Film: Trailer for Yallah Underground - A Documentary about the Underground Culture in the Middle East

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Yallah Underground is a vibrant documentary about underground culture in the Middle East, the struggle and the success, filmed through the eyes and actions of the artists who are part of this movement.  The film’s main protagonist is Zeid Hamdan of the Lebanese Underground and will follow him on tour through the region. 
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Links:
Lebanese Undergound - webpage / on myspaceon facebook
Yallah Underground - on facebook / on IndieGoGo

DuOud at Kings Place Thursday 29th Oct

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DuOudInstrumental, experimental, electronic, eclectic oud players DuOud, Jean Pierre Smadj and Mehdi Haddab, are playing at the newly opened Kings Place as part of the London Guitar Festival.  DuOud are known for their intense, tension filled tracks that mix the sounds of Africa and the Middle East with US/Euro techno synth punctuation. Point for point DuOud provide an original, laconic, cerebral sound which sometimes takes on a trance like dimension and other times takes you to blues and rock, all with a satisfying dry humour.

Below is a sampler from their latest album Ping Kong - excerpts from the tracks Johnny Guitar, Nude For Death, MissyNouackshott & Gengis Khan.  If you would like to buy the album click HERE
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Performance Thurs 29 October 7.45pm
Venue: Hall One, Kings Place, 90 York Way London N1 9AG click for map.
Tickets £14.50, £11.50, £9.50 Saver Seat £6.50. For info and to buy click and scroll to bottom of page. Box Office: 020 7520 1490
Nearest Tube: Kings Cross/St Pancras

Links:
Guitar Festival Page / DuOud on Kings Place page / DuOud on Myspace / Smadj on Myspace / Mehdi on Myspace

Notting Hill Sound Storm - U-Cef & 1,001 Knights 23 October

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DuOudWatch out Notting Hill!  tomorrow night 1,001 Knights led by U-Cef are coming.
Kazbah’s favourite urban groover U-Cef & the Arab League will be performing music from his most recent album, Halalwood.
Halalwood features Damon Albarn, Natacha Atlas, Justin Adams, UK Apache, Amina Annabi and Steve Hillage - from Gnawa to Dub Step, Halalwood is a work of imagination that drives your feet to the dance floor. In fact we at Kazbah have ‘borrowed’ U-Cef’s tracks for several of our interviews.
Stand by for a sound storm of live music with U-Cef DJ-ing after the gig and the belly dance delight of Melisa Yavas.

To buy Halalwood click HERE

Vital Statistics:
Friday 23 October 8pm. Tickets £5 on the door.
Venue: Inn On the Green
3-5 Thorpe Close, Off Portobello Road,
London W10 5XL click for map.
Nearest Tube:Ladbroke Grove

Links:
1001 Knights on the Grove on Facebook
U-Cef’s site
Halalwood on myspace

For the First Time Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Auction Includes Arab & Iranian Art

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Whether it was Obama or Bob The Builder who coined “Yes We Can” is not the point.  What is significant is the “Yes we can”, or rather, “Why not?” uttered by Sotheby’s Directors who decided to include the standalone Contemporary Arab & Iranian Art auction in their main Contemporary Art Auction which runs concurrent to London’s Frieze Art Fair next week.

And, Why Not? - the Arab & Iranian Contemporary sales over the past 2 years have established Sotheby’s as market leaders by consistently providing high quality art which holds its value and appeals across the spectrum.  Facts borne out by the diverse buyers’ base and the statistics of the sales: October 2007 saw the first auction of Arab & Iranian Contemporary Art which was a virtual sell-out achieving £1.5m, double the guide price; and the October 2008 sale netted £3.2m despite the dire economic climate.

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Auction 3pm Friday 16th October - Exhibition from 12-5pm Sunday 11th & 9am-430pm Monday 12th to Thursday 15th October.
Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond Street London W1S 2RT Click for map.
Tel: +44 20 7293 5000
Nearest Tubes: Bond Street and Oxford Circus.

According to Lina Lazaar, who with Dalya Islam put the show together, it can sometimes be difficult to escape the ‘confined and reductionist Arab and Iranian attribute’.  However, a quick review of the content in the auction confirms that, indeed, works such as that of Farhad Moshiri, Mohammad Ehsai, Mona Hatoum and Y.Z. Kami are more than justified marching alongside artists such as Antony Gormley, Marc Quinn or Tracey Emin.

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