Bahrain and Rotana deny report Shaikh Nasser produced a CD containing Shiite liturgical lyrics and chants.

May 25, 2010

Bahrain and Arabic music giant Rotana have rejected a media report claiming that one of the king’s sons has produced a CD containing Shiite liturgical lyrics and chants.

Kuwaiti daily Al Dar on Tuesday reported in an article on its front page that Shaikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa produced the CD “Ashoora Miracle” with the help of a famous composer who provided the music for the lyrics.

Al Dar attributed the report to websites it did not name, but said that Shaikh Nasser wrote the lyrics and performed the chants.

The alleged CD cover featured the picture of Shaikh Nasser wearing a black bandana to tie his long hair and looking confidently ahead. “Ashoora Miracle, written and performed by Shaikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa” was written on the cover which also featured the green Rotana music logo on the top left.

Rotana said that the report was baseless and lacked credibility and that the logo on the alleged CD cover was a fabrication. The music company warned that it would take legal action against anyone abusing its logo or name.

Shaikh Nasser, the fourth son of King Hamad, was born in 1987 and has composed several poems, the latest was last month when he paid rich tribute to Saudi King Abdullah on his historic visit to Bahrain. He is currently the head of the Bahrain Olympic Committee and the chairman of the Council of Trustees of the Royal Charity Foundation.


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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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