Bahrain music: Mo Zowayed

Bahraini folk singer-songwriter to play at Bahrain Jams

Bahrain music: Mo Zowayed

This Bahraini folk singer-songwriter is easily one of the most exciting musicians in Bahrain right now. His sound, which blends American bluegrass with upbeat harmonica and acoustic guitar-driven melodies, has been catching our attention for a good couple of years now.


Earlier this year, he and his band released their debut EP New York Times (they’ve already started working on a second one, which will be launched next summer) and are about to head off on a US tour with renowned English pianist and singer Jools Holland in October.

Other than Zowayed, who sings and plays guitar, the people behind the band are Antonio Henriques, from Portugal, on double bass, Iba Almohsen, from Saudi Arabia, on guitar, Reynold Phillips, from India, on drums and Szabi Nigo, from Hungary, on trumpet (he’s also in the Belly of Paris line-up).

Despite the international tour, right now, Zowayed thinks Bahrain is one of the best places to be a musician but, he admits, it could be better. “A lot of people are now catching onto the idea of going out to see a band to hear their original material,” he tells Time Out. “But still, the majority want to hear covers of pop songs or oldies.

“Sure, it’s tough at first, but when you start getting a following because of music you’ve written, you just can’t go back.”

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