We begin with some Arabic pop. Najwa's never been one of my favourite performers, but this showcases a pretty strong voice. Still, I wouldn't say no to something more up-tempo and fun.
2. Yalın - "Sen Dönmedem Uyumam Bu Gece"
From Lebanon to Turkey, where this young man is singing a rather sappy-sounding ballad. He has a very nice voice, but again I prefer my Middle Eastern music to be more up-tempo and fun to listen to. Still, someone to look into a bit more, I think. More Turkish music never goes to waste.
3. Emre Altuğ - "Dudak Dudaga"
We're still in Turkey, and this is a much dancier number, so I've got my wish. Emre's voice isn't so great, but he's got a good beat underneath him, and the song's pretty darn catchy. Not enough to unseat my Big Three (Kenan, Tarkan and Mustafa), but he's got potential.
4. Wedard - "Im Lichtsrausche der Eisblume"
And just like that, we switch to some depressive-sounding black metal. …