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Abu Dhabi Tempo Magazine (Issue 8)


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Abu Dhabi Tempo Magazine (Issue 8)

  1. 1. Free bi-WeeKLY iSSUe FUN | FAMILY | FOOD | FRIENDSHIP | FASHION | FITNESS D the rhythm of your city A P R I L 16 - 3 0 , 2 010 A010 OM I 2 WU AB DH g ee e AB uide fr sid e lrian in b o nita s n am d Hu ar n awtow in t LocaL Pianis es ym k Prodigrk! a her ma (see page 9) ABU DHABI Free YOur Summer hAir CAre ClAssICs Abu DhAbi sHOWCAse MAgIC Of tHe OperA GuiDe inSiDe! Pull Out GuiDe!
  2. 2. VOLUME 8 | APRIL 16-30, 2010 th e r h y th m o f your city in this issue hello Abu Dhabi, Once again the city will reverberate with the sound of international music as performers from all over the globe converge on Abu Dhabi for WOMAD 2010. I remember seeing WOMAD over a decade ago in Marymoor Park in Seattle, and 4 Your Say I can tell you it was great fun over there, and its totally cool over here as well. Definitely a coup for our fair city! This WOMAD will feature rising stars from the 5 Shop Call 5 ShopCall local scene like ABRI, to international ones like Hanggai and LeTrio Joubran. Audiences will be regaled by music from Spain, Algeria, Iraq, UAE, India, Burundi, 6 What’s Hot in Abu Dhabi US, France, Mali, Sudan, Egypt, China, Nigeria, UK and Pakistan. What a line-up: One World, One Rhythm. For those classical music afficionados, there’s Venice’s 8 Movie Watch legendary Teatro La Fenice in Abu Dhabi Classics, which will unleash the magic of Italian romantic composer Giuseppe Verdi in full orchestra and with renowned 9 My Abu Dhabi soloists. 10 My Fave Recipe The next two weeks are packed with memorable performances so keep your daily planner aside, put on your dancing shoes and head to Abu Dhabi Corniche 11 City Bites to join the party! Kindness to all, 12 People Meter & Meet your Neighbour 13 Making a Difference 14 Handy Helper Media Licence No. 1/105866/24295 15 Workitude Editor: Sana Bagersh, Editorial Coordinator: Kulsoom Zakir, Magazine Designer: Praveen Prabhakaran, Website Designer: Rizwan Pervaiz, Marketing Coordinator: 16 Alive & Kicking Imran Nawaz & Ahmad Al-Dajani, Production Coordinator : Joel Flores Editorial Contributors: Aicha Diop, Samantha Davis and Randy Parker. 17 Beat with Aich Disclaimer: Tempo is a publication of BrandMoxie. Although Tempo Magazine does its best to ensure the authenticity and accuracy of its contents, the publisher cannot accept any 18 My Style Blueprint responsibility for errors, mistakes and inaccuracies. The publisher reserves the rights of this product and no part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any 19 Trendsetter means without the permission of the publisher. Address: 20 On the Beaten Path & Arablish To reach editorial at Abu Dhabi Tempo email: To reach advertising call 02 6673349 or email: If you need to find out where you can pick up your copy call: 02 6673349 or check out the 21 Funny thing about Life list of Tempo distribution points on our website. Join us at: 22 Culture Talk Would you like to be a community reporter for, search for Abu Dhabi Tempo Abu Dhabi Tempo? Email us: 23 Um Ayman & Yank in Sand Land 24 Lifecoach 25 Home Smart To advertise in Abu Dhabi Tempo magazine or the website:, call 02 6673349 26 Classifieds 27 Tempo Fun Page Published by: Please recycle this magazine: locations include Spinneys, Al Mamoura Building and behind Riyada Clinic.
