Soul Jam: Alexander O'Neal, Mica Paris, Omar, & Jaki Graham Live in Dubai Soul Jam: Alexander O'Neal, Mica Paris, Omar, & Jaki Graham Live in Dubai Soul Jam: Alexander O'Neal, Mica Paris, Omar, & Jaki Graham Live in Dubai
Soul Jam: Alexander O'Neal, Mica Paris, Omar, & Jaki Graham Live in Dubai
Soul Jam: Alexander O'Neal, Mica Paris, Omar, & Jaki Graham Live in Dubai

Soul Jam: Alexander O'Neal, Mica Paris, Omar, & Jaki Graham Live in Dubai

at The Irish Village | Garhoud

International Artist One-Off Event RnB Jazz Live Music Soul



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Needing to get some more soul back into your life?  

Then The Irish Village has the quintessential line up for you to do just that live on stage on Thursday 5 October 2017.

Soul Jam includes an array of critically acclaimed soul, jazz and R&B artists: Alexander O’Neal, Omar, Jaki Graham and Mica Paris.

Alexander O’Neal
Alexander O’Neal secured his name in the R&B history books with chart smash 'Criticize' lighting up dance floors across the world twenty five years after its release, his sound has transcended generations. 


Originally released in 1987 from his album 'Hearsay' the single recently entered the UK charts once more. Signed by Prince to Warner Records back in the early days as part of 'The Time' his journey in and out of various band formations propelled him to be the solo artist that we best know him for today. 

American born, Alexander O'Neal has created a cult appreciation across the globe. His back catalogue transporting his singles in to the UK and Billboard top tens as well as a triple platinum selling album and ever expanding discography. 

With his heart firmly in the music industry and a loyalty to the thousands that still buy his records, O'Neal's passion to keep his sound alive is ever present.

Omar
Back in 1985, Omar released his first single ‘Mr Postman’ on his father Bryons’ Kongo label, which was also the original home for his first album, which contained the track that changed everything: ‘There’s Nothing Like This’.

This album established Omar as a stand out and unique artist, with ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ hitting the charts, so began a musical chain of events that has continued unabated up to the present day.


The follow up ‘Music’, a vastly more orchestral and organic affair that highlighted Omar’s maturing as a composer, arranger and vocalist.

On the1994’s ‘For Pleasure’ album, this includes some of Omar’s most prolific songs such as ‘Saturday’, ‘Outside’ and the Erykah Badu favourite ‘Little Boy’. He worked alongside the legendary former Motown producers Leon Ware and Lamont Dozier creating this masterpiece of an album.

On ‘97’s ‘This Is Not A Love Song’, this was largely a collaboration with LA-based producer David Frank, he did a great cover of The Stranglers’ ‘Golden Brown’ and got to sing with one of his all-time favourite vocalists, Syreeta Wright on two songs, including the sumptuous slowie ‘Lullaby’. 

By 2001, now well established as the leading icon of the UK’s resurgent soul movement, Omar released his fifth album, ‘Best By Far’, a self-produced album, which he allowed his interest in cinematic soundtracks and jazz to shine through. 

2006 saw the release of ‘Sing (If You Want It)’ which featured contributions from US rapper Common, Angie Stone and U.K. artists Rodney P and Estelle – but his crowning achievement was obtaining the Stevie Wonder duet ‘Feeling You’.

2017’s new release ‘Love In Beats’ is Omars’ 8th studio album and may just be the most diverse and varied to date; incorporating Caribbean rhythms, an undercurrent of funk, with touches of zouk, a jazzy waltz and spoken word.

Jaki Graham
Jaki Graham is a unique entertainer - her down-to-earth approach to life and compassion for others, combined with a powerful and inspirational voice and visual impact on stage, have made her one of the most appealing and enduring Soul entertainers to emerge from the UK.


Jaki made her singing debut at the school’s Christmas talent contest with Michael Jackson’s 'Ben' and won with a clear victory. From then on, it was only a matter of time before she would sign her first record deal.

