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Music of the United Arab Emirates


Life in the UAE
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The music of the United Arab Emirates stems from the Eastern Arabia music traditions. Distinctive dance songs from the area's fishermen are also well-known. Liwa (or leiwah / leywah) is a type of music and dance performed mainly in communities which contain descendants of Bantu peoples from the African Great Lakes region.

Performers in the country include Mohammed Al Muhairi (better known as Mehad Hamad), Ahlam Ali Al Shamsi, and Hussain Al Jasmi.

Underground music in the UAE

The UAE houses a lively underground music scene, consisting mostly of expatriates. Concentrated in Dubai, the majority of local artists play rock and metal music. Some bands also play alternative styles of music such as ska, punk, house and experimental sounds.

A cover band scene is prevalent in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Dubai's Blue Bar frequently hosts live jazz performances.

Local organizations have been key players in moving the music scene forward, in terms of organizing and promoting concerts and bands, as well as providing online discussion areas for local residents wishing to know more about upcoming events.

Yassin Alsalman, better known by his stage name The Narcicyst, was born in Dubai in 1982.

Canadian singer Karl Wolf lived in Dubai between the ages of three and seventeen, and has returned to perform in the UAE.

Notable bands

Below is an alphabetical list of UAE-based artists who have released original material commercially:

  • Abri - Albums: Sunchild (2008), Blank Notes (2009)[1]
  • Absolace - Albums: Resolve(d) (2010), Fractals (2012)[2]
  • Alison Andrews - Album: Love's a Cure (2011)[3]
  • Anuryzm - Album: Worm's Eye View (2011)[4]
  • Beat Antenna - EP: Half Now, Half Later (2009)[5]
  • Billy Bob's Blood Drenched Brew - Album: The Split (2012)[6]
  • Coat of Arms - Albums: This is Manslaughter (2011), Sun and Satellites (2013), DVD: Nobody Knows (2011)[7]
  • Dahab - Albums: Spirit of Sinai (2009), Qabeela'h (2011)[8]
  • Jonas Desai - EP: Get me Out (2008), album: A Weight Off my Mind (2008)[9]
  • Desert Heat - Album: When the Desert Speaks (2008)[10]
  • E.Y.E. - Albums: Empty Yard Experiment (2011), Kallisti (2014)[11]
  • Fatiniza - Albums: Confusion (2010), Nothing is Impossible (2012)[12]
  • The Flaming Trees - EP: Soldier (2009)[13]
  • Gandhi's Cookbook - EP: In the Cesspool of Culture (2008)[14]
  • Jennifer Gove - EP: This is my Dirt (2009)[15]
  • Ash Hamman - - Album: Ash Hamman (2013)[16]
  • Tim Hassall - Album: Oh Restless Heart (2010)[17]
  • Illmiyah - Album: Stereotyped (2012)[18]
  • Juliana Down - Albums: Cause and Affect (2006), Empires (2011)[19]
  • Malika - Albums: Tarabu (2005), Sand Star (2011)[20]
  • Moonshine - EP: Moonshine (2010)[21]
  • Kamal Musallam - Albums: On a Jordan River's Side (2003), Out of my City (2008), Lulu (2009), Songs for Seung-eun (2011)[22]
  • Naree - Albums: I'm no Fool (2004), Proud (2005), In This Life or the Next (2007), Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (2009), Naree - The Soundtrack (Vol. 1) (2010)[23]
  • Nervecell - EP: Human Chaos (2004), Albums: Preaching Venom (2008), Psychogenocide (2011)[24]
  • Nightmare Overdose - EP: We're All Strangers (2014)[25]
  • Nikotin - EP: Short of Panodrama (2009), Album: Panodrama (2014)[26]
  • Obselion - EP: The Calm Fire (2012)[27]
  • Point of View - Album: Revolutionize the Revolutionary (2012)[28]
  • Riff Raff - Album: By the Seat of Our Pants (2012)[29]
  • Sandwash - Album: Master Blaster Hole (2010)[30]
  • Danny Shirran - Album: Long Time Comin' (2013)[31]
  • Sho? - EP: I Don't Wanna Go (2010)[32]
  • Vin Sinners - Album: An Element of Surprise (2011)[33]

See also

References

  • Badley, Bill. "Sounds of the Arabian Peninsula". 2000. In Broughton, Simon and Ellingham, Mark with McConnachie, James and Duane, Orla (Ed.), World Music, Vol. 1: Africa, Europe and the Middle East, pp 351–354. Rough Guides Ltd, Penguin Books. ISBN 1-85828-636-0
  • Maho M. Sebiane, « Le statut socio-économique de la pratique musicale aux Émirats arabes unis : la tradition du leiwah à Dubai », Chroniques yéménites, 14, Numéro 14, 2007.
  1. ^ - official websiteAbri
  2. ^ - official websiteAbsolace
  3. ^ - official websiteAlison Andrews
  4. ^ - official websiteAnuryzm
  5. ^ - official websiteBeat Antenna
  6. ^ - official websiteBilly Bob's Blood Drenched Brew
  7. ^ - official websiteCoat of Arms
  8. ^ - official websiteDahab
  9. ^ - official websiteJonas Desai
  10. ^ - official websiteDesert Heat
  11. ^ - official websiteE.Y.E.
  12. ^ - official websiteFatiniza
  13. ^ - official websiteThe Flaming Trees
  14. ^ - official websiteGandhi's Cookbook
  15. ^ - official websiteJennifer Gove
  16. ^ - official websiteAsh Hamman
  17. ^ - official websiteTim Hassall
  18. ^ - official websiteIllmiyah
  19. ^ - official websiteJuliana Down
  20. ^ - official websiteMalika
  21. ^ - official websiteMoonshine
  22. ^ - official websiteKamal Musallam
  23. ^ - official websiteNaree
  24. ^ - official websiteNervecell
  25. ^ - official websiteNightmare Overdose
  26. ^ - official websiteNikotin
  27. ^ - official websiteObselion
  28. ^ - official websitePoint of View
  29. ^ - official websiteRiff Raff
  30. ^ - official websiteSandwash
  31. ^ - official websiteDanny Shirran
  32. ^ - official websiteSho?
  33. ^ - official websiteVin Sinners
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