A week of what mattered in my world.

Indie Music

Posted on | February 5, 2016 | No Comments

Every week I team up with Adam and Paul at www.triplew.me and we bring the Middle East the music of the week club, well it is the indie music jukebox on DubaiEye, but I call it the music of the week club.

mobile recording

This week is special because some of the bands are collaborating with Red Bull.

Here is the lineup.

Mo Zowayed – ‘I’m Going Away’ 2:54

Ruby Road_Place Where I Belong 3:07

Josh Monteath_Roof Song 3:48

KendaRae_Spotlight (Radio Mix) 4:15

GhaziBalucci_The Man i Looked For

GhaemJozi_you don’t belong here 2:23

Altersal_Come Between 4:40

Of particular interest this week is Mo Zowayed’s recording because Adam managed to do it on his iPhone and used the washroom as the recording studio.

Check out the WC recording of Mo Zowayed.

I am loving Mo’s music!

Here is the entire music of the week show.


Anu Bhardwaj in Conversation

Posted on | January 31, 2016 | No Comments

It is always interesting to sit down with people who have a clear and undistracted view of what they want to do, Anu Bhradwaj is one of those people.

From her own bio on www.thestateofwomen.com.

Before founding Women Investing in Women, Anu Bhardwaj spearheaded the 2010-2013 U.S.Department of Commerce private equity and venture capital Certified Trade Missions to the Nordics and Middle East, representing over $175 billion USD private-equity and venture-capital interests resulting in over $750 Million USD of capital raised in collaboration with the International Trade Administration, the U.S. Embassies in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman. Her client list includes top-tier global private equity, venture capital and fund-of-funds such as Irving Place Capital, Castle Harlan, W.L. Ross, Pegasus Advisors, NEA, Tullis Funds, New Leaf Venture Partners, CHL Partners, Cubera Private Equity, Bertram Capital, Lion Capital, Walden INDIA, Novak Biddle, Alinda Capital, New Atlantic Venture Partners, Top Tier Capital, Pantheon, Pathway Capital, TH Lee and Veronis Schuler Stevenson.


In 2020, it is estimated that women will control $20 Trillion dollars of investable capital which is equivalent to twice the GDP of of India & China combined. Our world is approaching an unprecedented era where women are more connected on social media than men, and in an opportune position to reshape the world with innovations that could lead to a more peaceful and prosperous world. Women INVESTING in Women DIGITAL aims to be the epicenter of this incredible new world by connecting capital with the next generation of women, men, boys, and girls committed to improving global economic security of women & girls worldwide.

Anu’s goal is simple tap the enormous wealth women control to fuel positive investment. And of course if Anu and her organisation can help women invest better and see the possibility beyond the old brick and mortar investments then it is a win-win proposition.

Driven, charming and full of stories of astounding hope Anu and I sat down for a conversation on DubaiEye.

The podcast link. 

Adonis, Just A Great Band!

Posted on | January 24, 2016 | No Comments

Maybe 3 years ago I heard this band for the 1st time, WOW was my reaction.


Then I had the opportunity to meet the band as they recorded a ToneTown session for Nightline’s JukeBox show.

These guys were exactly as you would expect them to be, humble, funny and simply great people.

Well, Adonis has a new album on the way and last week I had a chance to play out their latest release on Nightline.


Here is the offical video to their newest song!

And I am sure there are subtitles becasue as the band knows they have a lot of non-Arabic speaking followers!

And here is the band just having a lot of fun!

Debt! What are you doing.

Posted on | January 18, 2016 | No Comments


Last week on Nightline we had a great conversation about personal debt.

As the price of oil continues to sink it is inevitable that we are all going to have to start to exercise a bit of belt tightening.

But what if you have not been very good at controlling your spending up to this point?

Nightline asked that very question, how well are you doing or how badly are you failing in the world of debt?

Click this link for the podcast of the debt show.

What really grabbed my attention about the conversation was how honest and open people were about their success and failure in the world of debt.

We kicked off the show with a caller telling us he was coming home from the bank with a loan to cover his credit cards, and this was the 2nd time he did this.

It was also interesting to hear a caller talk about how he had done good and was now falling into the debt trap.

And then there was the caller in finance talking about how the system might be stacked against those borrowing!

