Despite having reportedly sold twice as many records as U2, Western audiences were pretty unaware of the so-called ‘Mozart of Madras’ until he picked up an Oscar for the soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire two years ago (one of eight Academy Awards that the picture scooped). Following a second collaboration with director Danny Boyle on last year’s 127 Hours, AR Rahman is now hanging out with Mick Jagger and ‘son-of-Bob’ Damien Marley as part of the (surprisingly good) world-fusion supergroup SuperHeavy. However, Rahman’s 300 million record sales, in just 20 years, easily dwarf the Stones’ meagre 200 million units shifted over 50 years.
The prolific composer, musician and singer is heading to Dubai to pick up a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dubai International Film Festival this week, and will also perform one of the city’s biggest gigs, with more than 20,000 fans expected to cram into Dubai’s cricket stadium to here his genre-defining works. Don’t miss out.
Dhs100-Dhs1,000. Doors open 5pm, show starts 9pm, Friday December 9. Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sports City, www.timeouttickets.com