London-born, Doha-based DJ Kinky D shares her views on Qatar’s scene by night.
When I first got invited to Krossroads bar I had no idea what to expect. All I was told was that ‘they sell cheap beverages and have a live band from the Philippines.’ Sounded attractive enough to me…
Based just off the corniche, in the Horizon Manor Hotel, Krossroads should not be confused with Fahrenheit – the other club in the hotel. This is a secret gem. It was almost a full venue when I went on a Monday night with a mixed nationality crowd yet the smiling staff were prompt with their service, always checking if you required another drink, making sure your glass was never empty.
Prices for drinks aren’t bad, costing around QR35-40 and with a happy hour from 5pm-7pm offering 50 percent off. If you’re Qatar Airways crew or staff, it’s even better, as you get 30 percent all throughout the week.
Around the venue are seven large screen TVs showing sports and music videos simultaneously, which is so great for those who wish to watch football while listening to the resident band ‘Soundsation’ perform. While the decor is dated with laminate flooring that looks like it’s in desperate need of being replaced, high tables and chairs are placed all around and a rainbow of colours are projected on the ceiling.
Soundsation have been the resident band for over two years and it’s clear to see why. This eight-piece band and DJ EC performs three sets throughout the evening – from 9pm-10pm, 10.30pm-11.30pm and again from midnight to 1am. They’re perched on a tiny platform, giving the impression that there’s a major party going on on-stage at all times. All the lead singers have good voices and Alan A, the band leader, has an infectious smile and sense of humor that will keep you entertained. Meanwhile, Iyan Mae and Razel take care of the female vocals while on the rhythm section is Yhovs on guitar, Winston on keyboards, Bong on the bass, Joel on drums and Obet on the trumpet.
While I was there, they went on a musical spree of Bob Marley tracks alongside REM ‘Losing My Religion’, Adele ’Someone Like You’ and Corinne Bailey Rae ‘Put Your Record On’. They also take requests throughout the evening so I was thoroughly impressed when my group of friends requested ‘Mambo Number 5’ and DJ EC came to the front and belted it out with his own take on it!
With a good range of drinks, great prices, fun band and attentive staff there is not much to fault. All in all Krossroads bar is a fun night out on any day of the week and should be on your to-do list.
Open daily 5pm-2am. Horizon Manor Hotel, Jabr bin Mohammed Street (4445 5444).
DJ Kinky D has been a DJ since she was young, becoming successful in London and then gigging all over the world from Europe to Asia. She’s now based in Doha where she spins the decks at numerous regular and one-off events, including the Doha Marriott’s Late Brunch, Oryx Rotana’s Jazz Club and The Doha Hustle at Trader Vic’s.
To check out her mixes visit www.mixcloud.com/Kinkyd
From the music vaults
This is what should be on our iPods, says DJ Kinky D
Artist: Pharrell Williams
Album name: GIRL
Release date: Out now
Label: Columbia Records
After being involved with two of the biggest club smashes of 2013 - Daft Punk ‘Get Lucky’ and Robin Thicke ‘Blurred Lines’- I was expecting big things from Pharrell. The first release from the album ‘Happy’ is still doing the rounds and it is also the on the soundtrack for the movie ‘Despicable Me 2’. This was a good tune with its vintage feel. But it would seem that Pharrell has heavily decided to rely on his own singing talent for the album and that is where the GIRL falls down, seeing that he’s a much better producer than he is a vocal talent.
Artist: James Ingram featuring Michael McDonald
Track name: Yah Mo B There
Released date: December 1983
Label: Qwest Records, Warner Bros.
‘Yah Mo B There’ by James Ingram featuring Michael McDonald (formerly of ‘The Doobie Brothers’) was written alongside Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones. Released in 1983 from Ingram’s album ‘It’s Your Night’ this R&B track made it to number five in the US Billboard Chart but only number 44 in the UK Singles Chart. This tune is a classic track from the ‘80s incorporating haunting vocals from McDonald and Ingram with a catchy sing-along chorus. A must addition for any serious soul/R&B collector.