Majaz (meaning 'metaphor' in Arabic) are a progressive fusion folk band from the land of two seas: Bahrain. As is the origin story of more than a few bands, they formed to play a one-off show, but after their music was met with appeal, they decided to stay together, officially forming in 2013.
Most members of Majaz come from metal backgrounds, except for the cellist, who studied classical and Arabic music. Perhaps this blend is what gives Majaz their epic, beautiful sound, which dances between deeply dramatic and metal inspired moments to transcendent Arabic-folk.
Their debut EP, Rihla, was recorded at their own DIY home studio. Released at the beginning of 2017, it garnered them widespread recognition; their career has since taken off, and they have established themselves as local favorites on their small but vibrant island nation. We had the chance to chat with the four smiley Bahraini musicians before they opened up Wasla Festival in Dubai, about their origins, ambitions, and the burgeoning music scene in Bahrain.
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