March 05, 2017
Manama: A stellar line-up of Arab music stars will be headlining the third week of the Spring of Culture, which is running for its 12th consecutive year. Arab singers Majid Al Muhandis and Waleed Al Shami will be performing on Friday 10th March at 8.30pm in Bahrain Bay.
Among Majid Al Muhandis’ greatest hits are "Waheshni Moot" and "Ouzkourini", as well as “Nami Ya Ayni”, which is a collaboration with fellow Iraqi and previous Spring of Culture performer Kazem Al Saher. He has previously collaborated with several high profile composers, including Mohammed Abdo, Abdulla Al Ruwaished, Omar Abdul Lat, Sherine, Angham and Kuwaiti singer Nawal. Majid composed the Al Janadriya festival theme song in collaboration with composer Nasser Al Saleh and is also well known for his cover versions of legendary songs such as "Almijana" by Saadoun Jaber, “Qoom Darejni” by Ebrahi Al Abdulla and “Ya Atasha” by Saudi artist Salama Abdulla.
Born in the city of Baghdad, Iraqi composer and singer Waleed Al Shami studied at Baghdad’s Institute of Musical Studies, where he mastered playing the Oud. Al Shami then turned his attention to singing, and was shortly signed by Rashed Al Majed’s production company “Funoon Al Jazeera”. Al Shami’s first release was a duet with his friend and artist Fayez Al Saeed. Since then Al Shami has gone on to achieve greater fame with the 2008 release of his first studio album "Mousiebah”.
Majid Al Muhandis and Waleed Al Shami’s concert at the Spring of Culture 2017 has been organised by the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) as part of its support to the annual festival. The Spring of Culture contributes significantly to Bahrain’s tourism sector each year, which is a key priority sector for the EDB as part of its development plans for the Kingdom.
The Gold Sponsors of this year’s festival are the National Bank of Bahrain, Huawei, GFH Financial Group, while Silver Sponsors include Bahrain Airport Company, Aluminium Bahrain (ALBA), Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait, DHL and Bahrain Duty Free. Additional support has been provided by the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF), Investate, the National Oil and Gas Authority and Bahrain Maritime & Mercantile International (BMMI) and the embassies of Italy, Japan, USA and Mexico in Bahrain.
Tickets for the upcoming concert will be sold at the Spring of Culture stand at City Centre Bahrain Entrance Four and online at www.springofculture.org.
For the latest news and updates on events, follow the official Spring of Culture account @springofculture on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Full details of the Spring of Culture and its various activities are available on the website www.springofculture.org.
For more information, please contact:
Economic Development Board
Telephone: +973 17589966
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About Spring of Culture
The Spring of Culture is an annual festival recognised as one of the most significant cultural events in Bahrain. The festival is organised by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) in cooperation with the Economic Development Board (EDB), Shaikh Ebrahim Centre for Culture and Research, Al Bareh Art Gallery, Al Riwaq Art Space and La Fontaine Centre for Contemporary Art.
The Spring of Culture has offered up a multitude of exciting and distinctive experiences over the past twelve seasons. The annual festival has brought an array of talented artists from Bahrain, the Arab world and beyond, covering theatre, art, music, poetry and literature. The festival also includes a host of other cultural activities held throughout the Kingdom that highlight Bahrain’s rich heritage and unique cultural and historical landmarks, entertaining and educating local citizens and overseas visitors.