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Newly-engaged Ariana Grande spread some holiday cheer at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital by donating gifts to patients and their families.

Ariana and her new fiance Dalton Gomez scoured a gift list to choose presents for each age and developmental level for patients across both of the hospital's locations in Westwood and Santa Monica, California, while patients and staff were also treated to meals and pizza.

“Our patients are in love! Especially our Ariana Grande 'superfans” in the house," Kelli Carroll, director of the Chase Child Life program at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, said in a statement. “We are thankful for all our wonderful partners who have donated in the past couple of weeks, including Ariana Grande, and for serving the needs of our hospitalised children.

"This pandemic may have changed how we do things, but we look for the same result – to alleviate the stresses of hospitalisation and bring joy to our kids."

Ariana announced her engagement to real estate beau Dalton last weekend, while also showing off her stunning diamond and pearl engagement ring in the process.

 

 

On their forthcoming album El Hal / The Feeling, the British six-piece band explores the sensory effects of Gnawa music.

“El Hal” in Arabic means “feeling,” more precisely the feeling that comes when you play music and leads you to forget where you are. Electric Jalaba feels this indefinable sensation when they play Gnawa. Bassist and producer Olly Keen describes it as follows: “The feeling of being grabbed by the music and lost in the groove.” This sensation is even stronger for singer and guembri player Simo Lagnawi, for whom Arabic is his native language. Today he is one of the leading practitioners of Gnawa music in Britain.

This third album marks Electric Jalaba’s great comeback, returning from a five-year absence. More united than ever, the group unspools its magic on nine improvised tracks, its multiple facets combine on a groovy, psychedelic repertoire in Arabic, injecting small doses of the remnants of West African dialects – Bambara from Mali, Fulani and Hausa from the Sahel region – in homage to the age-old nomadism of these desert populations.

Among the tracks “Cubaili Ba” stands out, as well as the Senegalese mbalax rhythms of “Agia Hausa” or the two-pronged ode to Allah and the maâlem Mahmoud Guinea, from which the title “Daimla” is drawn. This sensation that the music gives them is both a form of withdrawal from themselves and a collective attachment that binds them more than ever, like the people of Morocco, but from a London studio.

El Hal / The Feeling will be released on 12 March 2021 via Strut Records.

Listen to Electric Jalaba in our Songs of the Week playlist on Spotify and Deezer.

Jeremih "wouldn't wish" Covid-19 on anyone, admitting he's still "skin and bones" after battling the virus.

The R&B star spent weeks in ICU in hospital fighting after contracting the coronavirus but was sent home earlier this month.

Speaking about his health struggle in an interview with ABC 7 Chicago, Jeremih revealed the extent of the illness, as he explained: "I was weak. I went in there probably weighing 220 (pounds) and I left at 175."

He went on to say although his condition has improved, the virus was so severe he had to learn how to eat and walk again in therapy.

"I'm like, I'm damn near skin and bones. I wouldn't wish that on nobody, to go through what I went through," he said.

Jeremih, who suffered from multiple inflammatory syndrome as part of his battle with Covid-19, recalled there were times he felt like giving up, but it was his sons and his mother that inspired him to keep going.

"They kept telling me the numbers weren't getting better," he added.

"I'm just like, when did my body get this bad? I've never had any problems with it my whole life, for 33 years! To have everything just shut down, I'm just like, man," he expressed.

 

 

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