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Performing Artists

Hamza Hawsawi

Hamza Hawsawi

Hamza Hawsawi, whose rich and soulful vocals evoke R&B greats of generations past, rocketed into the limelight after winning the fourth season of The X Factor Middle East in 2015, winning him a record deal and a trip to London to meet Simon Cowell. The 25 year old is currently based in Dubai and working on collaborations, recording and shooting videos for his all-English album coming soon.

Stephon Lamar

Stephon Lamar

Stephon LaMar is a singer, songwriter, musician, actor and show host. A self taught musician, LaMar hails from North Carolina, USA but moved to Brooklyn, NYC, USA in the early 10’s. There, he cut his teeth in the New York music scene, imbedding himself in various Rock, Rnb, Indie and hip-hop clubs and venues. This variety and influence inspired the sound LaMar now loves to make. Currently, based in Dubai since 2013, LaMar has been performing as a singer, musician, and show host in popular clubs and venues throughout the region such as: The Act, Blue Marlin Ibiza Uae, Nassimi, Atlantis the Palm, as well as being the first pop artist to perform at the prestigious Dubai Opera House. LaMar has also opened for several major label artists including: Ryan Leslie, Maxwell, Tyrese, Kelis, Kwabs, Enrique Iglesias, Florence and The Machine. He’s also written and frequently performs with Dubai favorites, HOLLAPHONIC.

Ibby Vk

Ibby Vk

Dubai based, acoustic & EDM Pop singer/songwriter Ibby VK has performed at many notable events across Dubai, including Comic Con, Games Arabia, Success Summit, Y2Y summit, and many more in 2017 alone. You can see him all around town during festivals, charity events, school performances, and residencies. He has released 3 singles in the past 3 months alone with 3 more to be released by the end of the year, which can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Anghami, and many other digital platforms. Ibby is also proud to be one of the first and most performing artists with TGR.

Bass Mic

Bass Mic

We are Bass Mic - a unique beatbox/vocal/bass collective based in Dubai. We have very versatile range of sounds which gives us the ability to meet the requirements of any setting.Our Repertoire is mainly Jazz/Neo Soul & some Reggae songs! Let's say easy listening! We currently perform on a weekly basis in Dubai and Abu Dhabi at top end restaurants and bars.

El Foukr R’Assembly

El Foukr R’Assembly

It all begun in 2014 with an encounter amongst young Algerian underground artists in a far-flung Saharan region stretching over Niger and Algeria. On this vast patch of land, which has seen African sound travel and blend for centuries, El Foukr R'Assembly was born with a vision to continue the blending of African sound, as it has done for centuries. Three years after, the project evolved into a 6 piece Trans-Saharan Groove band formed on the road across Algeria, Ghana and Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast. The resulting sound is a voyageur musical manifesto heralding a new genre blending Algerian Rai, Saharan Sufi, Ghanaian High-Life, and Burkinabe Mandingue.

Ahmed Alshaiba

Ahmed Alshaiba

Ahmed has mastered the popular middle eastern instrument called the oud, and he dazzles listeners with surprising and innovative covers of the most western and popular of musicians, especially Michael Jackson, whose music he has loved all his life. Ahmed has worked diligently to become a true master of the oud and a great promoter and preserver of traditional Middle Eastern musical culture. While in Egypt, Ahmed performed frequently at the Opera House and began performing professionally. In 2012 he moved permanently to the U.S., now ready to expand his musical repertoire and ultimately conquer the musical world. With his mixed eastern-western style, Ahmed delights in seeing how western music sounds when played on the oud. He is intent upon showing the world the beauty of the oud and how it can be used for playing any kind of music, not just Middle Eastern.

K’Dun Albaz

K’Dun Albaz

I'm a Jordanian musical performer, based in Dubai self-taught Drummer, percussionist. I'm passionate about exploring new rhythms and melodies. In 2011, I discovered the Hang, a unique instrument with enchanting acoustics. My passion for the Hangdrum, hard work, and desire to create has given me the chance to share my music on an international level. K-Dun had many gigs in special instrument it’s a Hangdrum. The Hang is Generally played with the hands and fingers instead of mallets. The Hang can sound like a harp, bells, or harmonically tuned, he lately performed at the largest celebrities & VIP Party, playing the Hangdrum as a solo sound also capable of playing with programmed music different styles.

