After the show comes the after-party and, (excuse the smugness) boy, do we know how to throw one. After the formalities of the Time Out Dubai Music and Nightlife Awards wrapped up in the ballroom of the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, the winners, losers and everyone in between paraded down the road to the glittering Cavalli Club to party with Grandmaster Flash.
The legend (and some might argue pioneer) of R&B warmed up the crowd with soul and funk tunes including classics from The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye and David Bowie. The master of the decks also paid a timely tribute to the late Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest by playing Can I Kick It? The crowd agreed, with a bit of a boogie. And just as everyone was singing along to Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees, the beat dropped.
Post-performance, the 58-year-old Barbados-born artist tweeted about making a conscious decision not to play what Dubai’s nightlife scene hears all the time. And we were pleased, because listening to Justin Bieber apologise profusely can get quite exhausting.
The bottom line
A nostalgic and welcome trip down hip-hop’s memory lane.