Posted on 11 October 2011.
Charice wowed a jam-packed arena in what was her first solo concert in the Middle East. Fresh from a successful string of shows in the F1 Singapore Grand Prix, Charice impressed a crowd of more than 5,000 in a Katara Hall that was transformed from a simple screening location into a spectacular concert venue.
The September 29 Doha concert started a few hours later than scheduled to give the concert goers a chance to come to the new venue. Originally slated for Aspire Park, the concert venue was moved to the Katara Hall at the last minute, as the promoter’s response to public clamor for a more convenient facility.
In a Gulf Times article, Golden Relations CEO Bilal Taha said, “Katara is today’s top choice for cultural events and other major happenings in Qatar. We at Golden Relations along with our event partner Regency Travels and Tours believe the breathtaking location will compliment the top caliber act expected from the international artist.”
“It was amazing to have an international superstar in Qatar as the first female major artiste in the Katara Hall,” he added, “once again it shows that the entertainment scene in Qatar needs such events as the demand is very high here.”
Golden Relations is the concert’s official promoter.
The Diverse Crowd
While overseas Filipinos typically flock to Charice’s international events, more than three-fourths of the Doha crowd were from other nationalities.
Aside from singing original material, Charice also sang covers of other international hits like her signature Whitney Houston medley to Adele’s more contemporary ‘Rolling in the Deep’. Charice even entertained song requests from the audience, much to their delight.
Charice further yielded to the audience as she sang covers of Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’, Lady Gaga’s ‘Telephone’, Tamia’s ‘Officially Missing You’, Alicia Keys’ ‘If I Ain’t Got You’, Bruno Mars’ ‘Just the Way You Are’ and many more.
A British Fan by the name of Robert said, “The concert was exciting, it was good to see new talent coming to Doha and she has an amazing talent.”
Meanwhile, a Filipina fan named Lucy said, “She has the most amazing voice. I have never heard anyone sing as well as she can. As Filipinos we are so proud of her and it was amazing to get the chance to see her perform live here in Qatar.”
“It’s quite tricky. It was like listening to a recording because she sang the songs perfectly,” said another Filipino in the audience.
After Doha, Charice flew straight to Las Vegas for the David Foster & Friends concert. She had an early appearance in the concert so she could then fly immediately to Japan for the launch of her new album ‘Infinity’. Later this month, she’s also scheduled to perform in the Tokyo leg in the Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends Asian Concert Tour.
Special Thanks to Mr. Bilal Taha, Promoter, Entertainer and Entrepreneur in the Middle East. CEO of Golden Relations, for the photos.
by Rj Nieto, Charicemania.com