Hanni El Khatib has shared a new video for his album track ‘Paralyzed’, taken from his recent LP Savage Times, which was originally released as 5 EPs. Hanni will also embark on a UK tour throughout this September/October.

Speaking about the ‘Paralyzed’ video, Hanni said: “I had a dream or something occurred in my subconscious where I was performing with Michael Jackson. When I woke up in the morning, I kept thinking about how cool it would be to get Michael Jackson to be in the Paralyzed video.

Daniel and I went to the Cozy Inn in Culver City one Sunday afternoon to talk about the video and the bartender, Robin Tapp, walked up asking us what we wanted to drink. We were both instantly captivated by her. She had on these Pepto Bismol pink hand strips that looked like a PBA bowling hand brace and this incredibly smooth voice. We got to talking with her and found out she was a singer/songwriter and asked her if she would want to do the video. Come to find out Robin was nominated for an Outstanding Original Song Emmy in 1993 for something she performed for the soap opera One Life to Live.

With Robin set as our lead singer it made sense to live out my dream and hire some Michael Jackson impersonators as the backup dancers. One of them, Scorpio, is another Los Angeles legend who performed with Michael Jackson at the 1993 Super Bowl in Pasadena. He jumped out of the ceiling of the stadium. You know whether you are Michael Jackson or an Emmy nominated singer or a Michael Jackson impersonator we all just want to perform on any stage we can find.

Thur 28 September – Ruby Lounge – Manchester, UK
Sat 30 September – Thekla – Bristol, UK
Sun 1 October – Concorde 2 – Brighton, UK
Mon 2 October – Village Underground – London, UK

For tickets go to hannielkhatib.com.

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