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The Beat DXB: Iraqi-Canadian rapper Narcy to headline live music series

The event features a selection of international and local hip-hop and RnB acts

Iraqi-Canadian rapper Narcy will return to the UAE to showcase his new release Space Time. Mark Horton / WireImage
Iraqi-Canadian rapper Narcy will return to the UAE to showcase his new release Space Time. Mark Horton / WireImage

Canadian-Iraqi rapper Narcy will perform in the next instalment of the live music series The Beat DXB.

Running on March 13 at Dubai’s The Fridge, and hosted by local music personality Big Hass, the event will have Narcy leading a bill of regional hip-hop talent that includes Lebanese DJ Lethal Skillz, Australian-Iranian-soul singer Layla Kardan and fellow Dubai based artist, the Syrian rapper Moh Flow.

All of these acts will hit the stage with new music to showcase.

Narcy, a leading light of the Arab hip-hop scene, will return to the UAE to showcase his new release Space Time.

Released in November, the fifth album has Narcy collaborating with fellow indie-artists, including the Lebanese songstress Yasmine Hamdan and Egyptian rockers Mashrou' Leila. The latter teamed up with Narcy for the album’s first single Time.

Kardan will also drop tunes from her debut album Saved, a savvy collection of songs blending a modern RnB sound with Middle Eastern elements.

“It’s spiritual and poetic with jazzy melodies. I had a lot of time to go inward and reflect and think about the way I wanted to progress and develop in this life and the album reflects that” she told The National in a recent interview.

Check out Kardan’s latest single Goddess.

Meanwhile Moh Flow, a stalwart of UAE's hip-hop scene, will present cuts from his three mixtapes as well as his debut album This Is You, in addition to the new track Dead One. An assured performer, he's clocked up many high profile gigs including last year's DXBeats Festival and 2017's Sole DXB.

Speaking on the origins of The Beat DXB, Big Hass states the third year stems for a desire to provide a platform for regional artists.

“The aim is to support local and regional rising music artists by creating opportunities for them to perform live," he says.

“We started it as underground event in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) in 2013 and it now been marked by the DXB stamp. In less than a year, we did two Dubai editions and we are bringing a new flair to the local music scene.”

The Beat DXB is on March 13 at The Fridge, Al Serkal Avenue, Dubai. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are Dh20 from www.dubai.platinumlist.net and the door.

Updated: February 28, 2019 10:47 AM

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