Programmed entertainment throughout the festival is designed to entertain the crowds with a showcase of young talents in the UAE.
Jamil Jabbour Band
Experimenting with blues and acoustic renditions of popular music and obvious classics, this singer/songwriter puts his heart and soul into his music to create a one-man show with soul and passion. Jamil Jabbour Band will play acoustic covers ranging from ‘The Civil Wars’ to ‘Allen Stone’, his occasional originals, heartfelt ballads and everything in between.
Pipe Guy is an Adelaide based street performer and live artist, famous for playing his home made PVC pipe instrument with a pair of flip flops. His music has been described as an acoustic version of contemporary electronic dance music.
He created his instrument after watching Blue Man Groups DVDs as a teenager and growing up learning how to play various instruments. The pipe instrument is called a Tubulum and has been around for decades. Pipe Guy condensed the size of the traditionally large Tubulum into something that was compact enough to use for street performances and that would fit onto a plane, but with over 30 metres total length of pipes!
The music itself is influenced by house and techno music as well as artists such as The Knife, Jon Hopkins, Grimes, Fever Ray, and Bjork. The result is a high energy performance that makes you feel like you're in a nightclub as you walk down the street, or amplified on a stage accompanied by a drum machine and synthesiser for larger crowds.
The Josh Monteath Band
His songs, like most songwriters’, are derived from his own personal life and experiences using the golden rule that to be able to write well, one must write what one knows. In his case, he writes about the people around him, little things we do, that girl, and what inspires him, whether it be good or bad.
More than anything, he enjoys sharing his music and stories and hopes that people find their own way of relating to it.
He has become a regular performer at events by the grassroots music initiative “Freshly Ground Sounds” and “The Fridge”…and you can be sure to see a lot more of him.
Josh will be playing with his band on the Progress stage but also make sure to catch one of his solo slots on the pop up stages.
A talented guitarist and singer with a passion for music and entertainment, Aman’s mission is to continually create, grow and share musical artistry through performances, recordings and song writing. With a wide repertoire of music from blues, contemporary, rock, jazz, pop and R&B, Aman has played lead guitar with bands from places like Goa, India to Boston, USA. Aman’s love for song writing and composition comes from several influences including John Lennon, Ed Sheeran, James Bay, John Mayer and many more.
Through their combined cross-continental experience and a fabulous repertoire, the Canella ladies deliver a stunning performance of Arabic, Latin and classic fusion.
They’ll be performing during the festival as a duo and then solo on the harp and flute.
Lap Tap Guitar
Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, Adam began as a busker and it was here he got his first taste of street performing, eventually taking his skills around the world. His talent has been heard from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Bahrain Formula One, Dubai Street Festival, Muscat Festival, and more. Adam is not your everyday acoustic player, using a technique called “Lap Tapping”, where he rests the guitar on his lap and powerfully taps the frets and strings to create a captivating cacophony.
Bulgarian-native Mishel Taufik is the UAE’s leading marimba player. Not only does he have a large repertoire of classical music down to an expert finesse, he easily glides through Latin and pop with heaps of charisma to boot.
A juxtaposition of new and old instruments, among the most enchanting ever to be introduced. At Mother of the Nation Sandfall is also a collaboration between Khaldoun on hang drum and Lidia Stankulova on harp, this unique combination – a harmonious blend of vibes and beats - is both inspiring and calming.
The guys will be playing as a duo, and then solo throughout the festival