Get ready to Jai Ho (1) the night away, as uber-producer – and the man on Lady Gaga’s ‘must work with’ wishlist – AR Rahman is coming to town!
The multi-award winning producer, singer, and songwriter is heading to Dubai to kickstart his world tour on December 9 and fans can expect a souped-up and drama-filled show as he’s teamed up with creative director, Amy Tinkham (2) for the event, which promises to bring the theatrics in spades, along with huge dance and acrobatic numbers, whilst staying true to Rahman’s (3) Indian heritage.
“I’m looking forward to the yodel of E Le Lo from Roja, to the new rocking numbers from Rockstar and of course the magic of the evergreen Dil Se,” said the Oscar-winner (4) about the show.
Having sold out some of the most iconic venues around the world, including the Hollywood Bowl and London’s O2 Arena, Rahman has also regularly entertained crowds of 120,000 in his home country of India.
Set to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival and currently busy composing for Hollywood flick, Welcome to People, starring Olivia Wilde and Chris Pine, AR will be joined in Dubai by percussionist Sivamani; singers Suresh Peters, Neeti Muhan and Shweta Pandit; and Canadian internet sensation, Natalie Di Luccio.
Tickets start from just Dh100, rising to VVIP packages at Dh1,000. Available from Virgin Megastores outlets across the UAE.
1. Even if you’ve not heard of AR, you’re guaranteed to know Jai Ho, the song from Slumdog Millionaire he produced for The Pussycat Dolls back in 2008, which hit the top 10 in charts around the world.
2. Amy Tinkman is the stage design mastermind behind some of the biggest shows from the likes of Britney and Mariah Carey .
3. Rahman is a member of Mick Jagger’s supergroup, SuperHeavy, which also includes Dave Stewart, Joss Stone and Damian Marley.
4. The Danny Boyle- directed Slumdog Millionaire saw Rahman scoop an impressive two Oscars, including Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song.