  3. 3. Yoursay shopping for Health? Dear Editor, TeCH Special Golf packages at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Park Inn I eagerly wait for your movie reviews every month. Life is so busy these days that you can’t watch every single film SPeCS With the new Yas Links Golf Course due to open on Yas Island, there’s never been a better time to treat yourself to a round of golf or try out the new course with ‘play away’ packages offered by Radisson Blu which comes out so it saves a lot of time Hotel and Park Inn, which will last till 1st September of this year. These to have ‘fan-favourite’ movies hand picked packages allow you to test your skills on this Championship golf course This month, AMD announces the whilst combining it with a weekend of rest and relaxation. Make sure and reviewed in the magazine. Keep up availability of a new server platform Left to right: Massimiliano Simoni, President of the Puccini Festival you book your weekend now by contacting Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu the good work! featuring the world’s first 8- and 12-core Foundation, H.E. Paolo Dionisi, Italian ambassador to the UAE, H.E. Hoda Dhabi Yas Island on 02 656 2000 or for Park Inn Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Alice in movie-land Al Khamis Kanoo, Founder and Artistic Director of the x86 processor for the high-volume 2P and contact 02 656 2222. Abu Dhabi Festival and Mr Mohamed A L Kanoo value 4P server market in UAE. The AMD Note: For those couples who can never agree on anything, the hotels Opteron™ 6000 Series platform promises RAiSiNg THe BAR Dear Editor, have come up with a package to suit both parties; it includes a day on to address the unique performance needs the course for one and a day in the spa for the other. Now all you have I loved your review of the Emirati of server customers today. If you worry to do is decide who gets what. Good luck guys! restaurants in the last issue. Quite about workload-specific performance, emirati wins Puccini Award: On March 27th H.E. Hoda Al Khamis- frankly, I have lived in Abu Dhabi for six power efficiency, cost of cores and Kanoo, Founder and Artistic Director of the Abu Dhabi Festival 2010, years and have never tasted authentic received the prestigious Puccini International Award from Massimiliano memory issues then AMD might be the Emirati food. Changing tracks, I visited Simoni, President of the Puccini Festival Foundation at the opening answer to your prayers. Leading OEMs the Officer’s Club to take a sneek peek night of the Puccini Festival Opera’s production of La Bohème, at the including HP, Dell, Acer Group, Cray, and SGI Emirates Palace. The Puccini International Award was founded in 1971 are introducing new systems based on this at the sculptures being prepared to be and is awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to displayed all around Abu Dhabi and promoting the life and work of Puccini. Previous honourees include highly scalable and reliable platform. What I must say, I feel in love with some of luminaries of the opera world such as Maria Chiara and José Carreras. do you say Dhabi tech geeks? Will this one A recent recipient of the Commander of the Order of the Star of blow the fuse on the competition? the designs. I am an art major turned Italian Solidarity, one of Italy’s highest honors, Mrs. Kanoo collaborates housewife and seeing those pieces makes extensively with the Italian Embassy in advancing cultural exchanges me want to take up my old hobby again. and mutual understanding between the UAE and Italy. Thanks to all the artists. Good job! international Calligraphy Competition: Early this month ADACH mrs. hendricks announced it’s support for the 8th International Calligraphy play the DJ of the Day! Competition, which is organized by the International Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), dedicated to the memory of renowned master of calligraphy the late Syrian Badawi al-Dirani. 