s07e25 – Passaggio a Dubai – Avventura

Passaggio a Dubai in questa puntata vi porta all’avventura tra i delfini dell’Oman e i beach club degli Emirati, una buona scusa per ascoltare della musica nuova spacconissima. Benvenuti a una nuova puntata, come ogni domenica su Radio Fragola.

1. One Another – Mac DeMarco
2. Kolly Kibber – Peter Doherty
3. Baby Come Over – Brisa Roche
4. Everyday – Sacred Paws
5. First Caress – Spoon
6. Lo – Lisa Hannigan
7. Beauty of the Road – Future Islands
8. Whatever Happened to Soy Bomb – EELS
9. When Somebody Thinks You’re Wonderful – Fats Waller
10. Things It would be helpful to know before the revolution – Father John Misty
11. Flight of the Icarus – Iron Maiden
12. Jamaica Jerk-Off – Elton John
13. Nouel – Laura Marling

s07e24 – Passaggio a Dubai – Mostly Design

Ascolta la puntata nuova, con alcune storie dal Salone del mobile, rambling, canzoni meravigliose e un mini lancio al Primo Maggio:

1. Empty Body – Sacred Paws
2. You can call me Al – Paul Simon
3. Sea Hearts – Honeyblood
4. Carlton Touts – Sleaford Mods
5. The Beat – Elvis Costello
6. La più forte – Tre Allegri
7. Time on her side – Future Islands
8. Sign your name – Sheryl Crow
9. Rollin’ and tumblin’ – Muddy Waters
10. Floating Vibes – Surfer Blood
11. Look inside America – Blur
12. Wild once – Laura Marling

s07e22 – Passaggio a Dubai – The Art and Design Season

Oggi andiamo a scoprire la stagione dedicata all’arte e al design di Dubai, incontriamo la ministra della Felicità del governo degli Emirati, e scopriamo gli avvenimenti in mezzo alla migliore musica appena uscita, insieme ad altri capolavori. Tutto questo esplorando da Dubai.


1. TCR – Sleaford Mods
2. Fool – Molly Burch
3. The Clod and the Pebble – Radiation City
4. Cranes in the Sky – Solange
5. Nothing More To Say – Girls Names
6. He Didn’t Mention His Mother – Eleanor Friedberger
7. Guns of Umpqua – Drive-By Truckers
8. Sci Desertico – Verdena
9. Berta Filava – Rino Gaetano
10. Forbidden Fruit – Nina Simone

s07e19 – Passaggio a Dubai – Friendship never ends

Amici e amicizie viste dal deserto attraverso la musica, oggi su Passaggio a Dubai. Da Paolo Conte a Syd Barrett agli EELS, amici che ci sono, amicizie che dovrebbero essere altro e amore infinito.

1. Les Copains d’Abord – Georges Brassens
2. You’ve Got Everything Now – The Smiths
3. Two Of Us – The Beatles
4. Misread – Kings of Convenience
5. Friends of Mine – Adam Green
6. In Grado – Bugo
7. You’re My Best Friend (live) – Queen
8. Just As You Are – Robert Wyatt (feat. Alfreda Benge)
9. Friends – Led Zeppelin
10. Friends of Friends – Hospitality
11. Absent Friends – Divine Comedy
12. ll Nostro Amico Angiolino – Paolo Conte
13. Friendly Ghost – EELS
14. Here I Go – Syd Barrett

s07e17 – Passaggio a Dubai – Interview with Hamed Sinno from Mashrou Leila and Emel Mathlouthi

Today we have an interview with two of the marvellous artists in the Middle East: Hamed Sinno from Mashrou’ Leila and Emel Mathlouthi.

Due meravigliosi artisti tra i più importanti nella scena della musica indipendente in arabo, che ci raccontano il loro processo creativo e ciò che significa essere un artista del Medio Oriente al giorno d’oggi. Eccoci qui con un nuovo show da Dubai su Radio Fragola.

Venite a sentirci qui:

1. Mashrou’ Leila – Bahr (feat. Erik Truffaz)
2. Mashrou’ Leila – Aoede
3. Mashrou’ Leila – Asnam (Idols)
4. Mashrou’ Leila – Fasateen
5. Souad Massi – Ghir Enta (I Only Love You)
6. Emel Mathlouthi – Kelmti Horra (My Word Is Free)
7. Emel Mathlouthi – Houdou’on (Calm)
8. Childish Gambino – Redbone
9. Souad Massi – Denya Wezmen (That’s Life)
10. Grimes – Butterfly (sigla)

Discovering Wasla – Arabic Alternative Music Festival in Dubai – Fri 20 January

We are here with Kareem, one of the organisers of this amazing festival called Wasla, that will bring some of the biggest alternative Arabic music artists to be performing live, as part of this Arabic Alternative Music Festival at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, on Friday January 20th 2017.

