Published on December 9th, 2023 | by Charles Myambo


Empowering Women in “The Middle East” Through Music – “HUNNA” Initiative | MDLBEAST

The subject of “women empowerment” has seen a steady rise in popularity over the past few decades. Even though the idealogies and perceptions about “women empowerment” may differ from person to person, most people áround the world generally love to see women thrive! Nowadays, perhaps one of the biggest proponents of “Women Empowerment” across the world is MDLBEAST.

This world renowned conglomerate has a near 50:50 male to female employee ratio! At its very core, MDLBEAST is very inclusive and progressive. They truly value the presence and contributions of women just as they do with the men. MDLBEAST is always keen on providing opportunities for women in music. In fact, this year they decided to launch the HUNNA initiative targetted at supporting women in the music business! 

HUNNA – “Women in Music”

About – HUNNA

This relatively new MDLBEAST initiative is dedicated to equipping and endorsing women in music predominantly throughout The Middle East and North Africa. Their foremost objective is to form a network for women in music that is conducive for growth and development. In addition, the HUNNA initiative will provide guidance for emerging female music professionals in the region. They offer exceptional mentorship programs where they match “up-and-coming” music professionals with “established” music professionals. 

HUNNA Lead – “Tanya Awad”

This year they selected 4 lucky women to be guided under 4 main pillars namely; Music Business, Music Production, Music Management & Artistry. In addition to the 3 month mentorship programme, they also offer “virtual listening circles” in order to bring together the community and also touch on topics that denote to equitability in the music industry. To cap it all off, they hosted a gathering during this weekend’s XP Music Futures where they brought together the mentors and mentees for the very first time (in person). This enabled the mentees to present their assignments in person while showcasing the progress they’ve made individually and collectively.

Video Synosis (link) 

HUNNA XP – “Mentors & Mentees”

MDLBEAST Team: “We want to amplify, uplift, promote, and develop the best of the best in our region. We think that everyone should have a platform to showcase and explore their talent

The 4  Main Mentees 

Tamara Qabazard

Noura Alammary

Haya Al-Hejailan

Amal Waqar

“2023 XP Music Futures”

















“2023 XP Music Futures” Site – Riyadh, Saudi Ârabia

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(@BigChaz14 on Twitter) is a columnist and correspondent for industry leader, The Hype Magazine. He is also well known for being a multiple genre #1 Amazon best selling author. In addition to that, Charles is a credentialed journalist as seen in Muck Rack & Press Reader and he is also a highly touted celebrity news correspondent. Moreover, Charles is an international celebrity host and interviewer who has been covered by some of the world's biggest publications. At present, his interviews have been covered by credible journalistic outlets such as Medium, Flipboard, Press Reader, Muck Rack and many others. He is also a columnist for huge African newspapers such as NewsDay, Daily News, iHarare, ZiFM Stereo (radio station), H-Metro, The Financial Gazette as well as several other European and American publications. (@charlesmyambo on Instagram)

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