Urban Desert

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Country and Region United Arab EmiratesAbu Dhabi
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Dubai, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Festival Description

The inaugural Urban Desert will showcase some of the biggest Hip hop, Rap, Funk, and R’n’B artists, headlined by Grammy award nominee AKON, Fat Joe, and Black Violin. It will give a lesson of respect to those who only see the glitter (or unrespectful) aspect of this music genre, by seeing Hip hop as a culture, a lifestyle and an art of expression.

This one-off date is being preceded by a two date tour of South Africa (cape Town and Johannesburg), also organized by CSM. Sipho Dlamini, vice-president of Operations who is originally South African, explains “It has come time for the Middle East fans to experience a true experience a true Urban experience… Urban Desert will do just that and turn Dubai into a scene of expression for all ages, genders and colors, striving to make the music reach new heights. This is what Urban music is all about; it’s not about what you own or don’t, it’s what you feel”. The entertainment includes Rap DJ’s, dancers, a two-storey suspended bar as a world premiere, a graffiti wall and more activities that will keep everyone entertained in between performances, in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere!

Festival Dates April 2009
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