With Bahrain’s home-grown rockers set to make a long-awaited comeback, Mohamed Al-Sedeqi told us a bit about the island’s favourite export
Time Out Bahrain staff
With Bahrain’s home-grown rockers set to make a long-awaited comeback, Mohamed Al-Sedeqi told us a bit about the island’s favourite export.
Who are Osiris and how long have you been playing together? Mohamed Al-Sadeqi - lead guitar and backing vocals, Nabil Al-Sadeqi - drums, A. Razzak Aryan - keyboards, Khalid Al-Shamlan - keyboards, piano, backup vocals, Ahmed AlQasim - bass, backing vocals and Ahmed Ravanbakhsh - main Vocals.
All the band members are Bahrainis and the band has been around since late 1980 although members have changed quite a few times over the years, except for founding members Nabil and Razzak and myself.
At the age of six Nabil was asked by our father what he wanted to be and he said a drummer. Our parents bought him a drum kit and our love of music grew from there. We come from a very musical family and we were taught privately by a music teacher, I had mastered the guitar by the age of 11.
The band started when we returned to Bahrain after studying overseas and over the Osiris have released a number of albums worldwide which can be ordered through the internet from sites such as Amazon, Progrock and others.
What are your major influences? We were influenced by many bands primarily starting from the Beatles and onward, and eventually the more complicated and higher forms of music; namely progressive music. Although Osiris has its own style, bands such as Kansas, Yes, Jethro Tull, Camel, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Genesis, and more recently Dream Theater, and a number of other bands, have all had their influences on us.
Where has the band played over the years, I understand you are the only Bahraini band to have had some international success? To be honest, all of our concerts have been in Bahrain. Although we received a number of invitations to perform abroad, we never did so for one reason or another. Lack of financial support, and more importantly, not having a PR management team were also major factors. The thing is that we do have a following and many fans from outside of Bahrain. Our music is distributed worldwide through our French music label ‘MUSEA’ and we have had air play on rock radio stations in many countries such as the USA, Germany and others which is a nice thing. We also get fan emails from all over the world quite often.
Is it all your own material? Who are the writers? The music is all Osiris’s own. The songs are composed by all the band members together, but the lyrics are generally written by me.
How long is it since you’ve played to a home crowd? Our last concert was during the Spring of Culture Festival at the Arad Fort in March of 2012 and the show before that was also at the Cultural Hall in 2011. That show was recorded live for DVD release worldwide.
Unfortunately the release got delayed due to production issues but we are hopeful it will come out this year. Our concerts have always been few and far between due to the preparations they require and the huge stage setup needed which includes a lot of special effects.
What can the audience expect from your April concert – is it all new or a mix? The Arad concert was a cultural event and we focused on performing our conceptual compositions related to Bahrain. This upcoming concert will be more of a rock concert. We will feature a mixture of old and new tracks.
Who is the sponsor for the performance – where can people get tickets? Actually, we are still looking for sponsors which is proving very difficult and which is really a shame. We have had a couple of tentative positive replies but not anywhere near to covering requirements. Osiris will perform at the Cultural Hall, next to the Marina Club, on Friday, April 25. Tickets details to be announced.
Gloria Gaynor live The soul diva, much loved for songs such as ‘I Will Survive’ makes her Bahrain debut as part of Spring of Culture. Friday, April 4, Arad Fort. Tickets from BD20 at www.springofculture.org.
Chuckle Club This month’s comedy fest features three top class funny fellas, Owen O’Neill, from Ireland, and Brits Gavin Webster and Tom Allen. And make sure to note one of the venues has changed. Wednesday, April 9, The Capital Club. Thursday, April 10, The British Club. Friday, April 11, InterContinental Regency Bahrain. Tickets BD15. Call (36 663 509).
338 Talent Night If you have a talent, from stand-up to rap to dance and more, this could be your chance to get in front of a live audience at the monthly talent night taking place down in Adliya. Call (33 304 030) to audition. Saturday, April 12, 338 Garden Restaurant, Adliya.
art.haus turns two From a couple of club nights in the music hall at JJ’s, which were only supposed to go on for a few months, art.haus is still here and celebrating its second birthday in style with DJ Marko Smokingroove, resident at Sandance Dubai, joining art.haus founder Sami Dee and local favourite Ed Buzzerk on the decks for a night of underground house to mark the occasion. Friday, April 18, Tabu, Panorama Hotel, Juffair. Entry BD5. Call (36 340 004).
Astronots A new club night from the guys who brought us art.haus, still playing house but also mixing fun sounds and disco with spinners Sami Dee, DJ Cossta and Chitronix, one of he originals on the Chicago house scene all those years ago. Saturday, April 26, Tabu, Panorama Hotel, Juffair. Entry BD5. Call (36 340 004).
New band If you’re looking for something different to try this month, check out Filipinas, the new band at The Hub at the Munroe Hotel, we hear they’re rather good.