Check out the schedule for Wasla!

Bringing some of the most exciting names from the Arabic alternative world together on one stage, the WASLA platform promises to showcase and grow talent from the vibrant emerging music scene across the Middle East and North Africa.

This is an incredible occasion in town to witness all the creativity that goes on in the Middle East.

Passaggio a Dubai: It is great that you are bringing this festival to Dubai, with a mix of artists that come from all over the Middle East. One from Lebanon, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Dubai itself.

Kareem / Wasla: This city is a hub, it really gets people to lose their stereotypes, so people learn not to have judgments on others, because there is such a mixture. With regard to the bands’ provenience, the point is for them to match each other as little as possible. We wanted to give enough of variety, for the youth to sort of relate to the message is being send, and for the youth to see the possibility to invest in their own arts, in their own creativity. If they see Arabs give a beautiful performance, it can inspire them to go back to their garage and get together with their friends and start investing in their creativity.

Passaggio a Dubai: Which is something that may be missing in Dubai

Kareem / Wasla: It lacks the depth in a way.

Passaggio a Dubai: Can you please give us a presentation of the bands and the way they cross each other?

Kareem / Wasla: Sure! One of the headliners is Mashrou’ Leila. They are Lebanese, they are a very unique and experimental band, they use instruments but they combine them with some electronic synths, with their music, and the main perspective they share is an expression of being young in Lebanon, the politics that affect them, the judgement of the older generation that have a more conservative mindset, they are rebellious but at the same time they have a very melancholic, peaceful approach to their music and we think that the younger generation appreciate their style.

On the other side of the spectrum, we have Souad Massi. She was a protest singer from Algeria, and sings of romance too, and what has always been very impressive about her as she rose to fame is her ability as a guitarist and to express herself with a sweet and kind voice.

We have also Neobyrd, he is an Egyptian electronic musician, record producer and House dj, he is 27 I believe. He’s got a very distinctive style – uses 80s synths wave sounds heavy beats so it’s always a good party and we’re closing the party with him so it’s gonna be an awesome party and we can close with positive energy.

We have also got Emel Mathlouthi from Tunisia, she is also a protest singer but she has a very new approach, combining heavy bass beats along with tabla and some oriental sounds, the oud and she has also been trained in opera so it is a very unique experience.

There is also JadaL, I love this band. They are Jordanian, they are a huge band and they are one of the first bands that played real rock in Arabic. Their first hit was called “I’m scared of commitment”, and they reflect the fact of being young and they comment on social issues too.

We have Salhi, the exceptional meeting between the percussionist Imed Alibi, the Sufi singer Mounir Troudi and jazz trumpetist Michel Marretist serves to create a new expression of Bedouin musical heritage, in particular the Salhi which brings together mysticism, poetry, atmospheres of party and trance.

Abri & The Funk Radius were nominated for MTV Europe’s Music Award for Best Middle East Act and they are Hamdan Al-Abri and J Wood and they are awesome.

Passaggio a Dubai: Do you see Dubai growing into a cultural hub in this sense for independent music?

Kareem / Wasla: Dubai and the UAE are having a boom in terms of cultural and artistic development, but I think there is still space. As a team we believe that it is a shame that these artists are recognised outside but they are not celebrated in their own home, and Dubai is the perfect central hub – there are Arabs of all sorts, from the UAE and Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon, where else would be a better place.

Passaggio a Dubai: Do you think that people will come from other places for the festival?

Kareem / Wasla: We already know people are coming from other places. From Egypt, Lebanon, if it’s this powerful this time, the second time around will have an impact on tourism for Dubai, so we have a lot of hope.

Passaggio a Dubai: This is amazing.

Kareem / Wasla: And we have some of the best artists from Dubai , in collaboration with Sound Gaarden, and we are giving them the chance to share their art and we are purposefully having them play in between the acts on the main stage, so that the whole crowd gets the chance to experience their music, so for us and for them it is beneficial.

One of them are called The Losing Party: the lead guitarist is Emirati and the drummer is from Pakistan – instrumental, their own music and super powerful. I’m gonna be working but I’ll take a break to see them play.

In general, to conclude, we are really excited to bring a new depth to the music scene in Dubai.

Passaggio a Dubai: And we’re excited too, thank you Kareem, we can’t wait to be at Wasla.

Wasla Festival will take place at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on Fri 20 January. You can find the tickets at the door or on Virgin Megastore 

S07e15 Passaggio A Dubai – A Cavallo Del Cammello

Benvenuti a una nuova puntata piena di scoperte da Dubai!

