The Bahrain Jazz Festival is the country’s first international festival curated as a month-long celebration of jazz showcasing a multitude of exciting artists from around the world.
The Bahrain Jazz Fest will close with an open-air festival on October 6 at the Royal Golf Club congregating vibrant sounds of jazz, blues, swing, gypsy jazz, Ska and electro as the spotlight falls on five highly acclaimed international bands and three of Bahrain’s best jazz outfits. This is an allday extravaganza that will commence at 12noon to 10pm, hosted on the driving range of the Royal Golf Club, one of the region’s premier golf destinations. There is a fully secure monitored interactive kids’ area to allow all ages to fully immerse their senses in one shape or another. No need to worry about foraging for food, as there will be a wide range of F&B areas and food trucks to cater for those inevitable hunger pangs.
We have our very own homegrown talented musicians and singers joining us in the shape of Bahrain’s foremost jazz ensembles, musician Ahmed Qasim with his distinct vocal chords to caress our ear-drums. Top Gypsy Jazz ensemble Mohammed Rashid Trio ft. Banah are there to keep the event in full swing in addition to DJ and Producer Captain Tea whose groovy electronic jazz sets prove to be real crowd-pleasers.
It really is going to be an international affair, and, just so you lovely people truly are aware of the grand panache of talent that we’re dealing with, the likes of Speakeasies Band will be flown in from Greece who have won the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for their award winning single “Black Swamp Village, to name just one of their many accolades.
Our senses will be further elevated with UK based Electro Swing dance band who are renowned in the industry for their unique style. They collide vintage 30s and 40s big band and Gypsy Swing with live mixed beats – a foot-stomping recipe of soaring hot-swingin’ licks, driving swing-scat vocals and vintage harmonies that creates their fully-charged yet irresistible sound.
Then we’ve got Captain Tea, an electronic musician and DJ with a penchant for genre bending, who loves to dish out funk, afrobeat, house, Latin, a sprinkling of jazz and a slice of techno for good measure. Captain Tea has released music under his moniker of The Nibblatron for the Portuguese Label Lovers and Lollypops as part of a remix compilation for The Flamingods. He is also a Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp Alumni.
ELECTRIC SWING CIRCUS
A full time, touring band on the international circuit will be joining this tantalising line-up in the form of Electric Swing Circus who are a sixpiece fusion of saucy 20s swing and stomping electro beats. They have an explosive sound that reverberates back through time. Fronted by a sassy female double-act, the ESC delivers a consistently dazzling show.
THE SKA VENGERS
Widely considered to be one of the most exciting and relevant musical acts coming out of India, The Ska Vengers is a new Delhi based band who blend Ska rhythms with elements of dub, punk, jazz and rap to come up with a form of music that is refreshingly different, energetic and highly danceable.
From the USA, we have the fiercely talented Dihann Moore promising you the ultimate Jazz experience as she captivates her audiences with her powerful sultry voice.
•Tickets priced at BD20 for adults, BD10 for kids and under six-year-olds go for free.
•Tickets available online on Virgin Megastore and Red Bull Tickets – in addition to in store tickets available at Royal Golf Club, Virgin Megastore, Room 2 Rock.
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•Festival Partners: EDB, Aggreko, Secure Services, Room 2 Rock, BMMI, Royal Golf Club, Clockwork, Virgin Megastore, Red Bull Bahrain, Malja Bahrain, Coda Jazz Lounge, Café Amsterdam, FACT, Ohlala magazine