Jazz sensation Gregory Porter to open Spring of Culture performances at Arad Fort

March 01, 2016

Manama: Grammy award-winner Gregory Porter will perform some of his jazz tunes at Arad Fort this weekend. The American jazz music star, songwriter, and actor is set to bring his global music to the Kingdom on Saturday March 5.

Porter’s strong and distinctive performance has deeply contributed to the emerging art since its inception, and has attracted the attention of a large audience due to the numerous prestigious awards he has won in the world of jazz. Such awards include the Jazz FM Award that he has won for the second time, awarding him the title of “International Jazz Artist of the Year”. Porter was also awarded a Grammy for “Best Vocal Performance for Jazz” in 2014 and gained recognition for his album “Liquid Spirit”.
Gregory Porter was born and raised in California, USA. As a child he admired the work of the late legend Nat King Cole and from that admiration his passion for music grew. He later started to work and cooperate with many of the brightest jazz musicians like Kamau Kenyatta and Hubert Laws, who helped him enrich his artistic career. This in turn led him to release his albums “Water”, “Be Good”, and “Liquid Spirit” and ultimately reach stardom.
The Spring of Culture 2016, recognised as one of the most significant cultural events in Bahrain, 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 festival attracts the participation of various international artists as well as Bahraini talents and brings in crowds from the region, contributing to the growth of the tourism sector.
Spring of Culture 2016 Gold sponsors are National Bank of Bahrain (NBB), Huawei and Bahrain Airport Company (BAC). Silver sponsors are ALBA, Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait (BBK), Bahrain Duty Free and Bahrain Airport Services (BAS). The event is also supported by BMMI.
Tickets for the shows will be sold at the festival kiosk located near gate 1 at Bahrain City Centre or online at www.springofculture.org . The public may also browse the website or call the festival hotline +973 39900630 for more information about the schedule of events.
For the latest news and updates on events, follow the official Spring of Culture account @springofculture on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
The full details on the event and its activities are available on the website www.springofculture.org.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Bahrain Authority for Culture & Antiquities – Media Center
T:   17298811
M: 36929740
E: elie.flouty@culture.gov.bh
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