Qusai (musician)

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Qusai
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Qusai
Background information
Birth name Qusai Kheder
Also known as Don Legend, The Kamelion
Born (1978-05-21) May 21, 1978 (age 36)
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Origin Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Genres Arabic hip hop
Occupations Rapper, singer/songwriter, record producer, television personality, DJ
Years active 1993–present
Labels Universal Legends Ent.
MRG Recordings
Associated acts Solillaquists of Sound, Fredwreck, D-Light, X:144

Qusai Kheder (in Arabic: قصي خضر, born 1978), known by the stage names Qusai and Qusai aka Don Legend the Kamelion, is a Saudi Arabian Hip Hop Artist, singer/songwriter, record producer, rapper, television personality, and DJ. Qusai is the first Saudi professional Hip Hop Artist.[1][2]

In addition to his music career, Qusai has appeared on television as the co-host of Hip Hop Na on MTV Arabia with hip-hop producer Fredwreck,[3][4] and as a co-host, with Raya Abirached, on MBC4's Arabs Got Talent

Biography[edit]

Early years and early music career[edit]

Qusai Kheder was born in Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,[5] A fan of hip-hop since childhood, Kheder began performing and DJing at the age of 15.

At age 17 in 1996, Kheder moved to the United States to attend college, first to Vermont, and later to Orlando, Florida.[6]

With the introduction of new partners, Eyesomnia Productions evolved into Eyesomnia Enterprises by 2004. Under the Eyesomnia label, Don Legend released two solo albums, and also recorded two EPs and a full album as part of the duo Urban Legacy with fellow MC D-Light. The track "Jeddah (My Hometown City)" from his first independent album, The Life of a Lost Soul, began a buzz for the artist in his hometown back in Saudi Arabia. Legend performed regularly at several performance venues and music events in the Orlando area during the early to mid-2000s.[1] He also performed in shows in Chicago, Atlanta, New York, and other major US cities.[1]

Return to Saudi Arabia[edit]

Don Legend returned to Saudi Arabia in 2005, changing his stage name to Qusai and signing with Platinum Records, based in. His first album for Platinum was 2008's Don Legend the Kamelion, which sold over 20,000 copies in the Middle East and remained the number one album on the KSA Music Master charts for three consecutive weeks.[5] His second album, Experimental Edutainment (2010), sold 30,000 copies and was the number one album on the Virgin top albums chart in the Gulf Region for four consecutive weeks. These sales were achieved without international distribution or online sales.[5]

Qusai records and performs in both Arabic and English. Two of his singles, "The Wedding" (2008) and "The Job" (2010) have been number-one songs on Wanasah's Top 10 list and on 103 MBC FM. In (2011) he came up with a new song "Dream" feat Anas Arabi, who associated with a songwriter "Baker Sanusi", a member of the "Sony Music Entertainment". The video for Qusai's single "Mother" premiered on the MBC television network to coincide with Mother's Day (March 21) in 2009.[7] Qusai continues to perform throughout Europe and the Middle East.[4]

Television[edit]

In addition to his music, Qusai began working in television as well. He and fellow Arabic hip hop artist Fredwreck hosted Hip Hop Na (Our Hip-Hop), a hip-hop talent search contest show, for MTV Arabia in 2007.[4]Hip Hop Na became the first Arabic hip-hop show and the flagship show for MTV Arabia.[3] In 2009, Qusai and Fredwreck began hosting Beit el Hip Hop (The House of Hip-Hop) on Wanasah TV. On January 14, 2011, Qusai began appearing as the co-host, with Raya Abi Rached, of Arabs Got Talent on MBC4. And also in (2011) was his first stage show in "Dubai" with "Anas Arabi".{[8] He also sang with many singers like Ludacris, Akon, Karl Wolf and others.

Discography[edit]

Qusai live in concert at the Jeddah Ghair Summer Carnival, June 2008.

Major label releases[edit]

  • Don Legend the Kamelion (2008)
  • Experimental Edutainment (2010)
  • The Inevitable Change (2012)

Singles and music videos[edit]

  • 2008: "The Wedding"
  • 2008: "Hayo Al-Saudi"
  • 2009: "That's Life"
  • 2009: "Mother"
  • 2010: "The Job"
  • 2010: "Any Given Day"
  • 2010: "Father"
  • 2011: "Everyone Can Play"
  • 2012: "Yalla"
  • 2012: "Change"
  • 2013: "Eve"
  • 2014: "Dream"

TV Commercials[edit]

  • PepsiCo and Zain Telecommunications

Television work[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dahlawia, Faizal (May 2010). "Making Hip-Hop History". Arabian Man.
  2. ^ (April 8, 2010). "Top Arab hip hop artist to perform at AUD Idol on tonight" [Press release].
  3. ^ a b (October 22, 2007). "The Arab World Wants Its MTV". Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
  4. ^ a b c Alosaimi, Najah. (May 6, 2008). "Saudi Rapper Gives Hip-Hop a Hejazi Twist". ArabNews.com
  5. ^ a b c (April 29, 2008). "Qusai and Jeddah Legends - The Wedding". 50 Ctotnhkn
  6. ^ "Qusai (Saudi Arabia/Florida)". Hip Hop Diplomacy
  7. ^ Sharawi, Mohannad (2009). "Saudi rap song released to mark Mother’s Day". The Saudi Gazette.
  8. ^ (January 11, 2011). "And now, Arabia's got talent hits TV screens".

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