Abir, Moroccan Pop Vocalist, to Perform and Make Brief Remarks at Connect Arab America: Empowerment Summit 2022
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(Washington, D.C., October 19, 2022) The Arab America Foundation is excited to announce that Abir, Moroccan Pop Vocalist, has been confirmed to perform and make brief remarks at the CONNECT Arab America: Empowerment Summit on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at the Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park, Falls Church, Virginia.
Born Abir Haronni in Fez, Morocco, she moved to the U.S. with her family when she was five. Raised in Arlington, Virginia, she started singing shortly after the family relocated. Abir is heavily influenced by Etta James, whose CDs she listened to while cruising with her limousine-driving father. In addition to James, Haronni also drew from her family’s home continent, drawing inspiration from the revered Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum. As she grew up, formidable divas, including Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Sarah Vaughan, and Beyonce, influenced her style and powerful vocals. From North Africa to New York City, singer/songwriter Abir buffers her joyful dance-pop with a strong, soulful voice, joining the ranks of contemporaries Dua Lipa, Jess Glynne, Alessia Cara, and Daya.
After contributing guest vocals to a handful of tracks early in her career, she made her solo debut in 2016 with the Masego-assisted “Wave.” She later represented Morocco in back-to-back Europa Song Contest competitions before issuing her debut EP, “Mint,” in 2018. She further bridged the gap between East and West on 2020’s “Heat” EP, incorporating sounds from her heritage into her style. Her hit songs include “Finest Hour,” a collaboration with the American EDM group Cash Cash, and “Young & Rude.” In the summer of 2020, she released her second EP, “Heat,” which featured the hit single “Inferno.”
Abir will make brief remarks at the CONNECT Arab America: Empowerment Summit in the afternoon, and she will also perform at the Al Rabitah Gala/Hafla on Saturday, November 5, 2022, starting at 6:30 pm.
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