Twenty-nine-year-old Tony Attalla is a Kuwait-born, Egyptian-Lebanese rap artist, music producer and actor, as well as the founder of cigAwet Productions. He started out back in 2000 in Kuwait and moved to Bahrain four years later to develop and continue his new-found career. Every year since, he’s been doing just that, writing songs, making music videos and working on his debut album Countless Blessings.
“The Bahrain music scene is massive and versatile considering the size of this little island,” Attalla tells Time Out. “Many venues and outlets in Bahrain provide local talents with opportunities and a platform to showcase their art or talent, but the local artists struggle to get appreciated and valued for their art.
“[People have a] tendency to under-evaluate, expect a very cheap fee and prefer to pay much more for a non-local artist,” he says.
In order to change this, Attalla believes we need more events, as well as local music charts or awards.
“It’s always nice to bring in guest celebrities and stars from all over the world, but these stars couldn’t have reached stardom without the push and support of their local scenes first.”