UAE based bands and musicians celebrate World Music Day

Alliance Française Dubai celebrate World Music Day with 2 music events on June 20th and 21st: a total of 15 artists groups.

To sum up, two dates of music:

The Emirates Community Orchestra happens on Friday June 20th at Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha.

Fete de la musique / World Music Day (organised by Alliance Francaise Dubai) happens on Saturday June 21st at Souk Madinat Jumeirah.

Both events are free for all. See all details below now.

June 20th - The Emirates Community Orchestra

As an introduction to Fete de la musique festival, Alliance Française Dubai hosts a classical music concert on Friday June 20th.

Recently founded, The Emirates Community Orchestra will perform for the first time at Alliance Francaise Dubai "Symphony No. 1 (Beethoven)". The Emirates Community Orchestra gather young musicians from various nationalities under the direction of Jonathan Armes, First basson of the UAE National Symphonic Orchestra. This project aims to promote the artistic development and education of young talents.

Where: Alliance Francaise Dubai, Street 18, Oud Metha close to American Hospital

When: Friday June 20th, 6:30pm


More info: Tel: 04 335 87 12 - Email: -

June 21st- Fete de la musique - music festival - Organised by Alliance Francaise Dubai

Each year, Alliance Francaise Dubai celebrates music! Celebrated in every major cities in France since the 80’s, la Fete de la musique is a superb platform for any musicians or bands. It’s open to amateurs and professionals and to any music genre. Willing to recreate the spirit of this street festival in France, Alliance Francaise Dubai invade the alleys of Souk Madinat Jumeirah and welcome all locally based bands and musicians. 

15 bands lined up this year! Fete de la musique is, every year, extremely well attended: the alleys of Souk Madinat Jumeirah are packed!

Classical guitar, rock, jazz, percussions, swing, Arabic music, fusion, electro: an eclectic line-up!

When: Saturday June 21st from 7pm to 10pm


Full press release below on Fete de la musique.


Bands will play on rotation from 7 to 10pm. Each band/ group of musicians will play a set of 30 minutes on an assigned spot in the alleys of Souk Madinat Jumeirah. A flyer/ location map will be distributed on the day of the event: people will be able to locate where their favourite band/ music is played. All bands and musicians are UAE based.

Sixth June is a band of cool misfit (Brazillian/Indian/African). The 4-piece band is influenced by the likes of Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and Tom Jobim. Expect jazzy mood and eclectic atmosphere of covers and originals with Sixth June. 

Raisa & Luke -French Brazilian singer Raisa and Austrian guitarist Luke Aaron Meyer will play easy chill out music: Brazilian bossa nova,  jazz and some french songs.

Belta DrumCore is a student drumming group who play traditional marching drums with a modern twist. We will be marching through the alleys of the Madinat playing beats and rhythms, including our own version of the Cup song. The band is run out of The Music Box Performing Arts Training Center as a weekly class on a drop in basis, open to all ages and abilities. Belta DrumCore focuses on ensemble playing, musicianship, energetic beats, socialising and fun, with an aim to performing and collaborating.

Muhaisnah Four -The knobs and the waves. The bass and the beats. The randomness of it all. Muhaisnah Four is a Dubai based gear junky. A fan and a student of good music, whatever genre it may be. A part time artist, full time dreamer. Muhaisnah Four play live electronic music, samples and beats with  analog synthesiser. 

Parallel Sound System -Parallel Sound System is a 3 piece Electro Dream Pop band composed of vocalist 'X' (Christianne Alvarez), synths & effects Mckie Alvarez, beatmaker, synths & samplers Muhaisnah Four (Cromwell Ojeda). The band’s name was chosen due to the way it produces its songs, they make songs by exchanging beats & tracks online, final touch will be X’s melodies & lyrics magic and thats how they do it. It’s like making music in Parallel world. PSS have been invited to play in some of Dubai's progressive art communities and recently represented Dubai in Bahrain’s Museland Music Festival. Expect mix ambient electronic music at Fete de la musique this year.

The Hamami Brothers - Mohamad  and Ayham Hamami (violin and vocals) have been performing in the Middle East for the past 6 years and collaborating with many other artists.

This year at Fete de la musique, The Hamami Brothers will present their repertoire of Arabic music from traditional and classical to modern pieces along with some original music. They will be joined on stage by young talented Teaguen Scott on harp and percussion.

Point of View - Point of View was winner of best band in Dubai 2013 & Best Highly commended gig below 3000 people at the Time Out 2013 Music & Nightlife Awards. The band’s music is strong, melodious, message driven and high energy when delivered live. At Fete de la musique, Point of View will put up a more laid back acoustic set. Point of View donates 90% of the money they make to animal welfare.