All is not bad news with debt! If you have patience and self-discipline you can actually make the system work for you.

So what did we learn?

It is easy to get into debt and it is hard to get out. If you are not careful, really careful, you can get yourself into a lot of trouble and that trouble can and will cause you great stress.

So, stay out of debt, start by cutting the credit cards.



Posted on | January 2, 2016 | No Comments

Here it is 2016 and like so many other years it is a great time to think about doing a few things.

Or maybe you just need a mindless break from the noise?

Here are a few links that I looked at this week.

Maybe a novella is in the cards? 30, 000 words of fiction?

FugitiveWaves is a fantastic podcast!

This is a great conversation about Clockwork Orange!

Just great credits, hand coloured!

These are just a few things to get the week started.

Need some cool?

Posted on | December 13, 2015 | No Comments


So, we are always looking for a cool thing or 2 and this post is full of cool things that I want to share.

First up is some Christmas music.  I typically have 3 cds on repeat in the house.

a. Time-Like Cristmas

b. Tony Bennett Christmas

c. Harry Belafonte Christmas

Here is a nice little Christmas collection you are going to want to share.
Cool Christmas Music that Doesn’t Suck


How about this? The Wall Street Journal has rolled out a new magazine called the Future of Everything!

Check out the latest online version. This is a read I do not plan to miss.


And this is just classic.

After I get away from the fire I think every manager needs a reminder of how to do their job well.

Maybe every manager needs a manifesto.

A Manager’s Manifesto

Here is a link to some absolutely amazing photos from Paris, these are 100 year old colour shots. The amazing thing is Paris doesn’t look much different today.

How about a vending machine that gives out stories and not food?

More to come.



Another Week of Tunes

Posted on | December 2, 2015 | No Comments

indie music

On a weekly basis I am surprised by the quantity of excellent music that isn’t getting played on the commercial radio stations in Dubai and beyond.

So, on a weekly basis, to do my part, to bring great music to the airwaves and add a bit of volume to the artistic talent going un-heard I team up with www.triplew.me to bring you the jukebox!

This week was another great show.

And the band that really caught my attention was Vandalye.

Check the band out on Soundcloud!

Clean, crisp, super, this is the music I want to hear playing on the 8 track player in the Jeep!

Here is a fun interview from YouTube!

What did I say great music in Dubai!


More Great Indie Music

Posted on | November 28, 2015 | No Comments


On a weekly basis I get to sit back with Paul and Adam from Triplew.me and listen to some absolutely amazing indie music from across the Middle East.

The Show from last week was great as usual!

But the group that once again stood out and just took over the show was

Mashrou’ Leila

This is the video to the tune we played, love these guys!

Go find them on Soundcloud for a preview of simply great music!

I particularly like this tune!

Nightline and indie music, I am not sure who is lucky me or you?

CreativeMornings @CM_Dubai

Posted on | November 28, 2015 | No Comments


CreativeMornings is simply the best activity I have been involved with in Dubai!

That is a bold statement because I have been here for 16 years and was part of the founding team that organised the 1st TEDxDubai, and that was great.

But CreativeMornings in Dubai brings together a unique blend of community, professional development, ideas and grass roots excitement that has me wanting to organise this event each month.

As I was watching the presentations again I realised how diverse the Dubai community is.

All of the Dubai videos are available online!

Here is our last presentation to give you an idea what CM is all about in case you are in the dark.

Crom was speaking about work and how he has blended passion and tenacity to build a graphic arts and music design career.

And kicking it all off was Marc Stringa, with a great talk about creativity and practical design.

CreativeMornings is a great way to start the 3rd Thursday of every month, check out Mo Rida talking time December 10th!

The Guy Sings My Theme Song!

Posted on | November 20, 2015 | No Comments

I think everyone needs a theme song.

Fortunately I do a weekly radio show with the folks over at Triplew and we get to play out some of the best independent recording artists in the Middle East.

Well over the last 5 years we have played a store full of tunes and there is one tune I keep coming back to by RaSH Radio.

This is the tune, Don’t Stop, that I keep playing over and over and I keep saying that this is the tune that is my theme song it sounds like I dress and feel.

Here is a great interview with RaSH.

Maybe you are interested in hearing the entire show, the other 2 artists this week are also very fun to listen to.

Let me know what you think!

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