It took EMI who signed her in 1983 to channel her image and style into the correct direction, to form the soul seductress she is today.

Her single entitled 'What’s the Name of Your Game?' gave Jaki her first TV appearance on the children’s TV programme Crackerjack. Heaven Knows became the title track of her debut album.

'Could it Be I’m Falling In Love?' marked a significant collaboration in Jaki’s career, and is one song that remains a timeless Eighties classic, reaching number five n the British charts in March ’85, her second and last hit duet entitled 'Mated' again received wide critical acclaim.

Radio 1 presenters obviously loved her, as this song never stopped playing on the radio airwaves at that time.

'Round and Around' was long overdue, as this was Jaki’s first successful solo hit and reached number nine in June ’85. When Jaki was finally given the opportunity to take centre stage, there were no holds barred, as her powerful voice, positive energy and radiance were injected in every one of her performances that people couldn’t help but enjoy.

Unlike so many of her 80’s contemporaries, Jaki’s hits have remained fresh, uncomplicated and modern. 'Set Me Free' remains an ageless pop classic to this day after rocketing to number seven in the British charts in May ’86, an anthem of that era.

Breaking Away followed and offered her first location shoot abroad. It also charted at a respectable No.14 in August ‘86. Step Right Up brought Jaki back to her trademark high energy, up tempo pop hits and gave her yet another Top 20 hit in November ‘86.

Her third album with EMI, From Now On was produced in 1987. One track entitled The Better Part of Me was an exceptionally beautiful ballad, with many in the entertainment business convinced that this was Jaki’s first number one, guaranteed!

Jaki achieved a Guinness World Record for being the first black British female solo artist to have six consecutive Top 10 / 20 hits, unheard of by a black British female at that time.

Following years of travelling the world and continuing to constantly perform live, 2009 marked a hectic year for Jaki. After being approached by the BBC to work with the BBC Big Band as part of their Radio 2 special, Jaki had only a couple of months to prepare to perform Gershwin classics, that would finally give her the opportunity to sing Jazz!

Following her Gershwin & Soul concert in October 2009, people were amazed, having not heard her perform in this genre until now, and not even realising that this too was in her repertoire.

As Jaki celebrates over 40 years in the industry, one thing is clear her voice and music remain unforgettable as well as timeless classics. Her life represents so much to so many different people. Her story is an inspiration and her resilience and strength of character gives hope and strength to people worldwide facing similar struggles.

​Mica Paris​
Mica Paris is one of the UK’s most respected female singers with a career full of Top 10 hit singles and albums worldwide. The range, power, and sheer soulfulness of Mica Paris' singing made an immediate impact on the UK music scene in 1988 when she released her debut, platinum-selling album, 'So Good’ from which she had her first top ten hit, 'My One Temptation'.


More worldwide hit albums and singles followed, including 'Black Angel', 'Stay' and 'Carefree,' together with collaborations with respected artists such as David Gilmour, Prince and Jools Holland, before turning her many talents to London’s West End stage starring in Mama I Want To Sing, The Vagina Monologues and Sweet Lorraine.

In 2002 Mica extended her talents into broadcasting and presented 'The Gospel of Gospel', a TV documentary tracing the influence of gospel on American popular music with interviews with Ray Charles, BB King, Al Green, to name a few.

Mica also hosted her own radio show, 'Soul Solutions' for BBC Radio 2 and with an average of a million listeners, it became the most successful soul and R&B show in the UK.

Mica was honoured as an "Icon" at Windsor Castle by the Duke Of Edinburgh, presented ITV’s ‘Christmas Carols’ and has been a special guest of legendary artists such as Dionne Warwick and Michael Bolton, while performing her own incredible solo concerts throughout the world.

Mica Paris releaseed two tracks produced by Guy Barker to celebrate the centenary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth. Both Mica and legendary trumpeter and jazz producer, Guy Barker, have paid a unique tribute to Ella.

Mica has recorded “Imagine My Frustration” and “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” two classics from the Ella Fitzgerald songbook. The level of interest in Mica and these two songs has been remarkable.

