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The two-day Barzakh Festival draws inspiration from this idea to create a meeting place of musical streams of genre-shattering artists from diverse cultures, whose global-minded music reflects multiple influences and recombinant identities.
A certified full-time music junkie, James Locksmith has been leading the alternative music scene across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for nearly a decade, brilliantly blurring the lines between funk, disco, soul, house, electronic, techno and world grooves, creating his own unique, genre-hopping mix that’s seen the native Australian play across the region including Beirut, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Greece, Morocco and Australia.
With music in his veins, he’s become the go-to man for cult brands like Red Bull and their world-famous Music Academy as well as collaborating with Art Dubai, SOLE DXB, Tiger Translate, SATWA 3000, Analog Room and Vibe Series events. His role call of supporting gigs is just as impressive, having shared stage-time with Mr Scruff, Kenny Dope, Nightmares on Wax, John Morales, Nicolas Jaar, Hot Chip, Danny Krivit, Giles Peterson, Princess Nokia and dozens more.
This event will see James playing opening and in between sets of legendary African dance orchestra Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 as well as East-African retro-pop duo Alsarah and The Nubatones.
Tickets are priced at AED 105 for visitors and AED 52.50 for students with a valid ID.