As Per Casper

As Per Casper

As Per Casper is a Dubai-based Arab alternative band, comprised of five musicians from across the region, founded by lead singer/songwriter, Carla, who gave up a successful career in Finance to pursue her passion: MUSIC Of Syrian-Palestinian origin, born in KSA, “I write my songs in English with a hint of Arabic. It allows me to stay close to my roots”, says Carla. Today, As Per Casper is one of the most exciting talents in UAE’s arts scene with her debut album 'Hit The Ground' reaching #1 on iTunes ME. From piano to strings, guitar to percussion, darbukah to the oud and even the trumpet, As Per Casper collaborates with various musicians with the aim to bridge the traditional Western and Oriental into a rich, full-bodied, symphonic pop musical piece.

Noon Band

Noon Band

In the midst of an adventurous musical birthday celebration, oud player Usef Nader and Dubai/New Orleans based drummer Ratish Chadha exchanged a prolific music conversation. Since then, the two have been working together to bring forth a new concept and a new sound. After searching tirelessly for the right components, it ultimately came to them. Combining their ears for oriental music with the passion to do something different within the realm of Eastern music, and ultimately adding exploratory bass player and fusion music enthusiast Anthony Mina to the mix, NOON was born. They are on a mission to do something different, and as a trio, they are on a mission to break musical boundaries.

Shébani

Shébani

Born and raised in Dubai, the Iraqi singer-songwriter carved out the beginning of her musical career performing across almost every local venue in the city. Bringing her childhood inspirations to the forefront of her music, whilst discussing themes often subdued, Shébani represents the first female singer-songwriter to embrace the challenges of modern day relevance in music whilst embodying the significance of reflection and truth.

Leoné Murphy

Leoné Murphy

A South-African acoustic sensation fusing rustic vocals with covers of the top hits. The 22 year old musician is the perfect combination between serene melodies and emotionally charged rhythms. Leoné has been musically trained since childhood, allowing her to be able to juggle different styles and instruments while performing live. Her acoustic and stripped down arrangements allow her to turn everything fro, 90's hits to recent radio hit into an enjoyable experience for her audience. She has performed regularly at several festivals across the UAE as well as secured contracts at Jazz Pizza Express, Food Truck Jams & F1 Fan Zone.

Hamdan Al-Abri

Hamdan Al-Abri

Hamdan Al Abri (born 18 April 1981 in Dubai) is a Singer/Songwriter and one of the founders and front man of Dubai based Abri & Funk Radius. The band is made up of individually established and highly acclaimed musicians in their own genres. Hamdan performed a rendition of Sam Cooke’s A Change is Gonna Come with the legendary Herbie Hancock at the Abu Dhabi Music Festival. Hamdan also performed alongside and opened for a number of international artists including: Sade, Sting, Quincy Jones, Erykah Badu, Ziggy Marley, Kanye West, Timbaland, Arrested Development, and Shaggy. Hamdan was nominated for Best Middle East Act at the MTV European Music Awards in 2013, and the Best Arabia Act in 2009. Hamdan is also known for having been the front man of Dubai based Soul band ABRI.

Vivi and Sali

Vivi and Sali

Born and raised in a musical family within the UAE, Elagab is a passionate music educator, looking to bring forward arts and performance to the UAE. Undergoing her Minor BA in Music and vocal pedagogy, Elagab, a dramatic mezzo soprano succeeds in applying bel canto into different singing styles including, Having performed across Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, Elagab is able to bring forth her music to a large group of people of different ages, making sure that in essence everyone is able to share themselves through music. A lyric mezzo soprano, Semaan is an exquisite performer and theatrical presence on stage. Merging her theatre training along with pedagogical study, Semaan performs a wide range of contemporary music and managing to engage every member of the audience, regardless of age. Apart from bel-canto technique, Semaan also brings a flare of theatrical improv in all performances as a solo vocalist. Believing in the message of connecting people through music, Semaan continues to put together fun, playful and comedic performances.

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