Acclaimed musical acts representing diverse cultures are headlining this year’s music festival
When? October 9-14 Every year for the past 23 years, Bahrain’s Ministry of Culture has organised the Bahrain Music Festival and this year is set to be more exciting than ever. With a showcase of musical innovators from around the world, indulge in diverse sounds from classic orchestra to spiritual Sufi to modern pop.
Leona Lewis When? October 9, 8pm What? Pop concert Where? Bahrain National Theatre Tickets? Available at Virgin Megastore in Bahrain City Centre Multi-platinum and award-winning singer-songwriter Leona Lewis has won over the hearts of millions of fans globally and is now coming to steal ours too. The former X-Factor UK winner has had eight Top 5 hits making her more successful than any other British female artist to date. www.leonalewismusic.com
Anoushka Shankar When? October 10, 8pm What? An evening of Indian classical ragas Where? Cultural Hall, near Bahrain National Museum Tickets? Free
Renowned sitar player and composer, Anoushka Shankar, was introduced to Indian classical traditions at the tender age of nine by her father, the legendary Ravi Shankar. Since her twenties, she has thrived as a composer uniquely merging Indian music with a variety of other genres such as flamenco, jazz, electronic and Western classical. She also has three Grammy awards under her belt, alongside a host of other significant global accolades. www.anoushkashankar.com
Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin When? October 11, 8pm What? Classical orchestra Where? Cultural Hall near Bahrain National Museum Tickets? Free
This decade-long cooperation between the Vienna and Berlin philharmonic orchestras has created a refined classical sound that’s been ranked among the very best in the world. These two classical giants first came together under the initiative of famed English conductor Sir Simon Rattle as he wished to conduct a common concert of both orchestra for his 50th birthday. The result was so successful; The Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin was born.
Aicha Redouane When? October 12, 8pm What? Sufi Where? Cultural Hall, near Bahrain National Museum Tickets? Free
The Moroccan-born French-raised singer has mastered several music genres over the years of her career from Berber to jazz and blues to classic Arabic tarab. Aicha first began practising traditional folk songs as a child with her grandmother in a village in the Atlas Mountains, and since then has been touring around the world with Lebanese musician Habib Yammine. The pair have become particularly famous for their renditions of famous Sufi spirit poems and have produced several albums within the genre.
Bastian Baker When? October 13, 8pm What? Pop/folk/rock concert Where? Cultural Hall, near Bahrain National Museum Tickets? Free Swiss singer Bastian Baker started his career as a 15-year-old armed with just a guitar and a pen. In 2011, his first single ‘Lucky’ charted in Switzerland and musical big-wigs started taking notice of his eclectic pop-folk style. Soon after, he released his debut album ‘Tomorrow May Not Be Better’ and established himself as a rising young pop star. Since then, Bastian has toured around the world and opened for legends such as Elton John and Bryan Adams. www.bastianbaker.com
Macadi Nahhas When? October 14, 8pm What? World music/fusion concert Where? Cultural Hall, near Bahrain National Museum Tickets? Free
Jordanian singer Micadi Nahhas has beautifully blended classical and traditional songs which revive the golden era of Arab music. She has a distinguished voice and commanding stage presence, which has brought her critical acclaim around the globe, and her most renowned work is arguably the Iraqi folklore album ‘Kan Ya Makan’ in 2004. Her latest album, which uses her talents as well as other talented Arab musicians, is a reflection of daily life and the essential role Arab youth play in building nations and reviving their culture. www.macadinahhas.net