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JEDDAH: On Thursday evening, the first concert of the Japanese group ALI in Saudi Arabia took place.

Taking place at City Walk’s Anime Village, ALI, which has members of multiple nationalities, wowed audiences with their unique hip-hop-funk music, playing tracks such as “No Tomorrow,” “Lost in Paradise,” and “Wild Side”.

An 18-year-old fan called Meciel said she got to know ALI from the anime. “I watch a lot of anime and I always watch the songs because I really like them. And I discovered ALI’s music through “Jujutsu Kaisen”.

ALI performed in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, June 16 at Anime Village. (Provided)

Meciel added that once she came across the announcement that ALI would be performing in Jeddah, she prepared for the concert. “I first told my friends and booked the tickets two hours after the announcement,” she added. “We prepared our outfits, the water and the cameras, of course.”

HIGHLIGHTS

• ALI’s most famous song among anime fans is “Lost in Paradise” from the 2020 hit anime “Jujutsu Kaisen,” a show about a boy trying to experience a death right after swallowing a powerful curse.

• In addition to singing their original songs, ALI also performed freestyle music, with Leo pointing at each of the members to show off their skills. They also performed Jamaican music to match Jeddah’s summer vibe.

“It’s the first time I’ve attended a concert for someone I actually know,” Meciel said. “I really enjoyed it! It’s my first time, and it was really fun. I can’t hear anything right now, but I’m with my friend and it was really great.

The audience danced and sang along with the Japanese funk hip-hop group. (Provided)

After performing a few songs, the band took a break to interact with the audience. The lead singer, Leo, gave a speech in Arabic. “I want to tell you our message in Arabic,” Leo said, adding, “I want to tell you my feelings and the truth from the bottom of my heart.

“I am happy to visit Saudi Arabia and meet wonderful, kind people with beautiful souls,” he said. “We’re from Japan and our message is quite simple: nationality, skin color and type of music don’t matter as long as we just focus on enjoying our time here together. We t ‘Love. Respect.’

ALI’s most famous song among anime fans is “Lost in Paradise” from the hit anime “Jujutsu Kaisen”, a show about a boy trying to experience a death right after swallowing a powerful curse.

I am happy to visit Saudi Arabia and meet wonderful, kind people with beautiful souls.

Leosinger of Ali

“Like many people, I knew them from the song they made for ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’, and my friend showed me more of their songs later. And they’re a really good band,” said Sheena, 18. “This is my very first concert! It was really fun!”

ALI and the musician ended the concert by greeting the audience. (Provided)

Along with singing their original songs, ALI also performed freestyle music, with Leo pointing at each of the members to show off their skills. They also performed Jamaican music to match Jeddah’s summer vibe.

“I feel great! I can’t quite express how I feel after seeing them, but I think I was about to pass out from excitement and was very happy that my heart was beating. so fast,” said Tasneem Banjar, 26. “I actually played their songs in rehearsal the night before as a prep for the concert. And if they come next year, I’ll be the first one there.” to assist.

ALI, which stands for “Alien Liberty International”, debuted in 2016.

After being formed, the group consisted of nine multinational members, including Brazilian Japanese and Japanese American artists. But over the years, some members left, while Leo Imamura, Luthfi Kusumah, Cesar Aiichiro and Alexander Taiyo Fidel remained in the group.

These four members performed in Jeddah along with two new members, Kazou and Imani J. The group ended their performance by greeting the fans.

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