The Unstoppable DJ UMB Mixes Arabic Pop Live on Bobby Friction

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While most of the UK was cowering from thunderstorms, the versatile DJ UMB sweetened the night with a live Arabic pop Mix on Bobby Friction’s BBC Asian Network show.  Click HERE for the show (EXPIRES FRI 24th JULY) and scroll to the 2 hour point to listen.

This year DJ UMB started Generation Bass, a fantastic site packed with great music.  Click Generation Bass to visit and download a special alternate mix of sugary, delighful Arabic pop - a bit off target for Generation Bass but it brings out the sun.  Also click DJ UMB Sufi Dub Mix on Kazbah for more stunning music.

Art: Show Stopper - Edge of Arabia at the Venice Biennale 5 June to 2 August

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Top: I Am by Manal Al Dowayan &, Bottom: Distorted Reality by Faisal SamraIf you go to Venice this summer for the Biennale art extravaganza, make space for the excellent exhibition Edge of Arabia; 10 artists showcasing the cutting edge of Saudi Arabian art from 5th June to 2nd August.

See samples of the exhibition and backgrounds on artists by clicking EXHIBITION

For details on getting there go to the Edge of Arabia website, click HERE

Our hats are well and truly off to the artists and the organisers educational pioneers and bridge builders, Offscreen Education.  Click website to see them online. 

Click HERE for Kazbah’s entry for the Edge of Arabia Exhibition at SOAS winter ‘08.

Also see the Biennale’s website here

DuOud’s Album Ping Kong Launched 30 March - CD Offer

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30 March saw the UK release of DuOud’s latest album Ping Kong. The instrumental duo, Smadj and Mehdi, have excelled themselves, from the raw metalesque of Genjiskan to the bluesy Missy Nouackshott in the tracks below:
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DuOud’s label Harmonia Mundi have made Ping Kong available for £10.99.
Email Ruth Knowles at or call +44 208 709 9525 quoting “KAZBAH/PING KONG OFFER” to buy via credit/debit card.

To catch up with DuOud on myspace click HERE

Arabian Fashion World Hosts First Ever UK Show at the Intercontinental Park Lane, London

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Last night, 6 April, Team Kazbah found itself granted entrance to the inaugural UK Arabian Fashion World’s show at the Intercontinental Hotel in London’s Park Lane in aid of Islamic Relief’s Gaza Appeal.  Mixing with Royalty, Ambassadors, fashion gurus and a vast host of the ‘beautiful people’ is definitely not our usual scene, so what could we expect from the show? READ THE REST…

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