The night is set to feature a unique quartet of acts that will bring the house down with their power and magnetising performances.

Timings:
Thursday 5th October 2017 from 9pm until 11pm.
- Doors open at 7pm.

Price:
• AED 175
General Admission

The Irish Village

Garhoud, Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 282 4750
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Age Policy

21+

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Live Music

Alexander O’Neal
Mica Paris
Omar
Jaki Graham

Description


Needing to get some more soul back into your life?  

Then The Irish Village has the quintessential line up for you to do just that live on stage on Thursday 5 October 2017.

Soul Jam includes an array of critically acclaimed soul, jazz and R&B artists: Alexander O’Neal, Omar, Jaki Graham and Mica Paris.

Alexander O’Neal
Alexander O’Neal secured his name in the R&B history books with chart smash 'Criticize' lighting up dance floors across the world twenty five years after its release, his sound has transcended generations. 


Originally released in 1987 from his album 'Hearsay' the single recently entered the UK charts once more. Signed by Prince to Warner Records back in the early days as part of 'The Time' his journey in and out of various band formations propelled him to be the solo artist that we best know him for today. 

American born, Alexander O'Neal has created a cult appreciation across the globe. His back catalogue transporting his singles in to the UK and Billboard top tens as well as a triple platinum selling album and ever expanding discography. 

With his heart firmly in the music industry and a loyalty to the thousands that still buy his records, O'Neal's passion to keep his sound alive is ever present.

Omar
Back in 1985, Omar released his first single ‘Mr Postman’ on his father Bryons’ Kongo label, which was also the original home for his first album, which contained the track that changed everything: ‘There’s Nothing Like This’.

This album established Omar as a stand out and unique artist, with ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ hitting the charts, so began a musical chain of events that has continued unabated up to the present day.


The follow up ‘Music’, a vastly more orchestral and organic affair that highlighted Omar’s maturing as a composer, arranger and vocalist.

On the1994’s ‘For Pleasure’ album, this includes some of Omar’s most prolific songs such as ‘Saturday’, ‘Outside’ and the Erykah Badu favourite ‘Little Boy’. He worked alongside the legendary former Motown producers Leon Ware and Lamont Dozier creating this masterpiece of an album.

On ‘97’s ‘This Is Not A Love Song’, this was largely a collaboration with LA-based producer David Frank, he did a great cover of The Stranglers’ ‘Golden Brown’ and got to sing with one of his all-time favourite vocalists, Syreeta Wright on two songs, including the sumptuous slowie ‘Lullaby’. 

By 2001, now well established as the leading icon of the UK’s resurgent soul movement, Omar released his fifth album, ‘Best By Far’, a self-produced album, which he allowed his interest in cinematic soundtracks and jazz to shine through. 

2006 saw the release of ‘Sing (If You Want It)’ which featured contributions from US rapper Common, Angie Stone and U.K. artists Rodney P and Estelle – but his crowning achievement was obtaining the Stevie Wonder duet ‘Feeling You’.

2017’s new release ‘Love In Beats’ is Omars’ 8th studio album and may just be the most diverse and varied to date; incorporating Caribbean rhythms, an undercurrent of funk, with touches of zouk, a jazzy waltz and spoken word.

Jaki Graham
Jaki Graham is a unique entertainer - her down-to-earth approach to life and compassion for others, combined with a powerful and inspirational voice and visual impact on stage, have made her one of the most appealing and enduring Soul entertainers to emerge from the UK.


Jaki made her singing debut at the school’s Christmas talent contest with Michael Jackson’s 'Ben' and won with a clear victory. From then on, it was only a matter of time before she would sign her first record deal.

It took EMI who signed her in 1983 to channel her image and style into the correct direction, to form the soul seductress she is today.

Her single entitled 'What’s the Name of Your Game?' gave Jaki her first TV appearance on the children’s TV programme Crackerjack. Heaven Knows became the title track of her debut album.

