Three huge African and Caribbean cultural events come to the city
Friday October 26 Chi’s brand new garden area gets its first major showcase with this new Viva Africa event. Sponsored by the team behind neighbouring African restaurant Kiza, the night brings together a host of African talent, as well as tropical drinks, jerk chicken and traditional foods.
Topping the bill is Congolese singer-songwriter Fally Ipupa, who blends traditional soukous sounds with contemporary R&B and pop. He started life busking on the streets of the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, before being spotted by established band Quartier Latin, lead by renowned singer Koffi Olomide. In 2006 Ipupa went solo with debut LP Droit Chemin, spawning hit singles in the title track, ‘Liputa’ and ‘Kidiamfuka’, and later follow-up LP Arsenal de Belles.
Also on the bill is Nigerian Afrobeart-influenced rapper and producer Naeto C, best known for ‘I Believe’, which features Naeto rapping alongside legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela.
Elsewhere, there are deep house tunes provided by award-winning vocal-DJ duo Liquideep, who leapt to fame in their native South Africa with 2009 hit ‘Fairytale’. They attracted international note a year later with debut album Fabrics of the Heart, going on to share a stage with Akon and garnering international support from Chevrolet and Ben Sherman. Dhs150-250. 7pm-3am, October 26. Domeland@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, www.timeouttickets.com
Dubai Caribbean Carnival
Thursday November 1 The first day of the new annual Dubai Caribbean Carnival closes with a huge 10,000-capacity gig with three international headliners. Leading the bill is tubby rapper and one-time Justin Bieber collaborator Sean Kingston: he was last seen in these parts in May 2011, when he got more than 2,000 fans bopping and bouncing in Chi’s garden (although we can’t help but remember him being rather rude to us on the phone). Kingston’s Caribbean credentials are strong. He moved from Miama to Jamaica at the age of six, and takes his stage name from the home of reggae.
He’s mates with co-headliner Jason Derülo, who wrote several songs for Kingston in the early days, while Kingston co-wrote Derülo’s Billboard number-one breakout hit, ‘Whatcha Say’, in 2009. Since then he’s remained in the charts with a string of seven platinum-selling singles. Also born in Miami, his heritage is Haitian.
Rounding up the bill is Bow Wow, the American star who’s been rapping onstage since the age of six – he was noticed by Snoop Dogg (who, incidentally, has reinvented himself as reggae singer Snoop Lion). Since then, Bob Wow, aka Shad Gregory Moss, has scored a run of hits, although his most recent, ‘We In Da Club’, charted at number 112 in the US – creative inertia may be seeping in.
The second day of the festival, on Friday November 2, is a family day with carnival dancing, juggling, stilt walking, magic shows, rides and performances. Day one: Dhs225-575. 6pm-midnight, November 1. Day two: Dhs75 (single), Dhs150 (family ticket for couple with one child). 2pm-midnight, November 2. Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, www.timeouttickets.com
Do You Remember? 3
Friday November 9 This al-fresco event may offer less in the way of huge headliners or big visiting American stars, but still expect some hip-shaking grooves at the relaxed celebration of Caribbean culture. Following the last bash in April, in celebration of 50 years of Jamaican independence, now the heat has cooled the party-starters are back with a third incarnation of this event, subtitled ‘The Big Jamaican Oldies Party’. Expect old-school ska, reggae and dancehall from visiting DJ Radcliffe from Miami and DJ Bobby Wong from Jamaica, as well as Dubai’s own DJ Justin and DJ Raj. With a prime location on the beach at Jebel Ali, this one’s as much about the sun and the traditional Jamaican food on sale. Dhs150. 6pm-2am, November 9. Club Joumana, Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, www.timeouttickets.com