Soulful music so beautiful it will blow your head off, make your heart explode, and cause your ears to melt. But in a good way! If only Bob Dylan could sing, if only Mozart could have grooved, if only the Beatles had had taken had taken jazz classes. Well, no more "if onlys" needed, ABRI has arrived


MTV Europe Music Awards 08 Nominees ABRI, described as 'the best original band Dubai has ever seen' (Time Out). Their powerful blend of Soul, Jazz and R&B resonates throughout the region.

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 and were then joined by Rami Lakkis and Andre Atherley.

Dodging the conventional trend of musical 'genres', ABRI's music is a harmonious sound created by four musicians with extremely varied musical backgrounds. Hamdan is a UAE national, having been born and raised in the Dubai. The singer's early musical approach was heavily influenced by his father's East African musical background but he has now developed a expressive vocal style that is completely his own.
Julian Symes has been making music at an early age. 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.
Andre Atherley also hails from the UK , where his formative years were spent playing drums in his father's gospel band. He then played in both salsa and reggae bands throughout the years, finally coming to rest in the rhythm of ABRI.

Like Hamdan, bassist Rami Lakkis was also born and raised in the multi-cultural folds of Dubai . Exposure to region's diverse mix of traditional music to Western modern music inspired Rami, and resulted in the development of his unique bass playing skills.

ABRI has been seen performing internationally in the UK at the Vibe Bar, Monkey Chews, Jazz Talent and have performed in Dubai & Bahrain sharing the stage with Kanye West, Mika, Joss Stone, Ziggy Marley, Arrested Development, Fun Loving Criminals, Shaggy & Kelly Rowland.

The band's single, 'A Piece of Yourself' won battle of the beats on the nations biggest radio station, Radio 1 and sold more CDs than any other local band. Their album, Sunchild released in the Middle East on November 1st, 07 was seen in the Virgin Megastore top 20, beating out Justin Timberlake and 50 Cent.

Recently, ABRI recorded their new album at the famous "Fortress Studio" in the UK . Will Davis, the mix engineer who is currently working on the album, had this to say about the band: �It has been a real pleasure working with ABRI��.their inventive compositions are delivered by one of the most exciting vocal talents it has been my privilege to hear�. The highly anticipated cd will be ready for release in early 2009.


Our first CD, "Sunchild" was released in the Middle East, and we released two singles. The video for our second single is currently being shown on MTV Arabia. We have been on heavy rotation on all UAE (especially Dubai) Radio. You can hear us on myspace and Youtube as well.

Set List

Our typical set is between 40 minutes to an hour

A piece of Yourself
Back to the Sun
Three Quarters
Blank Notes
Little Girl
Power Trippin'
last Waltz