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

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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

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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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Canvas at the British Museum - Gender Wars and Chadors II

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Dubai based Canvas Magazine has been bringing the world the latest quality art and intelligent critique from the Middle East since 2004 and, true to its progressive attitude, has grasped the nettle of stereotype and preconception and their impact on collectors, curators and artists, by inaugurating the series of three panel discussions provocatively titled Gender, Wars and Chadors.

This, the second discussion, takes the view point of the curators, who are, Saleh Barakat, co-curator of the first Lebanese Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale, Rose Issa, the internationally renowned London-based curator and Dr. Venetia Porter, curator in the department of the Middle East at the British Museum.  The panel is moderated by Dr. Anthony Downey Programme Director of the MA course in Contemporary Art at Sothebys Institute of Art.

The first discussion involving collectors was held during Art Basel in Switzerland in June 2009 and the third will involving artists will take place in Basel Miami Beach later this year.  The transcripts of these discussions is intended to be publish in book form during March 2010.

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Discussion 7-8pm 12 October.
Tickets are free but you must reserve a place by calling +44 208 969 3959
BP Theatre, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Click for map.  Nearest Tube: Holborn, Tottenham Court Road

Further info at Canvas online / Britsh Museum / Rose Issa’s website / Maqam Gallery - Saleh Barakat / Rose Issa’s Exhibitions on Kazbah / Canvas TV - being launched in 2010

Unmissable - Speed Caravan At Dingwalls Camden Lock 7 October

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Take Rachid Taha, the Chemical Brothers and the tradition of oud master Udi Hrant Kenkulian, put them in a neo-punk-rock-gypsy-hendrix-esque wrapper add semtex and you get the ultimate cliche of Speed Caravan.

An unmissable gig, Mehdi Haddab and Speed Caravan are a force for change: their powerful, rhythmic rock sound takes 100 years of music and drops it effortlessly in today.  Real World have released a special version of their album Kalashnik Love, to buy the MP3 version click HERE

Selected tracks:  Kalashnik Love
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To add a cherry to this delight, DJ UMB will be spinning the night away.  Listen to him on myspace HERE

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Performance 730pm 7 October.
Tickets £10. To buy click Buy Tickets or ring 08700 600 100
Dingwalls, Camden Lock, London NW1 8AB Click Map for map.
Nearest Tube: Camden Town, Camden Road and Chalk Farm

Dingwall’s listings / Speed Caravan at Real World / Speed Caravan on Myspace

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