Cartoon Network Airs In Arabic Across Middle East, North Africa. The Cartoon Network will soon offer the channel in Arabic, in hopes of reaching up to 35 million homes in the Middle East and North Africa. “There’s been a great deal of demand for Arabic content in this region, and launching a 24/7 Arabic Cartoon Network channel is a further testament to our growing investment in the region,” said Chris Groves, senior vice president of Middle East business affairs for the network’s parent company Turner Broadcasting. Some shows that will become available in Arabic include Ben 10, Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Daoud Kuttab, director-general of the Community Media Network in Amman and Ramallah, told The Media Line that while there are difficulties with Arabic dubbing, the channel should still be a hit. “I think people will watch it,” Kuttab told The Media Line. “The problem they will have is something all studios have with the classical Arabic, it sounds as if you were speaking [English] from the sixteenth century.” There is not just one standard of Arabic spoken across the Middle East and North Africa, but each country has its own dialect. Over time, these dialects have evolved into quite separate languages, so that a person from Morocco, for instance, can’t understand someone talking in an Iraqi dialect. To overcome this linguistic barrier, the classical Arabic in which the Quran was written will be used on the Cartoon Network, but this form is very different to spoken Arabic and sounds old fashioned to today’s youth. Turner previously signed a deal with Lammtara Pictures, the Dubai-based studio behind one of the most successful cartoon series in the region: FREEJ. The show follows four grandmothers in Dubai who deal with the challenges of living in a rapidly modernizing city. Under the deal, Turner will broadcast FREEJ episodes and distribute FREEJ merchandise. In exchange, Lammtara will produce a new local version of the Cartoon Network’s British Skatoony show in which children compete against cartoons; the show will feature the characters from FREEJ. The recent collaboration is not the first time that an American children’s TV show will be translated into Arabic. Thirty years ago Ifath ya Simsim, the local version of Sesame Street was first broadcast.
EMI Music Arabia is proud to announce the signing of UK based artist Ramzi for release in the Middle East. His strong talent for melody making is soon to seduce the airwaves of Arabia! Based in London, UK, Ramzi will be revisiting his Middle Eastern roots and is excited to bring his music home. Anticipated to capture the hearts of his homeland, Ramzi’s debut album “Chapter One” is set to release on the 25th April 2009 by EMI Music Arabia. Fans and new lovers of his music will shortly be singing the unforgettable words of the first single ‘Love Is Blind’ that fuses English, Arabic and Hindi lyrics into a hit track, bridging the gap between World music and RnB. The album is packed with smash hit singles that stir emotions, ooze instrumental intelligence and deliver articulate lyrics. Late April 2009, Ramzi will visit Dubai to promote the release of his album. Every once in a while we come across a genuine talent and a master in music making. A talented individual that brings a breath of ‘fresh air’ and excitement to a stale business filled with manufactured ‘one-hit’ wonders and ‘one-trick’ ponies so to speak. Ramzi is that talented individual – an accomplished Singer, Musician, Performer, Songwriter and Producer. With his dulcet vocal tones, catchy melodies and slick production Ramzi continues to capture hundreds of new fans across the world everyday. Ramzi, 26 was born in the UK to Lebanese parents, however spending much of his childhood in Africa and the Middle East. Growing up as part of a musical family with his mother a classical pianist, and father an avid music lover, Ramzi began singing and playing the guitar from the young age of nine. From being classically trained on the piano, writing and producing his first songs at the mere age of twelve, Ramzi’s natural talent, development and growth as an artist has led him to be dubbed by many as the UK’s answer to Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Ne-yo. Indeed, as a Songwriter/ Producer Ramzi has already worked with the likes of worldwide chart stars such as Taio Cruz, T2, Westlife, The Gipsy Kings, Misteeq and Lexington Bridge. Ramzi has recently been featured on radio networks in the UK such as BBC Radio 1, BBC 1xtra, Choice FM and Kiss FM, as well as a vast number of radio networks outside the UK. His music videos have been on heavy rotation on channels such as MTV, Chart Show TV, Channel U, Fizz and Bubble Hits. On the live circuit Ramzi has already performed at venues across the UK and Europe including a sell out show at the renowned Jazz Cafe in London. Soon to be a hit in the Middle East – Ramzi is coming home!