Come ogni settimana su Radio Fragola con idee e ispirazioni mediorientali e da tutto il mondo. Questa settimana in compagnia di Ellen Landes che ha organizzato il Cairo Sound Music Festival qui a Dubai. Tanto amore da noi. E la settimana prossima arriviamo presto con altre interviste esclusive alle band! x

1. C’etait pas simple – Anastasia
2. I Dare You – The xx
3. i – Kendrick Lamar
4. Agmal Ma Aandy – Cairokee
5. Mesh fara – Sharmoofers
6. Amm – Massar Egbari
7. Aqua Profunda! – Courtney Barnett
8. Spin, Spin, Spin – Motorpsycho
9. Sur la piste de danse – Laure Briard
10. Qui Nem Giló (Saudade) – Selton
11. Oceano – Fabrizio De André
12. Corpus Christi Carol – Jeff Buckley
13. Help The Aged – Pulp

s07e06 – Passaggio a Dubai – Wonderfull

Amici benvenuti a una nuova puntata davvero piena di musica per portare il sole anche quando è autunno anche dove è notte anche quando avete quel momentino storto Passaggio a Dubai ve lo riaggiusta e vi gonfia anche le gomme della bici. Veniteci a sentire! Nuovo episodio pieno di musica rock per ballare. In streaming e podcast the new sounds of October 2016 with Vincenzo Albano on Radio Fragola:

1. Tell Me – Motorama
2. Reptilia – The Strokes
3. Let’s Go Surfing – The Drums
4. Wonderful – Francobollo
5. Relaxed Lizard – Soft Hair
6. Wonderwall – Oasis
7. Cupid De Locke – Smashing Pumpkins
8. Yard of Blonde Girls – Jeff Buckley
9. You Are The Last Of Your Kind – Rafter
10. Lucien – Young Magic
11. Nature Will Remain – The Dø
12. Grand Affection – Swim Deep
13. Piscine – Francois & The Atlas Mountains
14. Watch You Go By – Ezra Furnan

Amazing events in Dubai – June 2016

A selection of little gems that you can find in town:

This is the calendar of all art, culture, music events in Dubai in June 2016.



passaggio a dubai film alserkal june 2016

Films at A4 Space in Alserkal Avenue

Films at our beloved A4 Space in Alserkal Avenue / www.cinemaakil.com

Venue Directions: here

  • 15/16/17 June 2016 – 9pm
    The Overnighters
  • 22/23/24 June 2016 – 9pm
    Castle In The Sky
  • 29/30 June 2016 – 9pm


Music Dubai live concert dj June 2016

Thomas Gold & Goldfish at Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah

Destination Dawn at Ras Al Khaimah
A 12-hour music festival being held on the beach in RAK
with 2 headlining DJs- Thomas Gold and Goldfish.

Tickets – http://destinationdawn.com/Proceedtocheckout.aspx



art exhibition dubai alserkal june 2016


At Lawrie Shabibi Gallery at Alserkal in Al Quoz

Unseen brings together works by Adel Abidin, Farhad Ahrarnia, Asad Faulwell, Yazan Khalili, Driss Ouadahi, Shahpour Pouyan, Nathaniel Rackowe and Larissa Sansour.




exhibition Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde dubai june 2016

Nada Sehnaoui, ‘Along These Lines’

Nada Sehnaoui until 16 June at
Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde


Two reasons to go to Sharjah:

Exhibition, “Once Upon DESIGN: New Routes for Arabian Heritage”.

At the 1971 Design Space – Sharjah

It’s amazing

exhibition dubai sharjah 1971 space

Takki W Hakki by Think Tank – Image Credit Gulf News

Exhibitions at Barjeel and Maraya Art Foundations


Wednesday, June 15

Thejamjar – 8.30 pm – 9.30 pm: urban and street art

  • Screening of a short preview of eL Seed’s recent work on ‘Perception,’ a large-scale mural in the Zaraeeb neighbourhood in Cairo

Hear from eL Seed about his work on the walls of Cairo, how he plans and executes this type of work and the challenges that come with it. We will also think about the particular challenges and opportunities of taking art outside of the white cube, in terms of both gaining broader access and appeal but also the role of public art.



Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament 2016
06 June – 27 June 2016

Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex
Free Admission

The annual Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament takes place during Ramadan each year and hosts a number of exciting sports. From paddle tennis and archery to volleyball and running, there are many tournaments to attend. Developing the mind and body are integral parts of Ramadan and nothing portrays the height of such self development more than a series of sports tournaments.