The Music Room in Dubai is quite a popular venue in Dubai. Although it is known as a venue that mostly hosts cover bands, it is it also a venue where many local bands get to peform live, and once in a while we also get indie bands from abroad.
This month, The Music Room will host not one, but three international live acts:
- Alsarah and the Nubatones on Wednesday 9th March (this will be their second time here, they performed live at the same venue last summer)
- Nouvelle Vague, yes, THE Novelle Vague, on Friday, 11th March
- Sherazade and LavionRose on Saturday, 19th March
This is an extremely eclectic line up, we have East African retro pop, cover versions of popular songs in bossa nova and pop music sung in Russian, Arabic, French, English, Armenian and Turkish.
East African retro-pop from the acclaimed Sudenese-born singer. Alsarah, is a Sudanese born singer, songwriter and ethnomusicologist. Born in the capital city of Khartoum, where she spent the first 8 years of her life, she relocated to Taez, Yemen, but was forced to move to the US in 1994 when a civil war broke out. Now residing in Brooklyn, NY, she features in various projects such as the Nile Project and was featuring on their acclaimed album Aswan.
Alsarah and the Nubatones came together out of a collective love for Nubian music and a genuine belief that Soul transcends all cultural and linguistic barriers. Inspired by the pentatonic scale they blend a selection of Nubian 'songs of return' from the 1970s-today with original material and traditional music of central Sudan. Their set is a musical journey through diaspora and migration from an urban lense.
When: Wednesday, 9th March. 6pm - 1am
Ticket: AED 100 on the door.
Cult Bossa Nova band Nouvelle Vague will perform in Dubai for the first time on Friday, 11 March. The band record cover versions of cult songs like 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' and 'Ever Fallen In Love' but in a Bossa Nova style, giving the classic songs a totally new sound. To date, they've sold nearly a million records across the world, and had millions of Youtube views.
The band also heavily borrow from the New Wave scene, and the Nouvelle Vague film genre to create a truly unique sound.
When: Friday, 11th March. 9pm till late. The show starts from 9pm followed by an after show party.
Ticket: Starting from AED250 (including one free drink), buy tickets here.
Russian-Algerian singer Sherazade and her musicians from LavionRose will take Dubai’s music haven The Music Room on Saturday March 19. Brought by Alliance Française Dubai and for the first time in Dubai, the band will perform their latest tracks: a superb blend of world music and pop.
Sherazade’s vocals are an echo to her life: vibrant and sensual, at the crossroads of mixed cultures. Her musical identity is deeply rooted in world music and shaped by an influence of varied music genres: Russian and Eastern music, traditional or classical, lyrical song with an affinity for blues and soul. The lyrics, sung in Russian, Arabic, French, English, Armenian or Turkish are more than an invitation to travel. Bold, sincere, they resound within us through their universal side.
LavionRose are five musicians who have toured stages around the world playing pop rock blended with world music. With LavionRose, Sherazade offers new sound textures from urban electric to flavorful and mystic. Their tracks such as Arménia, Palmita, Ocian, Louliya intertwine to draw a contemporary geography, both provocative and seductive.
LavionRose is Sébastien Duval on bass, John Eudes Solignac Lecomte on drums, Manuel Decocq on violin and accordion, Jean Claude Meurisse on piano and vocals, Jerome Eye Saleys on guitar and sound.When: Saturday, 19th March. Doors open at 7pm, music starts at 9pm.
Ticket: AED 50 (available at The Music Room and at Alliance Française Dubai)
The Music Room is in the Majestic Hotel, Mankool Road, Bur Dubai (location map)