The Six: Who is performing at Dubai’s EDM music festival

The electronic dance music festival is set to be staged for the first time in Dubai on Nov. 29 and 30. (Shutterstock)
Updated 27 November 2018
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The Six: Who is performing at Dubai’s EDM music festival

DUBAI: The electronic dance music festival is set to be staged for the first time in Dubai on Nov. 29 and 30. The world’s top DJs, including Martin Garrix, will take to the stage in Meydan.

R3hab
R3hab, real name Fadil El-Ghoul, is a Dutch DJ of Moroccan decent who hailed from Breda. The Record producer and remixer began his career in 2008 working with world-renowned DJ Hardwell before teaming up with other well-known stars such as Afrojack, Skytech and Little Daylight.

Brooks
Dutch EDM (electronic dance music) producer Brooks has made a name for himself in the music scene after churning out original and innovative sets that caught the world’s attention, with celebrated DJ Martin Garrix naming him as “a favorite for the coming months and beyond.”

Afrojack
The Dutch DJ and producer learnt his trade when he was just 14 and has been busting out the tunes ever since — now he’s a main-stage favorite everywhere.

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New York State of Mind

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Don Diablo
The internationally acclaimed Dutch DJ and producer has seen his catchy tracks and exciting drops take him around the world, including some of the biggest festivals.

Salvatore Ganacci
Born in Bosnia, the Swedish based DJ and producer is relatively new on the dance music scene, but he’s already grabbed the spotlight with his energy-packed performances.

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Mexico WOW

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Marcus Santoro
Marcus Santoro is one of Australia’s rising stars. As a music producer, remixer and DJ, his music has been described as delicate yet full of “undeniable groove.”

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Bass Face @marqueesydney

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With Saudi roots and an Indian heart, Al-Kazi is an act the stage will never forget

Updated 21 February 2019
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With Saudi roots and an Indian heart, Al-Kazi is an act the stage will never forget

  • Though an icon in India, few people know about Al-Kazi’s Saudi roots

JEDDAH: India has always been a hub of art and culture. Over the last century, movies emerged as the most expressive cultural medium, and the Indian film industry — commonly known as Bollywood — has since become a powerhouse of world cinema.

One can never do its history justice without mentioning Ebrahim Al-Kazi.

A renowned director and drama teacher, he worked as the director of the prestigious New Delhi-based National School of Drama (NSD) from 1962 to 1977, teaching many well-known future actors and fellow directors, including Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah and Rohini Hattangadi. He also founded the Art Heritage Gallery in New Delhi.

Though an Indian icon, however, few people know about Al-Kazi’s Saudi roots. His father, Hamad bin Ali Al-Kazi, was a trader from Unaiza in the Kingdom’s Qassim region, who subsequently settled in Pune, India, where Ebrahim was born in 1925. 

Early on in his career, Al-Kazi worked with the Bombay Progressive Artists Group, which included M.F. Husain, F.N. Souza, S.H. Raza, Akbar Padamsee and Tyeb Mehta, who would all later contribute to the design of his sets.

He worked in India, the US and Europe before becoming the director of the NSD, and later of the Asian Theater Institute, and is credited with staging more than 50 plays in his lifetime. He also contributes to the preservation of Indian cultural history through his Al-Kazi Foundation for the Arts.

In February 2015, Al-Kazi was honored at the second Saudi Film Festival in Dammam. He was later quoted in Arab media sources on his Saudi upbringing: “Our father was a firm believer in our cultural roots that went back to Saudi Arabia, and we spoke only Arabic at home. We had a teacher of Arabic and Islamic studies who came from Saudi Arabia, and lived as part of our family.

“Arab families (in India) did not mix very much with others, but my father had close ties with people other than Arabs,” he added.

Al-Kazi has also won many prestigious Indian awards. He was the first recipient of Roopwedh Pratishthan’s Tanvir Award in 2004 for his contribution to Indian theater, and in 1966 received the Padma Shri award. He won the Padma Bhushan award in 1991, and was given India’s second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2010.