And the winner of the best local band in Dubai 2010 is...
This blues-rock showman and his merry band have put on several fine performances around town, including occasional stints at Chi.
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Rizal Khan Mar 24, 2010 09:22 am
Thanks joshua for the comments on Sho?. I really appreciate it. Your feedback is consistant with what others say. Since 2010, we do have a new drummer. I think our current bassist has had more time to settle in the band and get more familiar with the bass (as he was a guitarist before). Might be alittle tricky for a new guitarist but maybe in due time. Let's see. We have been working very hard on the rhythm section. I think it is paying off as I feel we were much tighter during our show in Metal Asylum and Rocknation earlier this month. I hope you get a chance to see us again and am looking forward to hear your valueable feedback then.
joshua Feb 15, 2010 05:50 pm
This is a tough one to pick as they are all good for completely different reasons.
Sho? has a great singer and guitarist but it seams they are missing a tight rhythm section for me to vote them the best local band. To me, if they added a better drummer and bassist plus another guitarist they would be the best. But for now they are still not there. But great potential! Zara can sing
Nikotin puts on a good show and has a tight band but I'm not a big fan of their song writing and their vocalist. Drummer at times looks bored when he's playing and it brings the energy from the other players down. Their style isn't the most original but they play it with power and passion.
The Recipe is probably my favorite group of rappers and DJ's in the UAE. Always entertaining but I don't really consider them a band. they sometimes act a little arrogant on stage but I guess that goes along with the genre they are performing. Good lyrics and beats make them one to see.
Fatiniza is a newer artist in Dubai. She has the talent to be great but the few times I've seen the band they've disappointed me a little. To me, they are just too new to be the best but a little more experience playing together live could push them over the top. Fatiniza is one of the best lead singers in Dubai. Think Tina Turner with better legs and with a Columbian accent. She is easy to compare to Shakira as a performer but with a rock band instead of pop band.They are definitely a band to see and be entertained by.
The Brownies are a good jam band. Good musicians. But the few times I've seen them have never left an impression. They are tight as a band but the songs are not too catchy and the show is non dynamic. Every song sounds the same in the set. I've only seen them twice and both times I liked them for about 2 songs and then started paying attention to my surroundings instead of them.
About 6 months ago I wouldn't have voted for Tim Hassall and the August company. The band wasn't tight and the set always seamed to be filled with technical difficulties or sloppy play in the rhythm section (if there was a rhythm section). I recently saw them play with some new members in the rhythm section that know how to play and all of a sudden the songs came to life on stage. From country to reggae (sometimes in the same song) with a harpist and piano player, Tim Hassall and the August Company have evolved in to a very entertaining original act that is hard to follow. Some of the songs are more like a poetry reading with minimal background music and at most venues in Dubai where sound is awful these songs come and go with no effect to the listener. But the bands love of music comes across in their performances and it makes the show a memorable one. They get my vote this year