17 Apr, Centro on Yas Island H. E. Mohammed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei, Director General for ADACH, said: Now’s the chance to reveal your jamming DJ skills to the world! “The purpose of supporting this international competition is to revive Okay, maybe not the world but to a significant music-loving, @princeabbas2000: nice..i believe Tony Hawk party-diggin’ assortment of residents and tourists in Abu and encourage the development of classical Islamic calligraphy. Our was there too? :) Tempo RT:Hugh Grant at Abu Dhabi. That’s right; for an entry fee of just AED 100 per aim is to encourage artists of Islamic calligraphy to produce works Dhabi Laureus Awards 2010 person, Centro will provide you with a DJ station. Simply within the framework of the traditional spirit and rules of Islamic pQmTZmerm98?a Calligraphy and to protect it from trends that have emerged outside bring your choice of music and get the party started. @AyahuascaDreams: I have EX family in Abu Dhabi of these principles. This attempt will provide a common platform to all And if you’re really good, then there are lots of prizes and Dubi and both places are wonderful! I’m Muslim calligraphers to exchange their knowledge and approaches, to be won. going to check out the magazine! and enable the development of mutually artistic standards by Muslims all over the world.” What’s more, you also get to have @lee_becker: Abu Dhabi is the place to be every month! #AbuDhabi #UAE your own barbecue by the pool This is the 8th competition, which began in March 2009, that covers and plenty of popcorn to keep the 10 types of Arabic calligraphy. The types are as follows: Jaly Thuluth; normal Thuluth; Naskh; Taliq Jaly; Taliq (Nastaliq); Diwani Jaly; Diwani; party going. For more information, We'd love to hear from you. Write to us at Kufi; Riqaa; and Maghribi, according to Abdulla Al Ameri, Director of contact 02-656 4444 Culture and Arts Department, ADACH. 4 5 Tempo April 2010
  4. 4. What's y d tr ire Thursday 22ndApril 2010 Hot qu En Re ee ts ke Fr Abu Dhabi Corniche Tic No Children’s Additional performances are as much a spectacle of dance as music. With Time North Stage South Stage Trispan Tent Workshops Activities in Abu Dhabi tremendous energy, dancing with as much skill, expressiveness, 18.00 WOmAD event Schedule 22nd April and thunderous excitement as they drum, the drummers leap, TAKING SHAPE & DOT TO DOT UK UK (18.00 – 19.30) twist and spin around a crescent of great log drums, made from 19.00 DRUMMERS OF BURUNDI BABYLON CIRCUS Opening Procession (19.15 – 19.35) (Taste The World) THE MORA BROTHERS Cuba hollowed-out tree trunks covered with dried animal skins. CHILDREN PERFORMANCE France & SHONA WATT UK (19.40 – 20.10) (19.10 – 20.10) (19.15 – 20.15) Womad 2010 20.00 HANGGAI Faiz Ali Faiz (Pakistan) China (20.20 – 21.00) DUBAI DRUMS (Family Drum Circle) UAE TAKING SHAPE & DOT TO DOT (20.30 – 21.00) 21.00 Faiz Ali Faiz is one of the torchbearers of a tradition that goes LE TRIO JOUBRAN AMARITA VARGAS (Workshop) 22-24 apr, corniche Beach UK UK Palestine Spain (20.30 – 22.00) (21.05 – 21.45) (21.05 – 21.45) back over 700 years, the tradition of Qawwali, the devotional FAIZ ALI FAIZ & TITI ROBIN 22.00 Pakistan France THE BROWN MONKEYS WOMAD is back! 37 music acts from around the world will music of the Sufis of Pakistan and India. Faiz Ali Faiz’s ecstatically (21.50 – 22.35) (Graffiti Wall) UAE RANGO perform on Abu Dhabi shores and regale a multi-cultural soaring vocal style and daring fusions transcend cultural, 23.00 BABYLON CIRCUS France (Taste The World) (Throughout Festival) (22.40 – 23.30) Sudan / Egypt audience with global tunes. Here is a brief history of some language and religious barriers and bring the devotional but (22.40 – 23.40) WASEL SAFRAN y d FEMI KUTI (Live Art on Site) tr ire of the artists performing in the festival, alongside a series of vibrant vocal music of the Sufi mystics of the Islamic religion to Nigeria Friday 23rdApril 2010 00.00 UAE qu (23.35 – 00.25) En (Throughout Festival) workshops and other activities to be held along the Corniche: Re the world. Drawing on a rich vein of poetic imagery, Faiz Ali Faiz TRANSGLOBAL UNDERGROUND ee HAKIM ts Egypt (Workshop) ke adds a twist to his music with an inspired fusion of Qawwali’s Fr Abu Dhabi Corniche 01.00 (00.30 – 01.30) UK Tic (00.30 – 01.30) Amparo Sánchez (Spain) traditional notes and scales and the harmonies of Flamenco No Spanish singer Amparo Sánchez has touched many audiences music, creating a rich, inspirational blend, enhanced by the