'Could it Be I’m Falling In Love?' marked a significant collaboration in Jaki’s career, and is one song that remains a timeless Eighties classic, reaching number five n the British charts in March ’85, her second and last hit duet entitled 'Mated' again received wide critical acclaim.

Radio 1 presenters obviously loved her, as this song never stopped playing on the radio airwaves at that time.

'Round and Around' was long overdue, as this was Jaki’s first successful solo hit and reached number nine in June ’85. When Jaki was finally given the opportunity to take centre stage, there were no holds barred, as her powerful voice, positive energy and radiance were injected in every one of her performances that people couldn’t help but enjoy.

Unlike so many of her 80’s contemporaries, Jaki’s hits have remained fresh, uncomplicated and modern. 'Set Me Free' remains an ageless pop classic to this day after rocketing to number seven in the British charts in May ’86, an anthem of that era.

Breaking Away followed and offered her first location shoot abroad. It also charted at a respectable No.14 in August ‘86. Step Right Up brought Jaki back to her trademark high energy, up tempo pop hits and gave her yet another Top 20 hit in November ‘86.

Her third album with EMI, From Now On was produced in 1987. One track entitled The Better Part of Me was an exceptionally beautiful ballad, with many in the entertainment business convinced that this was Jaki’s first number one, guaranteed!

Jaki achieved a Guinness World Record for being the first black British female solo artist to have six consecutive Top 10 / 20 hits, unheard of by a black British female at that time.

Following years of travelling the world and continuing to constantly perform live, 2009 marked a hectic year for Jaki. After being approached by the BBC to work with the BBC Big Band as part of their Radio 2 special, Jaki had only a couple of months to prepare to perform Gershwin classics, that would finally give her the opportunity to sing Jazz!

Following her Gershwin & Soul concert in October 2009, people were amazed, having not heard her perform in this genre until now, and not even realising that this too was in her repertoire.

As Jaki celebrates over 40 years in the industry, one thing is clear her voice and music remain unforgettable as well as timeless classics. Her life represents so much to so many different people. Her story is an inspiration and her resilience and strength of character gives hope and strength to people worldwide facing similar struggles.

​Mica Paris​
Mica Paris is one of the UK’s most respected female singers with a career full of Top 10 hit singles and albums worldwide. The range, power, and sheer soulfulness of Mica Paris' singing made an immediate impact on the UK music scene in 1988 when she released her debut, platinum-selling album, 'So Good’ from which she had her first top ten hit, 'My One Temptation'.


More worldwide hit albums and singles followed, including 'Black Angel', 'Stay' and 'Carefree,' together with collaborations with respected artists such as David Gilmour, Prince and Jools Holland, before turning her many talents to London’s West End stage starring in Mama I Want To Sing, The Vagina Monologues and Sweet Lorraine.

In 2002 Mica extended her talents into broadcasting and presented 'The Gospel of Gospel', a TV documentary tracing the influence of gospel on American popular music with interviews with Ray Charles, BB King, Al Green, to name a few.

Mica also hosted her own radio show, 'Soul Solutions' for BBC Radio 2 and with an average of a million listeners, it became the most successful soul and R&B show in the UK.

Mica was honoured as an "Icon" at Windsor Castle by the Duke Of Edinburgh, presented ITV’s ‘Christmas Carols’ and has been a special guest of legendary artists such as Dionne Warwick and Michael Bolton, while performing her own incredible solo concerts throughout the world.

Mica Paris releaseed two tracks produced by Guy Barker to celebrate the centenary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth. Both Mica and legendary trumpeter and jazz producer, Guy Barker, have paid a unique tribute to Ella.

Mica has recorded “Imagine My Frustration” and “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” two classics from the Ella Fitzgerald songbook. The level of interest in Mica and these two songs has been remarkable.

The night is set to feature a unique quartet of acts that will bring the house down with their power and magnetising performances.

Timings:
Thursday 5th October 2017 from 9pm until 11pm.
- Doors open at 7pm.

Price:
• AED 175
General Admission