A royal tribute to the king of pop

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A royal tribute to the king of pop

From the King of Pop to Disney Pop, Dubai Music Week, opened by legendary producer Quincy Jones, will span some of the best-loved modern musical genres — while also giving local talent a chance to crack the big time.

By Adam Zacharias (news@khaleejtimes.com)

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Published: Wed 25 Sep 2013, 12:06 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 11:12 AM

The six-day affair kicked off on Tuesday, with seminar The Michael Jackson Dream Team — offering insights from the production team behind three of the late Jackson’s greatest albums: Off The Wall, Bad and Thriller. Talking to an audience at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the enduring 80-year-old Jones recalled first spending a significant amount of time with Michael Jackson during the recording of 1978 musical film The Wiz. “I tried to get out of doing The Wiz,” recalled Jones, “I don’t know why.” But during the soundtrack’s prerecording, the duo clicked and Jones offered to record Jackson’s solo debut Off the Wall.

“The record company said ‘Quincy’s too jazzy, but Michael was very cooperative,” said Jones. “Michael didn’t really tell me anything before recording though, he would just do his thing.”

Four-night band competition Band Slam also got under way on Tuesday, featuring six acts from the UAE, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. The bands, including the UAE’s four-member rock outfit Nikotin, will play again tonight and tomorrow night.

Other highlights include a seminar with singers-cum-producers Timbaland and Will.i.am on music production tonight alongside Jones, during which they will choose the winner of a separate competition who will score a song and music video deal with Jones and Sony.

They will also perform on Thursday, while former Disney star Selena Gomez will take centre stage on Friday. For a complete schedule of events visit www.dubaimusicweek.com.

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