“Tamtam” Serenades Audience in Four Original Spiritual Songs for Abu Dhabi Festival’s Ramadan Series

In a Performance titled “A Dreamer’s Serenade”

“Tamtam” Serenades Audience in Four Original Spiritual Songs for Abu Dhabi Festival’s Ramadan Series

As part of its Ramadan Series under the theme “Human Fraternity: Dignity and Hope”, in partnership with Lead Partner Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala), the 18th edition of Abu Dhabi Festival (ADF), themed “The Future Starts Now”, presented Saudi artist Tamtam performing a repertoire of spiritual songs titled “A Dreamer’s Serenade.” A celebration of love and the human values shared by all religions, the performance was streamed on ADF’s digital platforms.

Tamtam’s sensational performance featured four original songs: “Aareftu al Hawa” (I Only Knew Love), a poem by Rabi’a Al ‘Adawiya; “One Earth”, written by Tamtam; “Wallah ma taliaat shams wa la gharabat” (The Sun Has Never Risen or Set), a poem by Al Hallaj; and “Rise” by Tamtam and Jordan Benjamin.

Composer, soprano and academic, and founder of Hiba Al Kawas Academy, Dr. Hiba Al Kawas, coached Tamtam to realise her vocal capabilities and hone her talent.

“I am honoured to be part of Abu Dhabi Festival’s Ramadan Series alongside such talented musicians and singers. I was very excited to take on the challenge of turning two beautiful spiritual Arabic poems into songs, and I really enjoyed the process! I got to work with Dr. Hiba Al Kawas, and she helped me own my voice,” Tamtam said.

“What I find most inspiring is the theme of the Ramadan Series (Human Fraternity: Dignity and Hope), because I was able to let go and just focus on the words, the meanings and messages behind these songs which reflect love, humanity, connection, and spirituality. To me, it’s important to deliver this message through music, because music connects people from all over the world no matter what language they speak,” she added.

ADF continues its series of performances for the holy month of Ramadan with Grammy-nominated, Lebanese-American singer and songwriter Mayssa Karaa, who will perform “Dua’a” (Prayer) on Thursday, 29 April at 9:30pm UAE time. .

The Ramadan Series includes digital performances of over 25 songs and chants by bright Arab vocalists and creators, written by 11 poets and writers and performed by 8 chanters and singers, accompanied by 60 musicians.

About Abu Dhabi Festival

Founded in 2004, Abu Dhabi Festival was initially a small arts and culture platform that soon graduated to one of the world’s premiere annual events. Held in the UAE, it celebrates artistic and creative excellence, and promotes the role of music and the arts in bringing nations closer. It also promotes Abu Dhabi as a leading global hub for creativity and as an Emirati beacon for respect and tolerance.

Strengthened by a growing network of 30 international partners, the festival brings audiences together each year to enjoy world premieres and exclusive commissions in the UAE and around the world.

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation

Founded in 1996, ADMAF is one of the oldest, not-for-profit cultural organisations in the Arabian Gulf. Pioneering new artistic practices, it seeks to deepen global cross-cultural dialogue and inspire a renewed interest in the creativity of the UAE and Arab world. Often in partnership with leading national and international institutions, it delivers multidisciplinary initiatives for people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities through the Abu Dhabi Festival, year-round youth platforms and community programmes.

About Mubadala Investment Company

Mubadala Investment Company is a sovereign investor managing a global portfolio, aimed at generating sustainable financial returns for the Government of Abu Dhabi.

Mubadala’s $232 billion (AED 853 billion) portfolio spans six continents with interests in multiple sectors and asset classes. We leverage our deep sectoral expertise and long-standing partnerships to actively source deals. In the UAE, we are driving sustainable growth by optimizing scale and efficiency, supporting the continued diversification and global integration of the local economy while growing our shareholder value.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, Mubadala has offices in London, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, New York, San Francisco and Beijing.