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MP3 ABRI - Sunchild

Dodging the conventional trend of compartmentalizing music into ‘genres’, ABRI’s music is the harmonious sound created by four musicians with extremely varied musical backgrounds.

12 MP3 Songs
URBAN/R&B: Soul, URBAN/R&B: Neo-Soul

Like the desert sun, ABRI’s music seems to come from all corners; a blended heat that moves the core. With a name that illustrates ABRI’s candid approach - ‘ABRI’ can be translated to everything from ‘open’ to ‘discover’ and ‘begin’ – the Dubai-based band was born when vocalist Hamdan Al Abri met keyboardist Julian Symes in 2005. Within two months, the duo had written enough tracks to produce their first album. Joined by Andre Atherley and Rami Lakkis, ABRI’s debut album, Sunchild showcases 10 of the band’s best tracks, and is designed to take listeners on a musical and lyrical journey, exploring real world issues that face us all.

In live performance, ABRI’s sound is now fleshed out with the addition of bassist Rami Lakkis and Sunchild drummer Andre Atherley. With Rami’s intuitive bass riffs and Andre’s solid drumbeat accompanying Julian and Hamdan’s soulful melody, the sound of ABRI resonates throughout the region.

Dodging the conventional trend of compartmentalizing music into ‘genres’, ABRI’s music is the harmonious sound created by four musicians with extremely varied musical backgrounds. ABRI’s vocalist, Hamdan is a full-time Dubai resident, having been born and raised in the emirate. The singer’s early musical approach was heavily influenced by his father’s East African musical styling, but MTV did much to push him towards new avenues of sound. From fronting a rap/R&B group with friends in high school, to a stint in a rock/experimental band while living in Miami in 2001, Hamdan has now developed a expressive vocal style that is completely his own.

From the age of six, Julian Symes has been making music. Raised in London, England, he produced his first tracks using an old piano and 2 cassette recorders when he was only eleven years old. Julian went on to test new musical waters in funk, bossa nova and jazz piano, in addition to some table time as a DJ in a number of London clubs. In 2004, the talented musician made the move to Dubai, where he resides today.

Andre Atherley also hails from the UK, where his formative years were spent playing drums in his father’s gospel band. With the drums, Andre had found his niche; going on to play in both salsa and reggae bands throughout the years and finally coming to rest in the rhythm of ABRI. Like Hamdan, the band’s latest addition, bassist Rami Lakkis was also born and raised in the multi-cultural folds of Dubai. Exposure to region’s diverse mix of traditional music inspired Rami from an early age, and resulted in the development of his exceptional skill as an electric bass player. Rami has performed in clubs and festivals both in and outside of the UAE., and also composes his own music.

Abri has been seen performing at the Desert Rhythm Festival, sharing the stage with Mika, Joss Stone and Kanye West, in Bahrain with Arrested Development and Fun Loving Criminals. Also, the band has performed in London, receiving a great response at both Monkey Chews in Camdan and Jazz Talent Jam in Chiswick.

The band’s single, ‘A Piece of Yourself’ won battle of the beats on Radio 1 and the cd is now placed in the Virgin MS top 20 charts, beating out artists such as, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Kanye West and 50 Cent.. Their album, Sunchild released in the GCC on November 1st, 2007 .



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