What do you listen to on your way to work or school? A favourite band or singer, the radio’s top 10, a podcast? These are all great, but if you’re looking for a change and something a bit more local – check out these Bahrain-based musicians who share their music online and do live gigs!
Let’s appreciate the immense talent and considerable effort of these musicians:
Majaz is an earthy 4-piece progressive fusion folk band that has been performing live for several years and released their first single in October 2016.
The band name’s symbolism refers to the critique of audiences around the world that have been born in the digital age; where the term “like” has been redefined to an unconscious decision of interest. The band constantly plays shows throughout the year in Bahrain.
Mo Zowayed (@mozowayed)
Singer-songwriter Mo has become quite largely known on the island for his soulful, funky music with a hint of folk. He has become a crowd favourite, and has performed live at hundreds of events and made appearances on local tv and radio.
Local rapper and RnB artist Ashwin Shenoy, more popularly known as Xenai creates music that he feels represents a different side of himself. He has produced and released numerous original songs and does live performances, one of which takes place this Friday at Wagalag.
Mission to the Moon (@missiontothemoonmusic)
Formed during the pandemic, this young local alternative band’s first song gained a lot of attention on social media – and rightfully so. They’re original, hip, and ready to shoot for the moon. They’re performing live at Al Riwaq this Friday at 8pm!
Eman Haddad (@emanhaddadmusic)
Eman is a Bahraini singer with an undoubtfully angelic voice. She’s most known for singing and playing the guitar. She also plays the flute.
Jackrabbit Slims (@jackrabbit.slims)
Jackrabbit Slims dynamic band with lot of funk. You might have come across this band at popular events on the island such as Jazz Fest, Bahrain Rocks, and MuseNight.
Another popular local band that you might have seen performing at Rainforest Lounge, Dilmun Club, F1 Village, and more!
Motör Militia (@motormilitiabh)
This one’s for the metalheads. Bahraini thrash metal band, Motör Militia, formed in 2001 and has been rockin’ around since. They are the first Middle Eastern metal band to release a full-length studio album. Their two prominent works include “Cloaked in Darkness” released in 2011 and “The Sound of Violence” released in 2004.
7MND is a guitarist/producer from Bahrain, interested in a variety of musical styles, specifically metal and progressive metal. He plays gutar for the band @wazinmusic, which is also Bahrain and Kuwait-based.