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Grammy Winner Kendrick Lamar Makes His UAE Debut with the 2022 Yasalam After-Race Concert

Kendrick Lamar

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has been known to put on stellar Yasalam After-Race Concerts every year. This time around, Flash Entertainment treated racegoers to an exciting lineup headlined by Usher, Swedish House Mafia, Kendrick Lamar, and Def Leppard.

Arguably one of the most awaited appearances of the weekend was Lamar’s, as the multi-platinum, Grammy, and Pulitzer-winning star was set to take the stage in the UAE for the first time ever. With anticipation high ahead of Sunday’s Grand Prix, fans came together to watch Lamar perform his chart-topping hits such as ‘Humble, ‘King Kunta’, and ‘DNA’. “How’s everybody in the house right now? Abu Dhabi is alive right now, make some noise,” said the rapper to a cheering crowd. Ahead of Lamar’s performance, the stage had been taken over by KC Hamada, an emerging Iraqi-Iranian rapper, part of Flash Entertainment’s Regional Artist Spotlight platform.


For its opening night, Yasalam made history by welcoming two AAA artists, Dave and Usher at Etihad Park. While British rap sensation Dave performed much-loved tracks ‘Verdansk’, ‘Professor X’, and more, R&B star Usher had concertgoers dancing to his hit tunes including ‘Caught Up’, ‘Superstar’, ‘Lovers’, ‘Yeah’ and ‘Without You’, and was also joined by viral dance group Quick Style. “It’s an honor and a pleasure to be here. I’ve had so many messages saying ‘come to Abu Dhabi, come to Abu Dhabi,’ so it’s great to be finally here in this beautiful place,” Dave said on stage.“This is my first time performing in Abu Dhabi, but it won’t be my last.” Usher added, “This might be the first time we’ve been along for the ride together, but I want you all to sing these songs.”

Swedish House Mafia

Renowned electric music trio Swedish House Mafia took the stage on Friday for an unforgettable night with the adoring crowd dancing the night away to their famous tracks ‘Don’t You Worry Child’, ‘Save The World’, and ‘Moth To A Flame’. For the final evening, one of the world’s best-selling rock groups Def Leppard closed out the four-night festival.

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