Hey. Heard you went to some food festival in the park over the weekend and left it broke and still hungry. Bummer… Know what we did? We were across the street at Café Arabia feeding the public free jams and endless good vibes.
Nevermind that Mushrif Central Park let us down this month (said impromptu food fair took over our turf, basically); we just rocked up to everyone’s favourite neighbourhood cafe – Cafe Arabia, wired up in the cute, cosy library-nook-thing on the second floor and had ourselves a sweet little shoulder-rubbing jam. It was insanely successful for something so last minute, so kudos to management for giving us shelter in our time of need!
There were all kinds of cool performers down for this edition; from foot-stomping, trumpet-blowing folksters Jaye and Foe to first-time performers in the form of shy soft-rock trio Dead After Sunrise, who closed the evening off quite charmingly (you guys should play less covers and more of your original stuff, by the way, that last song you guys made towered over everything – go brave or go home!).
Everyone was lovely to listen to in their own special ways, but I really, really liked Daisygrim frontman Greg Brown’s set – particular good vibes came from his rendition of “Ganja Babe”. Thanks for coming all the way from Dubai for us!
Alongside that, I think what stole the show for me was that bandana-wearing dude tapping away at some weird amazing inverted steel drum. Just him and his hands… and an Indian dance anklet on one foot to help him keep time. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK. Very cool stuff. The handpan, I think it’s called, offers a dope mix of both percussion and melody and was invented in the early 2000s and is really hard to come by, apparently. Sherif, who goes by the name ‘Music From Steel’ was on a waiting list for months and months before he could get his drums custom-made by the inventor himself in Switzerland. I will be looking more into this hippie musical tool of the future for you; Sherif, I have many questions…
A special shoutout to Fujifilm Middle East for fun times co-hosting a really busy, super productive photography workshop with our own Waleed Shah too! We’ll keep adding our favourite shots from the participants as they come through.
AND ONE MORE TIME, THANK YOU: Katie and Allan Martin; A-Kidd and Mariam; Jaye and Foe; Greg Brown; Music from Steel; Stone Perception; Dead After Sunrise and our awesome host Saif and Sound… and see you all next month (back in the bloody park, we hope!).