Handsome crooner Omar Kamal, popularly known as “The Palestinian Frank Sinatra”, will take to the stage tonight, thanks to the Spring of Culture festival organized by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities… and he is happy to be back.
A wide range of multicultural influences have given the singer, songwriter and producer from Nablus a rich and varied musical taste ranging from the king of swing to pop legends such as Michael Jackson, and, of course, Arab greats such as Mohammed Abdelwahab and Fayrouz.
“I am delighted to be back in the kingdom, especially after a long hiatus from live entertainment,” he told GDN. “Performing in Bahrain in 2017 is one of my fondest memories of being on stage. The reception we received from the crowd was tremendous and warm. Their energy transported me and my band into the stratosphere and everything was unexpected!
“Whenever people ask me what are my favorite places to play, Bahrain is usually up there!”
The star performs a variety of genres in multiple languages and composes her own music. Critics suggest that all of these components have made him one of the “most genuine and open artists to emerge from the region in years”.
He admits that spending years listening to Sinatra and observing Sinatra’s “way” of singing, storytelling and phrasing up close has helped him on the path to success. “For me, having had no coaching, I believe I learned from one of the best.”
He was also inspired by his mother, Fairuz, adding, “She has a great voice but has never performed professionally,” Mr Kamal said. “She has a graceful approach to music and the world around her and that gives me the greatest inspiration in times of uncertainty.”
The soft-spoken artist will perform at the National Theater of Bahrain, performing songs from his album ‘Show Me the Light’, following the success of his 2017/18 tour promoting his debut album ‘Serenade’.
And, the sound and light show continues this weekend in Qal’at Al Bahrain. Highlighting Bahrain’s history, the event will take the public on a guided journey today and tomorrow at 6 p.m.
Theatrical performances of the childhood classic The Wind in the Willows will take place tomorrow at the Cultural Hall in Manama.
The British Classic has been reimagined in this hit from London’s West End in an adaptation that features beautiful puppetry, catchy and uplifting live music and some of the UK’s finest acting.
The fun and engaging show is perfect for all members of the family and tells the story of animals emerging from hibernation and enjoying the wonders of the great outdoors.
Shows will take place tomorrow at 5 p.m., Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., while matinee shows will take place on March 13 and 14.
A free musical performance by the Dar Bin Harban Band will take place on Saturday at Dar Al Muharraq, starting at 8 p.m.
Founded in the mid-1940s, in the old city of Muharraq by Mohammed bin Jassim bin Harban, the Dar Bin Harban Band continues to be instrumental in reviving a myriad of local traditional arts including Al Ardhah, Al La ‘abouni, Al Khammari and Al Fjiri.
Khalid Al Rowaie will launch her book Khadija, delving into Khadija bint Khuwaylid and how she saw the Prophet Muhammad from birth to prophecy and ultimately death, blending historical events with contemporary poetic, artistic and human insight.
The book and exhibition will include a new adaptation of the art of historical miniatures and modern art forms of lines and formations that accompany the poetic text. The launch will take place at the Bahrain National Theater from March 13 to 16, starting at 8 p.m.
A poetry recital by Saudi poet and filmmaker Ahmed Al Mulla will take place on Monday. Mr. Al Mulla is considered one of the pioneers of the Saudi film industry as the founder and director of the Saudi Film Festival. The recital begins at 8 p.m. at the Ibrahim Al Arrayed Poetry House in Manama and the event is open to all.
The brilliant musicians of the Aga Khan program will present creative music workshops to a number of students and local musicians.
The workshops, which are organized for the very first time, will approach the creative process at the crossroads of traditional and contemporary music, in addition to advanced courses in improvisation and cross-cultural composition.
They will also focus on unpacking the creative process at the heart of the Aga Khan Master Musicians at the junction of traditional and contemporary music, as well as a “jam session” for different musical instruments, in addition to advanced lessons in improvisation and intercultural exchanges. composition. These workshops at 8 p.m. at the Halle Culturelle are open to the public from Tuesday until March 18.
The Al Riwaq art space will host “Post-Fiction: Manama”, an exhibition that highlights the space between shared narratives, personal fictions and prevalent histories of Manama through five distinct voices.
It invites the viewer to reconsider different possible versions of Manama, placing it as both a physical space and a domain of speculation. The event, which begins March 15 at 7 p.m., will continue until April 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
A conference on “Conservation of Urban Historic Heritage in the Muslim World” will be open to the public on Wednesday. It will be led by restoration specialist, art historian and archaeologist Luis Monreal, who is also Chief Executive of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. The event will take place at the Shaikh Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Center for Culture and Research, starting at 8 p.m.