Lebanese teen from Beirut joins global pop band
A teenage singer from Lebanon this week became the latest to join a global pop band formed by Simon Fuller, the man behind the Spice Girls and "American Idol," which aims to transform young unknowns into internet superstars.
That may seem a grandiose ambition during a global pandemic. But Now United, with over a dozen teenagers drawn from across the world, is plowing ahead, recording and filming new music in the skyscraper-studded city of Dubai this week.
Nour Ardakani, 18, told The Associated Press during her visit Wednesday to the United Arab Emirates that she's "honored" to represent Lebanon.
"Arts and music are so important in times like these," she said. "Lebanon is going through so much.”
Beirut, Ardakani’s hometown, has been grappling with an array of crises: an economic collapse, a worsening coronavirus outbreak and a massive explosion that demolished businesses and homes across the capital last month.