with her ability to mix different cultures and types of traditional Children’s Additional folklore songs with Dub, Reggae, Ska, Rumba, Bolero, Jazz, contrast between the two musical styles. Time North Stage South Stage Trispan Tent Workshops Activities Follow us on: Cumbia and other musical styles. Amparo has collaborated 18.00 WOmAD event Schedule 23rd April with a number of different types of artist, including French titi robin (France) TAKING SHAPE & DOT TO DOT UK UK singer and musician, Manu Chao. Thierry “Titi” Robin, is a self-taught musician who has created a 19.00 (18.00 – 19.30) DUBAI DRUMS (Family Drum Circle) THE ZAWOSE FAMILY THE MORA BROTHERS UAE RANGO musical world for himself by instinctively assimilating elements Sudan / Egypt (Taste The World) Tanzania Cuba & SHONA WATT (19.00 – 19.45) (19.15 – 20.10) UK (19.10 – 20.10) Debashish bhattacharya (india) in response to his need to express himself. His distinctive, 20.00 (19.15 – 20.15) ABRI One of the world’s most talented and remarkable slide culture-crossing sound blends elements of Oriental and UAE DEBASHISH BATTACHARYA (Workshop) DUBAI DRUMS (Family Drum Circle) UAE (20.20 – 21.10) India TAKING SHAPE & DOT TO DOT guitarists, Debashish Bhattacharya, continues a thousand Andalucian music, mixing melodic improvisations and light- 21.00 (20.30 – 21.15) UK UK (20.30 – 21.15) CHEMIRANI’S (20.30 – 22.00) year old tradition of music, taking his audience on a dazzling hearted rhythmical duels. He brilliantly combines Flamenco Iran / France (21.15 – 22.05) musical journey laced with multi-dimensional intrigue, guitar with Arabic oud and the dance music of Rajasthan’s 22.00 TRANSGLOBAL UNDERGROUND TITI ROBIN (Taste The World) THE BROWN MONKEYS (Graffiti Wall) hypnotic patterns and stunning rhythms. UK France UAE snake charmers to create a unique sound, drawing a personal (22.10 – 23.00) (22.00 – 23.00) (Throughout Festival) 23.00 musical vision from a mosaic of artists from Northern India to SIERRA MAESTRA tinariwen (mali) Cuba WASEL SAFRAN y d (23.05 – 00.05) tr (Live Art on Site) ire Andalusia, via the Balkans. Saturday 24thApril 2010 Tinariwen is a band of Touareg musicians from the Sahara 00.00 ABRI (Workshop) UAE qu En UAE (Throughout Festival) Re RACHID TAHA Desert region of northern Mali in Africa. Formed in 1979, they Algeria / France (00.00 – 00.45) ee ts hanggai (China) (00.10 – 01.10) ke Fr Abu Dhabi Corniche rose to prominence as the icons of a whole generation of young 01.00 Tic Touareg living in exile in Algeria and Libya. They have become Hanggai, a group of young musicians from Beijing and the No one of the most successful African groups in the world, singing Chinese province of Inner Mongolia have attracted quite about the suffering and exile of their people and about the Children’s Additional beauty of their desert home. a following in recent years with their interpretations of Time North Stage South Stage Trispan Tent Workshops Activities traditional songs from the grasslands. Follow us on: DUBAI DRUMS PROCESSION UAE & 18.00 PROCESSION ALL ZAWOSE FAMILY PROCESSION Tanzania WOmAD event Schedule 24th April (18.00 – 18.30) (18.00 – 18.30) DEBASHISH BATTACHARYA babylon Circus (France) rango (Sudan/egypt) India (18.30 – 19.05) TAKING SHAPE UK & DOT TO DOT UK 19.00 & MALARKY UK (18.45 – 19.30) An on-stage carnival procession, the surrealistic French AMPARO SÁNCHEZ CHEMIRANI'S Rango is fascinating collective of musicians and dancers who Spain (Taste The World) THE MORA BROTHERS Cuba & SHONA WATT & DOT TO DOT Ska/Reggae punksters, Babylon Circus, carry a message of (19.10 – 20.00) Iran / France (19.10 – 20.10) UK UK take their name from an historic and extremely rare type of 20.00 (19.15 – 20.15) optimism in the style of musical warriors. These sonic rebels MAYRA ANDRADE “marimba” the “rango” Based in Cairo, they perform trance- . Cape Verde DUBAI DRUMS (Family Drum Circle) use the power of the microphone to provide an alternative (20.20 – 21.05) UAE view of reality. Their music is also a call to put your ‘wallflower’ inducing Sudanese acoustic dance music, originating from 21.00 TINARIWEN COLLABORAITON Mali AMARITA VARGAS (20.30 – 21.15) WITH MEHDI & TV ON THE RADIO (Workshop) days behind and join in the sonic madness led by the band’s