One of our favourite nights is back! We were close to tears when we heard that iLL Communications – which won a Time Out gong for Best House Night earlier this year – was no longer occupying its regular Friday night slot at Trilogy. However, this week it relaunched at a new home at N’Dulge. This time the team will play outdoors on The Terrace (recalling where they launched three years ago on what was The Rooftop), taking the Thursday night slot. Having previously brought over the likes of Depeche Mode, Carl Craig, Steve Bug and Afrika Bambaataa, the fourth season continues with Mobilee Records’ Ray Okpara and Crosstown Records’ Subb-an on Thursday November 29, and Marcus Intalex and SPMC on Thursday December 6. Under the new setup there’s also R&B in the main room and house in the lounge every Thursday.
While we’re talking big names, we must mention that drum’n’bass legend Andy C is coming to Dubai early next year. Stay tuned for more.
Following from the success of the inaugural Viva Africa gig, hosted at Domeland@Chi last month, the team has lined up a far bigger event. The massive celebration is to take place at Festival Park on Thursday December 6, and brings together hand-picked talent from across the African continent, including D’Bank (Nigeria), Freshlyground (South Africa), Gossaya Tesfaye (Ethiopia), Jose Chameleon (Uganda), Red San (Kenya) and Castro (Ghana).
Over in the rock world, we’re pleased to see the release of Dubai-based rocker Jay Wud’s second album this week. The Lebanese star has taken a leaf from Radiohead’s book by letting fans pay whatever they want for False Utopia, as long as it means a minimum of US$2. Check www.jaywud.com.
Finally, it’s good to hear that the emirate’s sadly under-cooked classical scene is getting a boost with a new series of concerts and outreach projects. The Score Classical promises to ‘inspire and enrich our passion for classical music’. Launching last week with a concert by Seattle Baroque, there’s more to look forward to with the US’s Rascher Saxophone Quartet playing at The First Group Theatre on Tuesday January 15. That’s all for now, music-heads – until next week.