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NEWS/Emirati Entrepreneur Badr Jafar Along With The Legend Quincy Jones

The United Arabian Emirates are witnessing the rapid development of the cultural economy in all the emirates especially in Abu Dhabi where world-class new arts museums are opening in the upcoming years. One of the reasons of such growth was the collaboration of businessmen in producing and funding cultural works. This was the intention of the Emirati entrepreneur Badr Jafar, CEO of Crescent Enterprises who put hand by hand with the legendary music producer, the 27 Grammy Award Winning and jazz artist Quincy Jones, when they established the music production company named G3, the Global Gumbo Group, to promote and showcase the musical talent of Middle Eastern artists and they first released the Arabic charity single named “Tomorrow – Bokra”. For this achievement, the John F. Kennedy Centre has honored them this year for the Performing Arts for their work to bridge cultures through music and theatre.

“Tomorrow-Bokra” featured 24 artists from 16 Arab countries, and remained on top of many music charts for weeks. The Lebanese legend Majida El-Roumi also was one of the artists and she wrote the Arabic lyrics of the song that is a re-adaptation of Quincy Jones Grammy-Award song “Tomorrow”. It was a really prestigious cultural masterpiece.

Badr Jafar and Quincy Jones received the prestigious Kennedy Centre International Committee on the Arts’ Gold Medal at a ceremony held in Dubai, an honor which they hope will draw attention to the power of “cultural diplomacy” to build closer ties between nations. For the occasion, Badr Jafar said that the arts provide a common language and possess the unique ability to transcend borders, promote cultural understanding and change attitudes and that he hopes to not only foster regional talent, but spread it internationally, addressing the society’s needs and connecting cultures on a unique and rewarding level. Also, he added that the UAE government has been a phenomenal supporter of arts and culture, and with the Emirate of Sharjah this year being nominated the Islamic Cultural Capital, the Emirate of Dubai hosting the World Expo in six years’ time, and world-class new arts museums opening in Abu Dhabi in the next few years, and that he is extremely excited by what the future holds for the cultural economy of the country and the region.

On the other side, the legend artist Quincy Jones said that he is a vocal proponent of music and arts that are a great asset in building bridges between people and cultures and that he truly believes that the arts and arts education are important components for building the foundations for a better tomorrow and that arts are food for the soul.

G3 played a leading cultural and artistic role last year when preparing Dubai Music week in collaboration with the Government of Dubai’s World Trade Centre. The event attracted more than 35,000 attendees and will be repeated this year with much more success.

Badr Jafar is involved in different arts sectors like the development of theatre in the region by founding the non-profit Middle East Theatre Academy (META) in 2011 in collaboration with multiple Oscar-winning actor, Kevin Spacey and his Foundation. He has also been appointed member of the Guggenheim Middle Eastern Circle and the Artistic Director’s Circle of the Old Vic Theatre Trust.

by Jamil Richane

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