Friday, June 28, 2013

Fete de la Musique at Souk Madinat Jumeirah

I don't think I've ever seen Souk Madinat Jumeirah as crowded as it was last Friday evening during Alliance Francaise's Fete de la Musique. It would have been great if it were held in the outdoors during the less sweaty season, because in whatever corridor of the souk the musicians were performing, one had to either take an alternative route, or squeeze past in single file. We saw some great local musicians, though, and a veritable buffet of genres.

The Hamami Brothers had an especially thick crowd around them, but pretty much any group or artist attracted a healthy number of onlookers. Genres included acoustic rock, saxophone, blues, and more, as well as a couple of groups performing in French.

I quickly headed for one of my favorite local bands, The Gypsy Swing Project, who were jamming with Johnny Miller at the time.

I also hung around these guys a lot. Hitherto unknown to me, this trio had a really good blues sound going.

One of the acts that was most popular and stayed on the longest was Gayamb & Jazz Zone, playing Creole music, bossa nova, and rearranged pop. It was also probably one of the most jam- acts, as the lineup sem to change each time I dropped by their spot. They had an especially good lead vocalist and acoustic guitarist as well.

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