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SPLASH CONNECTS - TRAILBLAZERS

Splash Connects focuses on exploring and encouraging the diverse and abundant creative talent you see everywhere around you. In this edition of Splash Connects we connected with young and ambitious visionaries of the Middle East who have defied norms and blazed their own trail relentlessly building a career of their passion. Nurturing their talent and honing their skills they have created flourishing career-paths for themselves. Without further ado, let’s meet our crusaders of the unique: our Trailblazers!

 

Bayou

Bayou is an upcoming Egyptian artist from Dubai who composes and produces his own music. 'Mashing up' the East and the West of Middle Eastern music, and ‘amping’ it up with his unique style of R&B with a cultural twist, Bayou is a trailblazer in his own right. His track Moonlight generated close to 1 million streams on Spotify alone. Following that with his trademark style of experimentation with cultural influences were Casablanca, King of Cairo, Muse and many others. For Bayou, the trail doesn’t end just there. Different and steeped in his own brand of urban culture, he wants to be the face of music in the Middle East.

 

Marwa Al Hashimi

Marwa is an upcoming Emirati social media influencer, an actress and a jockey. She started racing horses when she was only 14 years old and started with practising for 40-mile races. She eventually participated in a 160-mile race where she finished at the podium clinching the first place. Along the way, Marwa also discovered her passion for modeling and impacting people's lives as a social media influencer. She is currently a Fashionista at @mbcbeautymatch and is also a presenter for @iamaya. Adding to her tally of achievements is her being featured in Cosmopolitanme.com. With her zeal and devotion towards her talent Marwa continues to inspire and motivate young girls in the Middle East to always work hard and pursue their dreams.

 

Aly Raza Beig

Also known as Slapvibe, Aly is a multi-genre producer who works with hip-hop, pop, house, deep house, tech house and techno. He is inspired by artists such as Fisher, CamelPhat and Chris Lake. He began his journey in 2012 while still in high school studying in Dubai. He started by remixing tracks like Gold Skies by Martin Garrix and I Was Wrong by Arizona. In 2019, Aly released his hit single Mood which generated over 200K streams on Spotify alone. His career-path got seasoned with an interesting flavour when he started auto racing. He is racing for the UAE Rotax MAX Challenge this year and is looking to compete for the FIA Formula 3 Championship in 2022. While Aly blazed his own trail towards his career with his grit and fiery determination, he is also very attached to his family values. A doting son who believes the sun rises with his mother, he found inspiration for the name ‘Slap’vibe in his mother’s occasional tough love (lol)!

 

Akira Kyle

Akira is an extremely talented Filipino videographer and filmmaker based in Dubai. Wanting to document memories through his lens so he could treasure and cherish them later, he started filming them. The foundation set, he soon discovered his passion for videography and filmmaking. A few years later, his impressive list of various many styles of videos and short films now boasts of many reputable brands like Nike, Adidas, GQ and Splash Fashions. Akira’s inspiration lies in wanting to contribute to the rapidly growing creative industry in Dubai. He says his art is a mere reflection of his reality: stylish, elegant and unique! Bless the old, rickety-rackety camera lying at home which he casually lifted and started photographing his friends on! And for those of us who suffer at the hands of unforgiving camera angles: how lucky are his friends?!