your local dialect – is this an effort to remain true to your culture?
Yes. Sheikh Zayed once said: “A person without a past is indeed with no future”. My Yemeni-Emirati cultural background helps sculpt my current musical goals.