Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Zad Hussain Pays Homage to Cultural Icons from the Arab World and Beyond

A collage of Zad's work featuring various icons and more (c) Zad Hussain

Zad Hussain is a Sudanese graphic fashion designer and illustrator who is currently based in Glasgow. He is originally from Port Sudan by the Red Sea (Sudan) .

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Zad (short for Zadalrakb زاد الرَّكب حسين) earned his BA and MA in Fine Arts and Design from the Florence Design Academy in 2017) before moving to the UK where is he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the same field. 

Zad has made a name for himself on Instagram and other media for the unique ways in which he illustrates such Arab icons as Fairuz and Um Kulthum as well as global musical sensations like ABBA and Dalida.  His digital pieces are intricately woven by the artist's pen and awake a sense of nostalgia and (be)longing to both the past and the present.  

Zad often includes short video clips of his work as it progresses from a blank screen to a masterpiece.  Below is a video clip showcasing the way he illustrated Lebanese singing legend Fairuz (video is owned by artist and used by permission).  For more, visit this link.

You can follow Zad Hussain's Insta Page at 

If interested in ordering any of Zad's prints, please contact the artist directly through Instagram or by email:

"It was a pleasure to speak with Zad Hussain who generously agreed to share a sample of his work with Arabology readers*.  I am proud of this talented Sudanese artist who reminds us all of the richness of our cultural history"--Dr. Ramzi Salti

*Screenshot shows  Dr. Ramzi Salti in brief conversation with Zad Hussain.  Taken by mutual permission in December 2021.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Ramzi Salti Interviews Actor Haaz Sleiman of "The Eternals" (December 2021)

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I am more than proud to share my new audio-visual interview with multi-talented Arab American actor Haaz Sleiman who, in addition to talking about his groundbreaking role as "Ben" in Marvel/Disney's The Eternals (playing in cinemas worldwide), discussed his extensive body of work and roles in The Visitor, Breaking FastNurse Jackie, Killing Jesus, and Little America (currently streaming on Apple TV+).  

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During the interview, Haaz also shared his experiences of working with such icons as Salma Hayek, Hiam Abbas, Edie Falco, Aladdin's Mena Massoud, Director Chloé Zhao, Richard Jenkins, and many more.  

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The interview also included a personal segment about Haaz's Lebanese American identity, his relationship with his late father, and a heartfelt English/Arabic tribute to his mom (pictured below) as well as to Arab Americans and immigrants everywhere.

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This interview was recorded via Zoom in December 2021 and includes the following chapters (clickable in video description on YouTube):

00:53 Haaz discusses his role as Ben in Marvel's The Eternals
02:10 Working with Director Chloé Zhao 
07:34 Working with Salma Hayek 
08:55 His starring role in The Visitor
12:00 Working with Hiam Abbass 
14:09 Fela Kuti Influence 
16:22 The Visitor Trailer 
17:58 Starring in 'Breaking Fast' 
22:54 Nurse Jackie and Edie Falco 
27:44 HRC Visibility Award 
29:31 Starring as Jesus in Killing Jesus (National Geographic TV series)
31:08 Guesting on "Jack Rayan" 
32:00 Starring in Apple TV+'s Little America (2020)
33:40 Relationship with his late father 
39:30 Tribute to his Mom (in English and Arabic)

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