The music of Bahrain is part of the Persian Gulf folk traditions. Alongside Kuwait, it is known for sawt music, a bluesy genre influenced by African, Indian and Persian music. Sultan Hamid, Ali Bahar and Khaled El Sheikh (a singer and oud player) are among the most popular musicians from Bahrain. In addition there are a pretty well-known prog band from Bahrain.
The Bahrain band Osiris have had 12 Members and 6 of them are current members.
Mohamed Al-Sadeqi (lead guitar and vocals)
Nabil Al-Sadeqi (Drums)
A. Razzak Aryan (Keyboards)
Khalid Al-Shamlan (Keyboards, piano, backup vocals)
Ahmed AlQasim (Bass guitar, backup vocals)
Ahmed Ravanbakhsh (Main Vocals)
Mohammed Al Shafee
Subah Al Sadeqi
Khalid Al Mutawa
Sami Al Jamea
So far the band have released four studio album and the fifth album Take a Closer Look was released a month ago. The title track Take A Closer Look,
Osiris were formed in Houston, Texas, US, while Nabil Al-Sadeqi and his brother Mohammed Al-Sadeqi were at university. The band has some similarity with Embryo, Camel, Yes and Geneis.
The band`s history according to their homepage,
The origins of the band are tied to the start of the musical career of Mohamed Al-Sadeqi (Jun 1956) and of Nabil Al-Sadeqi (1959), two brothers from the tiny Gulf island state of Bahrain.
They belonged to a musical family and their parents encouraged the brothers’ musical tendencies. At the age of six, Nabil was asked by his father what he wanted to do with his life, Nabil answered the he wanted to become a drummer like Ringo STARR and his father went out and bought his son a drum kit. Both brothers, along with their sister, were taught privately by a music teacher. In the case of Mohamed, this continued for several years. At the age of eleven Mohamed had mastered guitar and Nabil could play drums by the age of eight. The track Inner Thoughts,
Since childhood, Nabil and Mohamed had been avid music listeners and were exposed to a wide range of music, listening to the many discs of classical, jazz, local folk, pop and rock music owned by them and their cousins. In the sixties they learned to love the Beatles but gradually came round to buying records by other bands and followed the scene in music magazines. Towards the end of the sixties, progressive rock and creative music became big and the boys fell in love with bands such as Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Yes and other giant bands of the era.
In 1969, after jam sessions with their elder sister Faequa (organ) and their cousin Hayden (rhythm guitar/bass) the brothers decided to make this their first band, the four of them having studied music together as children. They called themselves Witch and played music mixing funk, jazz and commercial rock, doing gigs for fun at parties, doing reasonably well and gaining some popularity in the country. But in 1974 the band broke up when Mohamed left to study mechanical engineering at Houston in Texas. He did not abandon his musical studies however and devoted himself to theory and guitar technique, even winning a prize for his guitar work. Nabil then lived in London for a time studying aeronautical engineering, but also kept his musical hand in jamming during his stay, even managing to do some studio work. It was in Houston where the idea of forming a progressive rock band was born first in the mind of Mohamed. The two brothers returned to Bahrain in 1980 and proceeded to form a progressive band playing their own music. But musicians of the quality the brothers wanted werehard to find on a small island like Bahrain. The track Bird Of Pray,
Nabil and Mohamed began rehearsing in the garage of their parents’ home in Manama and received lots of friends and visitors interested in the idea of setting up Bahrain’s first ever progressive rock band.
Small ads were placed to attract musicians. A few bassists were tried but without success, until Mohammed SHafii (b.1961), a computer programmer and a friend of a friend, decided to try playing for the brothers himself, having helped out at numerous rehearsals. The search for a keyboardist proved longer (some six months) and much more difficult. One day, a friend phoned them to tell them of an impressive player he’d seen and a jam session was set up to try him out. This keyboardist, Sami AL-Jamea (b. 1962) impressed Nabil and Mohamed who asked him to join immediately.
A few weeks later, Mohamed Amin Kooheji (b.1955), another friend who wanted to join, came in on guitar, bass and vocals. They then took on a second keyboardist, Abdul Razak Aryan (b.July 1959), a banker who had had piano lessons as a child and played in several local bands. Razak’s arrival gave the band a greater harmonic depth and richness and a greater sonic diversity. He complemented Sami’s solos on piano and mini- moogs/Fender rhodes with chords on polyphonic synthesisers and organ. They doubled up on harmonies playing Korg keyboards, micro-moogs and Korg organ. Mohammed Shafii was also the vocalist.
Fully satisfied with the lineup, the brothers began working out an original repertoire which would fuse musical complexity, melodic richness and Arab culture- it was important for them to signal their origins in the music. They chose the name Osiris from Egyptian mythology not only for its sound but its references to Arab culture, youth and fertility.