April 2019

Dua Lipa’s Dream Come True

The British singer-songwriter — a daughter of refugees from war — has racked up hits and awards on both sides of the Atlantic with songs made for dancing as you cry.

Prepare

Have the class read Dua Lipa’s Dream Come True (page 2 of the student edition). The article discusses every corner of the famous young singer’s life, including her musical family, obstacles and achievements. 

Key points in the article:

  • At 23 years old, she is “one of the most talented global pop newcomers in years by the old-school industry powers-that-be”
  • She received two 2018 Brit Awards and two 2019 GRAMMY Awards
  • She was born in London to two Albanian refugees, who fled to the UK from oppression in the Republic of Kosovo
  • Her unique voice is part of her claim to fame, “Her low singing voice is very unusual for someone her age. In the fourth octave or above, she reminds me of Adele.”

Begin

Review vocabulary words from the article below:

BURGEON—begin to grow or increase rapidly

VIRALITY—the tendency of an image, video or piece of information to be circulated rapidly and widely from one Internet user to another

LAUD—praise highly, especially in public

JADED—tired, bored, lacking enthusiasm

AFICIONADO—a person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about an activity, subject or pastime

STEELY—coldly determined

UNCOMPROMISING—showing an unwillingness to make concessions to others

MANIPULATE—handle or control

DEFIANT—showing open resistance or bold disobediance

CROON—hum or sing in a soft, low voice