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B.I.G weekend in Muscat

7 Jun 2023 B.I.G By HUBERT VAZ

Popular Korean boy band B.I.G (Boys In Groove) are set to perform at Madinat al Irfan Theatre (OCEC), on Friday (June 9) as part of their current regional tour

Clad in oversized trousers and shirts, and adorned with ear-piercings and lipgloss the Korean ‘B.I.G boys’ are all set to set to take the Gen Z in Muscat by storm as they unleash their K-pop hysteria at the Madinat al Irfan Theatre, Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday (June 9) evening.

If you are one of those hooked onto K-pop – the latest music craze that not only offers young music lovers the world over a fresh, alien genre – and if you appreciate the smooth, ivory complexions of the boy band members synonymous with their smooth renditions, you cannot possibly miss encountering their magic in Oman, which is part of their regional tour. The band reportedly heads out to Kuwait for another concert on June 12.

Members of this popular Korean boy band – B.I.G (Boys In Groove) – include J-Hoon, lead dancer and lead vocalist, Gunmin, leader, main dancer and vocalist, Heedo, main rapper , and Jinseok, main vocalist and the youngest. Two of the initial band members, Benji – main vocalist, and Minpyo – main rapper, are not part of the group now.

B.I.G had been formed in year 2014 in Seoul, South Korea, under GH Entertainment. They debuted on July 9, 2014, with their first digital single ‘Hello’ which became an instant hit because of its high praising lyrics in good regard of South Korea. Subsequently, other singles like ‘Are You Ready?’ soon built up their popularity.

In 2014, B.I.G were appointed ambassadors of the 2014 ‘Love Life while Walking Overnight’ campaign and the 2014 Lifeline campaign. In 2016, the group became ambassadors for the National Unification Advisory Council and were subsequently appointed ambassadors for the Korea Youth Association.

With a dedicated fan base in the Middle East and a growing presence in Japan, B.I.G has delighted audiences in various countries, including a special performance for the Prince of Saudi Arabia. Despite the challenges posed by the global pandemic, B.I.G remains committed to its fans, eager to continue sharing their love for music. The Muscat concert is also expected to consolidate their popularity in the Arab world since a large number of K-pop fans exist in Oman, too.

This concert has been jointly organised by the Korean Embassy and the Korea-Arab Society which aims to promote cultural and people-to-people exchanges while upholding mutual cultural ties and heritage between Korea and 22 Arab countries.

The highlights include performances by talented musicians from Arab countries, including Mustafa Waad, from Iraq, and Anas Marzi, from Morocco. The two-hour concert is slated to begin at 8 pm.

Arabic K-pop

The Muscat concert will incorporate a blend of Korean and Arabic titles including popular songs such as ‘La Bezzaf ’and ‘LM3ALLEM.’

B.I.G had released their seventh single – Illusion – in both, Korean and Arabic, making them the first K-pop group to release a song in Arabic. This was released before a mini-concert in Abu Dhabi, as part of the ‘Korea Festival 2019’.

The band had also released a coronavirus-inspired song in Arabic, titled ‘Corona Song’ aimed to empower and encourage those struggling during the pandemic.

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