When Muhannad Shono began his career Saudi's creative economy was not a domain to be celebrated in the kingdom.
Marwa Fakih is a research associate at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. Prior to joining AGSIW, she worked as a research scholar at the Institute of Religious Culture and Public Life at Columbia University and with the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch.
For her master’s thesis, Fakih studied media technology in Saudi Arabia and focused on new forms of production and reception of Saudi popular culture via YouTube, analyzing the sociocultural significance of populist YouTube production by situating it within the history of media technology since its first introduction in Saudi Arabia.
Fakih earned her master’s in sociocultural anthropology and a certificate in Middle Eastern studies from Columbia University. She received her bachelor ‘s in applied medical science from King Saud University.
Amaani Yahya might not be the first Yemeni woman to rap, but she is one of the first to use the artform to try to reach people outside Yemen.