WOMEN WITH A 'PURR'POSE

The recent concert of the Lebanese group, The Four Cats, attracted a lot of media attention. Held at a luxury hotel, the concert was organised by a Jordanian millionaire, Mahmoud Mehles, and attended by the creme de la creme of Jordanian society including the prime minister, ...

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Published: Sun 11 Apr 2004, 2:53 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:32 AM

the chief of the Jordan Upper House and the former minister Ali Abu Al Ragheb. The concert, which began early evening, went on till the wee hours next morning and also involved the inauguration of a jewellery exhibition by the Mehles family.

The group, Four Cats, comprising the beautiful Dalida, Maya, Raya and Joyce was founded by a member of the Al Rhabany family, Ghasan Al Rhabany, who is also the son of famed Lebanese composer, Alyas Al Rhabany. Being aware of the lack of talented music bands in the Arab world, he decided to go about setting up the all-women band who have turned their music into a marketing success of sorts.

Their first album was "Tic-Tick", released in mid-1998. The songs were originally composed by Alyas Al Rhabany and re-arranged by Ghasan Al Rhabany in a whole new style to meet with the demands of the new generation. Two video clips were made from this first album "Ya Nassini" and "Kan El-Zaman". Undoubtedly, the two clips and songs were hits in 1998 and 1999.

According to Arab magazines, their first album sold more than one million copies in the Arab world and stayed at the number one position in Arabic music charts for over four months. Their second album "Layl Nhar" was released in mid-2000. The video clip "Layl Nhar", music and lyrics were by Ghasan Al Rhabany while the dance was choreographed by Kimberley Morrow, one of the best dancers who appeared in American singer/actor Will Smith's video "Wild, Wild, West".

Kim was flown down especially from the States in order to train Four Cats for the three new songs taken from their latest album. Shortly after, in November 2000, they released their second video from the same album "Mabaa Iyda" (music and lyrics were by Ghasan Al Rhabany).

Their third album "Tal Intizari" was released in early 2002. Two video clips were shot from this album: the first one was "Tal Intizari", music and lyrics were by Ghasan Al Rhabany. It was shot in Dubai. The second video is "Rah Hibak Aa Toul", music and lyrics were by Jad Rahbani.

Their newest and fourth album, produced by Rotana, has been released starting mid-March 2004.



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