The biggest singing stars you’ve never heard of
Four of the biggest names in international music and why you should start getting into them
The international music scene is as vibrant and popular as ever and here at MAD Yas Island we’ve long championed non-English speaking artists at our popular Friday night Abu Dhabi loves, Voyage.
With the night aimed at taking guests on a universal musical and cultural journey, we reveal some of our favourite international stars we think you should be downloading…
This multi-million-selling Jakarta-born star is a singer and actress with a whopping 10 albums to her name at the age of 31. She’s made forays into the international music scene with Coke Bottle, featuring T.I and Timbaland, and Boy Magnet. Plus, she’s the most awarded Indonesian singer ever!
Armenian star Sirusho won her first award for singing aged nine, and was the first woman to represent Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008. With five albums under her belt and a career spanning 20 years she has been nominated for a World Music Award three times and has won 29 other accolades.
Formed in 1986, Mexican rock band, Mana are one of the most successful Latin American bands ever. Putting out music solely in Spanish, drummer Alex Gonzalez explains, “It’s more about sharing your culture, sharing your philosophy, your ideals, your music.”
From: South Korea
Formerly a member of the record-breaking K-pop girl group 2NE1, the South Korean singer and rapper is huge in her home country and across Asia. Dubbed by Time magazine as “the future of Kpop in America”, she also performed at the 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.