Dubai-based band Kicksound have taken top prize at a regional talent search.
The alt-rock trio won Best English language award at the Zippo Encore Arabia competition, while Jad Ghazal won the corresponding Arabic language award.
Scores of acts submitted tracks to the contest, with a total of 20 finalists named to compete for the top two prizes.
The winners were announced at a glitzy party at Movida Dubai on May 14, where many of the finalists performed stripped down acoustic versions of their tunes in front of the judging panel, which included last year’s winners Nikotin, UAE singers Fatiniza and Rouba, SoundStruck Studios producer Elvis Garagic and hip-hop producer/DJ Dany Neville.
Soulful singer-songwriter Josh Monteath impressed the judges so much with his live performance he was given an impromptu special commendation for best live act.
See pictures of the awards ceremony here.