traditional ceremonies played on vintage lyres retro-fitted with Algeria USA (21.10 – 22.00) Spain (21.10 – 22.00) TAKING SHAPE & MALARKY 22.00 energetic stage antics. electric pick-ups and accompanied by drummers and ritual HABIB KOITÉ UK UK THE BROWN MONKEYS (Graffiti Wall) (20.30 – 22.00) Mali UAE percussionists wearing ‘mangor’ belts fashioned from goat (22.05 – 23.05) (Throughout Festival) 23.00 horns. DAMIAN 'JR GONG' MARLEY HANGGAI (Workshop) Jamaica China WASEL SAFRAN the Drummers of burundi (burundi) 00.00 (23.10 – 00.10) (23.10 – 00.00) (Live Art on Site) UAE The Drummers of Burundi first took the UK by storm at For more reviews of performing artists, flip over DRUMMERS OF BURUNDI Closing Procession (00.15 – 00.30) (Throughout Festival) the legendary inaugural WOMAD Festival in 1982. Their to The Beat with DJ Aich. 01.00 6 Tempo April 2010
  5. 5. magic of the Opera 18 Apr, Emirates Palace movie Myabu dHabi Abu Dhabi Classics continues to weave its magic as the heart of two of Verdi’s most powerful dramatic and moving operas, “La Traviata” and “Rigoletto” are scheduled to be performed watcH Young and talented, Fatima Hussain Al t: Do you wish to play any other musical instruments? Hashemi is a star performer of the Abu Dhabi F: I want to play the violin masterfully and I even took by the orchestra of Venice’s legendary Teatro La Fenice, with Festival 2010. She chats with Tempo and gives some violin courses in the university but I prefer to play a line-up of soloists including some of the most beautiful us a rare insight into what it takes to be an Paper man piano. voices of our day: Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze, Russian Emirati musical prodigy. Releasing April 23: A once-successful mezzo-soprano Julia Gertseva, Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas novelist (Jeff Daniels), constantly attended t: Who is your favorite pianist of our time and why? and Italian baritone Franco Vassallo. by the imaginary superhero who has tempo: Tell us a little bit about yourself. been his pal since he was a kid, struggles F: Well, there are many excellent pianists in our time and to recover what made him great while Fatima Al hashemi: I am 24 years old and was born in each of them has a special mannerism which influences be noble watching his marriage fail. He derives some inspiration from his platonic friendship with Abu Dhabi. I have one sister and two brothers and I am the their performance and adds that special magic to it. 24 Apr, Emirates Palace eldest. a Cape Cod high-school girl. t: If you could play with them one day, which symphony Another award ceremony is coming to town but it’s not t: At what age did you discover your talent? Where your would you chose and why? for sports or movies. Don’t be disappointed though! This the backup Plan parents supportive of your decision to learn music? time around it’s for a good cause. The Noble Humanitarian F: I would like to play Chopin’s piano concerto no.1 with Releasing April 23: After years of dating, Zoe F: I was enrolled in music school very early on in my life so a professional orchestra one day, but my dream is to be a Awards Middle East is an annual event which recognizes the (Jennifer Lopez) has decided waiting for the right one is taking too long. Determined that I would explore my talent. Initially, I began playing the conductor of such an orchestra. achievements of regional philanthropic organizations and accordion and I often took it home to practice. Eventually to become a mother, she commits to a for the first time, it’s heading towards Abu Dhabi city. plan, makes an appointment and decides t: How was it like performing for the Abu Dhabi Festival my parents and other family members noticed my flare to go it alone. On the day of her artificial 2010 in front of all those dignitaries? for performance and my grasp of musical notes. They have “The awards strives to honor the celebrities who use their insemination, Zoe meets Stan (Alex O’Loughlin) – a man with real possibilities. since tried to support me in all that I do. F: It was my pleasure to play in the Abu Dhabi Festival platform to create awareness, build knowledge and go above Only to discover that her life is about to 2010 but it was not my first performance in