Kuwait and Bahrein

The kites, colored with the Kuwait flag, wave in the sky in time with the legendary music rhythms of these lands. The kites, together with the oud chords, will guide us in this music journey that will take its time to hear the fishermen and sea melodies, the Bedouin songs from the desert and the modern rhythms from the cities. We will also discover the seductive music from Bahrain, which is located between two seas, its traditional songs or the renewal of its music folklore with innovative sounds and languages.

KUWAIT
-Ensemble Al Umayri: This band has updated the Kuwaiti sawt genre, a folklore blues music type that became popular in the seventies when the arrival of new sounds and languages and the cultural and ethnic mix took place. The recovery of the traditional music from the sea (bahri) and of those songs sung by the sailors at work (a´mal) and at the end of their working day as a way of entertainment (somar) is at the basis of their compositions.

- Fawzi Al- lengawi: As a descendant of a family of musicians, his passion for the traditional oud started when he was a child. He experimented with this instrument during his youth until he managed to reproduce typical sounds from other genres such as blues, country or gipsy music which led him to create unique melodies. At present, he teaches at the Art Music Institute.

- The culture project band
The Bahrain music, which was originally performed by fishermen in its traditional style, is the focus point of the work of this quartet made up of Kuwaiti musicians that offer live performances. The Eastern music, the piano, the popular rhythms and percussions and the song are the elements that this cultural band puts into play in order to create a new style where Western and Eastern traditional instruments are used. Their music tries to combine both cultures.

- Beduin poets
This Bedouin trio carries out the task to make known the music that emerges from the sand of the Kuwait desert, where instruments such as the rubabah, the oud, the tanbarah or the habban are used. This music band is specialized in the hujaini, a type of melody that brings to the present the love song genre that in the old days the camel riders would sing during their long journeys through the desert as well as the geseed, a type of poetry which advices the young people and adults about life.

- Maram: This young Kuwaiti artist started her career as a singer in 1997. It was during the nineties when new renovative styles emerged in Kuwait. Her fame and popularity spread quickly through the radio and TV stations from all over the Arabic Gulf. She´s the author of six music records and has composed the lyrics of her songs which belong to the pop music genre and are sung in the Kuwaiti dialect.

- Amer  Jaffar: This oud performer, composer and music professor, whose music approach is academic, has travelled around the world studying and learning from  different music genres and languages. As a consequence, his music results in a combination of all these influences from all over the world with the Kuwaiti music. With this fuse he has managed to reach an international audience as well as to participate in different documentaries, tv shows and scene plays.

BAHRAIN

-Salman Zaiman: He was born in a music environment, which lead him to be part of the band Ajras at a very early age, where he could express all his creativity. As a composer and singer, this Bahrain artist leans towards the al-fier, a genre where different instruments such as the percussion and drums have an important role and with whom he has managed to update the folklore of Bahrain and fuse it with modern music. He organizes music festivals and music events for children at schools.

-Ali Bahar: He´s a famous Bahrain musician, very popular for singing in the local dialect. He´s been singer and guitar player of several rock bands and his music influences remind of the music revolution from the sixties and seventies as well as the reggae and jazz genres. The classic guitar and the nehma, a type of traditional song, take part in his compositions too. He has published more than 20 records.

-Khalid Al Shaikh: This singer and composer belongs to the productive school of Bahrain musicians and learned the music art in his country, El Cairo and Egypt. He has taken part in different festivals and conferences and his brilliant talent and his music career has been acknowledged with several awards. His music production is a combination of influences from different Arab genres and his lyrics are written both in the local dialect and in classic Arab.

 

 

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