The Gypsy Swing Project -  Having released their first album this year, the four-piece band plays classic French songs such as Edith Piaf’s ones in a gypsy jazz rendition. 

Kamal Musallam - Most prominent regional artist Kamal Musallam will perform tracks of his newly released 6th album ‘Homemade in Rome’ in his very own Arabic Fusion style.

  Mural - Acoustic guitar/beatbox duo called "Mural” play electronic house and drum n bass genre stripped down or interpreted to a mix of acoustic guitar and beatbox as a unique act. The pair has recently open the East 17 and Bombay Bassment concert at Music Room and have also performed in open mic events around Dubai and Freshly Ground Sound. 

Al Quoz Mic Trip

Al Quoz Mic Trip is a Dubai based band of 5 accomplished musicians. They have been together in some form or another since 2006. The band members come from as far as the USA, France and Lebanon which influences their play of a mix of bluesy english rock sprinkled with some French pop favorites. They have performed in many Dubai venues including Traders, Music Room, City Max as well as having attended all the FDLM since 2007.

Dubai Classical Orchestra - classical guitar lead by Valentin Spasov

Gayamb brings a 'seldom-ly played' music style in the Emirates: traditional Creole music and more precisely “Séga”. Gayamb started 10 years ago on the French Reunion Island (between Madagascar and Mauritius) and then continued with the core members in Africa. These same core members now have re-started this band in the UAE with an additional musician from the Reunion Island. The rhythm of this traditional music makes you feel like being on this tropical Island!

Meddle With Us - Meddle With Us is a hotchpotch of musical styles all of French or Lebanese origin. The friendly 4-piece outfit love singing, and the fun and emotions music conveys. Expect cover songs in French and English, pop and rock genre.  A true mix of professional musicians and amateurs, Meddle With You is silly inviting us to have fun!

Jumeirah Music Centre Teacher’s Band
Jumeirah Music Centre Teacher’s Band is a collaborative effort of the centre’s teachers whose dedication is to impart the joy of music to its community. Thay aim to share their passion for music thru playing their respective instruments in events such as the Fête de la Musique. The band’s repertoires ranges from Jazz, RnB and Pop. 

Fete de la musique - press release:

Fête de la Musique, Launched in 1982 by the French Ministry of culture, is held in more than hundred countries in Europe and over the world. It takes place every 21st of June, the day of the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere.

La Fête de la Musique allows all people with a passion for music to gather and take part in the performance, whether they are amateur or professional musicians. It is then completely different from a music festival. The Fête de la Musique is above all a free popular fête. This Music day allows the expression of all styles of music in a cheerful atmosphere. It aims at a large audience, working to popularize musical practice for all public from all communities.

The Theme 2014: Urban Music

When music comes across the energy of the inhabitants: this year Fête de la Musique celebrates urban music. The original excitement, creative and festive, which mixes cultures and walks through the streets of the world, sometimes, like hip-hop, was a counterculture. Today, joining the large traditional marching bands, bandas or batucadas, sometimes tinted with sounds due to the explosion of electronic music, urban music is undeniably a major cultural and artistic phenomenon accessible to everyone.

A free and popular event

The musicians are asked to perform for free, and all the concerts are free for the public. It’s the reason why they are used to play in open air areas as streets and parks or in public buildings like museums, train stations, castles…

Furthermore, the Fête de la Musique is a way to encourage the major music institutions (orchestra, operas, choirs, etc.) to perform outside their usual locations.

At Dubai we will be having the Dubai Classical Guitar Orchestra and Jumeirah Music Centre playing at the Fête de la Musique.

 It gives an opportunity to communicate and share a very special moment through music.

Thanks to the impulse and the dynamism of the Alliance Francaise worldwide network, the Fête has an important international growth. Indeed, a lot of events are now set up by local organizers. We have to invent the Fête de la Musique again and again, taking into consideration each country’s cultural specificities. In this way, it will become a real emblematic event in most of the countries.

“La Fête de la Musique” will take place in the unique surroundings of the Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Amateur and professional musicians will invade the alleys of the souk and perform from 7 pm till 10 pm. The Fête de la Musique, Will allow the expression of all styles of music in a cheerful atmosphere, and will be representative of the cultural diversity of the UAE. The various acts and artists present a wide diversity of instruments, traditions and sounds. It helps popularising musical practice for all people with different ages. This is likely to be one of the most varied and colorful musical events of the season.   

About Alliance Française Dubai 

Alliance Française Dubai is a non-profit organization that keep aiming “To be the French Institute and the French Cultural hub of choice in Dubai for learning the French language, and for the promotion of French & Francophone cultures in a thriving environment.”

Alliance Française Dubai is extremely active on the cultural scene of the UAE. They promote visual and performing arts not only for French and Francophone artists but especially for other artists of various nationalities. 


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