front of large and beyond by investing themselves in the charities they shift into hyper-drive. t: Tell us a little about the discipline involved in excelling audiences. I have performed in many concerts in Abu support.” Janeen mansour, Founder of The Noble Awards as a professional pianist. What is your daily schedule like? Dhabi, Dubai, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah. Furry Vengeance F: At the beginning, I was studying with a private teacher, The charity organizations among this year’s honourees are: t: Many youngsters today find it hard to juggle studies Releasing April 30: Furry Vengeance is a Mr. Sultan Al Khateeb. He mentored me during those Nahtam, The Dubai Autism Centre, Dubai Cares, Friends live action family comedy starring Brendan and musical training. What would be your advice to them? initial years. After that I decided to take it to the next level Fraser, in which an ambitious young real of Cancer Patients Society, Zayed Higher Organization for estate developer, Dan Sanders, faces off and enrolled in the International Music Institute for two F: If you love something enough, you always find time for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs, Gulf for Good, Life with a band of angry animals when his years and currently I am nearing the completion of the it. It should never become too difficult to maintain a love for Relief & Development, and Make-A-Wish Foundation. new housing subdivision pushes too last level (grade 8), hoping to get a diploma from UK. I for music. far into a pristine part of the wilderness. also take musical training lessons from Mr. Martin Hrsel The awards trophy is designed by Hollywood star, Antonio Led by an incredibly clever raccoon, the Banderas with contributions from kids from some of the animals stymie the development and through the music center in Ministry of Culture, Youth and teach our hero about the environmental Community Development. My participation in the first philanthropic organizations he works with. Regional and consequences of man’s encroachment on UAE International Chopin Competition 2010 bagged me international artists are converging to the capital to perform nature. Watch this one with kids! the second prize and a plane ticket along with a 2-day for the gala event. Look up the above mentioned charities hotel accommodation enabling me to take part in the and see how you can contribute. i love you Phillip morris competition in Kuwait (First Gulf International Chopin Releasing April 30: When a local Texas Competition) where I got the best Emirati pianist prize and policeman, Steve Russell (Jim Carrey), turns distinction award. I must say, with these awards and all the to cons and fraud to allow him to change accolade, I feel that my practicing has really paid off. his lifestyle (in more ways than one), his subsequent stay in the state penitentiary t: How do you cope up with the pressure of studies and results in his meeting the love of his life, a sensitive fellow inmate named Phillip training lessons? Morris (Ewan McGregor). What ensues can only be described as a relentless quest as F: I am studying in the UAE University. My major is Russell attempts escape after escape and Architectural Engineering. Trust me, it takes a lot of work executes con after con, all in the name of to keep on top my game in both these areas of my life. The love. whole week, I stay in my hostel in Al Ain, keep practicing both music and try and maintain good grades. While on harry brown weekends, I return back to Abu Dhabi, so I am never out of Releasing April 30: Starring Michael touch with my music. Infact, in the break time between my Caine, Emily Mortimer, Iain Glen, Liam classes, I often practice my training lesson pieces. Cunningham and Amy Stee, the movie is about a vigilante in an “urban western” t: What do you like to do in your free time? Do you have setting. The movie will focus on Caine’s character, who dispenses vigilante justice other music related hobbies? in a crime-infested neighborhood after his F: Playing piano is at the top of my list, always! (Laughs) I best friend is killed. also enjoy drawing and painting. My sister and my brother r of The Noble Awards love playing the piano too! Janeen mansour, Founde 8 9 Tempo April 2010