Singer-songwriter Danny Aridi keeps rising to the top. After winning the coveted residency at du Arena via the Emerging Talent Competition, he also added a Virgin “Best Artist” award, competing against talent across the Middle East and Africa. His raspy, soulful voice will bring to mind classic soul singers of the past, like Sam Cooke or Otis Redding.
A talented singer and guitarist who plays with passion, drawing influences from other singer-songwriters like John Lennon, Ed Sheeran and John Mayer. Fluent in a variety of genres, but primarily performs blues and rock covers and originals.
Ayoub began performing magic at the age of 11. His interest soon grew from performing parlour tricks to the creation of elaborate illusions. Now this fresh Arabic talent brings his charismatic brand of close-up magic to the Mother of the Nation Festival to amaze and entertain audiences of all ages.
Bass Mic Trio
Combine classically powerful vocals with a funky bassline and a hip-hop beatbox artist and what do you get? The unique sounds and presence of the Bass Mic Trio. Their catching beats and minimal arrangements will put you in a groovy daze!
Just two good-old country boys and their acoustic guitars, playing hit songs with an American Country music feel. Whether channeling pop, blues, reggae or rock, the dueling instruments and vocal harmonies of Down Home will make you feel as Country and Western as a Wild West rodeo show.
Learning to sing from her grandmother at an early age, Jenny is on a mission to save the world by bringing people together through music. She sings in many languages and has played for audiences in Poland, Italy, France and South Korea. Now she brings her uniquely soulful blend of vocals and acoustic guitar to the diverse audiences of the UAE.
Self-taught drummer/percussionist Khaldun sees himself as an explorer of rhythm. His experiences with the 30-member experimental band RUM led him to adopt a blend of Arabic and Western styles. He also discovered a passion for the unique “Hang drum,” a percussion instrument played with the hands and fingers. Khaldun will entertain audiences with his enthusiastic playing style and introduce them to the melodic sound of the “Hang drum.”
Leoné Murphy is a multi-talented musician, fondly described as "Dubai’s Kate Bush, Adele and Tori Amos all rolled into one" by Time Out Dubai. The 20-year old South African performs originals and covers that are breathtakingly beautiful in their simplicity. Murphy is equally proficient on guitar and piano, and she draws on influences from Ingrid Michelson and Bob Dylan to compose touching lyrics in her signature style.
This dulcet-voiced singer-songwriter will be performing throughout the festival, inspiring audiences with her stirring renditions.
Natalie and Amelia are two sopranos who met while studying their post-graduate diplomas at the Royal College of Music in London. Together they perform as “Vocal Elegance” and have been wowing audiences around the world with their combined performance of operatic arias and duets.
A teen sensation, Dubai-based Saffron Collins says she has already moved on from the indie rock sound of her acclaimed debut EP. Now the talented youngster has begun to explore R&B and soul, infusing her latest tracks with their influence. Catch the rising star on the Happiness stage at the Mother of the Nation Festival.
This classically trained Oud performer graduated with distinction from the Arab Oud House at the Cairo Opera House and now teaches at the Arts Center in New York University-Abu Dhabi. She was also the founder of “Najmaat,” the first kind all-female band of its kind in the Arab world. She performs a wide variety of Arabic and well-known songs, favored by local audiences.
Musical duo from Birmingham, UK plays eclectic mix of musical favorites from classic rock n’ roll to electronic, from reggae to modern pop. This versatile team churns out good-time fun with a repertoire of top hits from yesteryear to today. Guaranteed to get the party going.
Reflecting the cultural melting pot of the UAE, these Belgian-Kiwi twins combined with an English singer to create Vandalye. Their unique guitar and piano driven folk sound has made them a standout in the UAE music scene, allowing them to open for Lionel Richie at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The trio also received the “Highly Commended Best Dubai Act” from TimeOut Magazine and brings their acoustic, alternative sound to the Happiness stage at Mother of the Nation Festival.