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OriginDubai, United Arab Emirates
GenresRock, alternative, punk, electronica
Years activeJune 2009–January 2011
Past membersZara Quiroga
Rizal Khan
Eric Quay Evano
Fabrizio 'Fab' Benefazio
Justin Blincoe
Karim El Gamal
Branislav 'Bane' Trkulja

Sho? was a short-lived Dubai-based band, whose music could best be classified as a mixture of rock, alternative, punk and electronica. Made up of expatriates, they were active in the Dubai rock music scene for about eighteen months. They released one internet-only single, entitled Crash (April 2010) and one EP, entitled I Don't Wanna Go (August 2010).[1] Their name was a version of the Arabic word, "Sho", which roughly translates into English as, "What." The band officially announced their dissollution in January 2011.[2]


Sho? was formed in June 2009 by Zara Quiroga and Rizal Khan, who met via an online music forum. Eric Quay Evano (who later joined Borrison Ivy, then Moonshine),[3] Fabrizio 'Fab' Benefazio, Justin Blincoe (who went on to join Colorado-based band Left Foot Green),[4] Karim El Gamal[5] and Branislav 'Bane' Trkulja[6] also served brief stints in the band.[7]

Principle band members[edit]

Zara Quiroga[edit]

Zara Quiroga was the lead vocalist and only female member of the band. Of Portuguese and Spanish descent, she undertook several years of vocal training prior to performing with Sho?. She had also previously appeared as a vocalist on the 2006 album release Project Creation – Dawn On Pyther by Portuguese multi-instrumentalist Hugo Flores.[8]

Rizal Khan[edit]

Khan, born in Malaysia, was the lead guitarist in Sho?. Prior to joining Sho?, Khan performed with the Malaysian bands Dust Components (1995–1997), Burial Ground (1997–1999) and Morphed Assembly[9] (2000).

Musical performances[edit]

Sho? performed regularly at various rock music events in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, such as Metal Asylum,[10] Black Sheep,[11] Rock Nation[12] and Yasalam Beats on the Beach.[13]

Diesel U-Music Tour[edit]

In 2009 Sho? won the Road to Sound City competition, which was judged by Gary Dourdan and Kim Thompson alongside representatives from Diesel, Sennheiser and EMI Arabia. This allowed Sho? to perform on the main stage for the Dubai Sound City festival and to be part of the Diesel U-Music World Tour, which took them to Vienna, Austria in November 2009.[14]

Press coverage[edit]

Articles about Sho? appeared in various UAE newspapers and magazines, such as the Khaleej Times, The National,[15] 7 Days,[16] Gulf News[17] and Rolling Stone Middle East.[18] In February 2010 the band was shortlisted by Dubai's Time Out magazine in the "Best Local Band" category for 2010, and the band members attended the awards ceremony at the Atlantis Hotel.[19] On 5 April 2010, Sho? were featured on the Dubai One TV show Twenty Something.[20] The band broke up less than a year later.[21]


  • Crash – Single (Download only, April 2010)

- This track also appeared on the compilation CD UAE Metal Asylum (July 2010)[22]

  • I Don't Wanna Go – EP (Download and CD, August 2010)

- Contains four tracks: Sho?, Crash, P(h)ride and Winter[23]

  • Acoustic Session (#1) – Recorded for Saturday Extra with John Deykin on Dubai Eye 103.8 (6 March 2010)[24]
  • Acoustic Session (#2) – Recorded for Open Mic with Zahra Soar on Dubai Eye 103.8 (17 April 2010)[25]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-25. Retrieved 2010-10-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) EP review at, 5 August 2010
  2. ^ Khaleej Times news article, 4 January 2011
  3. ^ Gulf News article about Eric Quay Evano, 26 November 2009
  4. ^ Left Foot Green – official website, 11 January 2006
  5. ^ Gulf News article, 1 April 2010
  6. ^ News article at, 23 June 2010
  7. ^ Band biography at, 2010
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-08. Retrieved 2011-01-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Project Creation – Dawn On Pyther album details at, 2006
  9. ^ Morphed Assembly's Myspace page, 21 July 2005
  10. ^ UAE Metal Asylum CD launch – event details, 6 August 2010
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2011-01-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Black Sheep concert details, 17 Dec 2010
  12. ^ Dubai Rock Nation on Facebook, 2008–2011
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-14. Retrieved 2011-01-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Details of Sho?'s performance at Yasalam Beats on the Beach – 7:15pm, 11 Nov 2010
  14. ^ Sho? at, 2010
  15. ^ The National newspaper article, 24 May 2010
  16. ^[permanent dead link] 7 Days news article, 2 Dec 2009
  17. ^ Gulf News article, 17 June 2009
  18. ^!/pages/Rolling-Stone-Middle-East/157367167611088?v=wall Rolling Stone Middle East's Facebook page – see post from 2 January 2010 at 22:05
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2011-01-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) News article at, 2 December 2010
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2011-01-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Dubai One, 'Twenty Something' (Episode #46), archived TV recording
  21. ^ News article at, 3 January 2011
  22. ^ UAE Metal Asylum CD review in Gulf News Xpress newspaper, 29 July 2010
  23. ^ Sho? EP details at, 21 June 2010
  24. ^ Dubai Eye 103.8, archived radio recording
  25. ^ Dubai Eye 103.8, archived radio recording

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