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The Spring of Culture is in full swing, bringing with it a variety of acts from across the musical spectrum. While there are numerous established artists playing to their medley of fans, there are upcoming stars looking for their breakthrough too.
One such band is Majaz, a progressive fusion folk outfit formed in 2013. Consisting of Zahid Balooshi (Vocals), Salah Sharakhat (Bass), Abdulla Faisal (Percussions), Hameed Al Saeed (Guitar) and Jehad Al Halal (Cello), they will perform at Bahrain Bay on Saturday from 8.30pm, sharing the stage alongside popular Bahraini singer Mo Zowayed.
The group play a mix of original songs and covers, from bands such as Opeth, Red Hot Chili Peppers, System of a Down, and classical Arabic tunes.
Salah explained: “We’re really excited about playing during the Spring of Culture. It’s by far our biggest gig yet and we hope to attract a decent crowd and show what we’re capable of.
“It’s an exciting time for us, as we’ll be releasing our first EP at the gig too. It’s titled Rihla, which means ‘Journey’. We’re hoping to get bigger and better, hopefully with international recognition and some gigs abroad.”
The band is entirely made up of Bahrainis and they rehearse in their own studio, which is a room built at Salah’s house fully adapted with sound proofing and modern recording equipment.