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Mo Zowayed on a musical journey

August 26, 2014

LOCAL musician Mo Zowayed is one to watch this year with an album on the way and several performances on the cards.

The Bahraini comes from a musical family, but unlike his grandfather Mohammed Zowayed his folk music is not native to Bahrain.

The 26-year-old has performed on several stages across Bahrain with his band The Accidentals in the last two years.

"I grew up with a lot of music and my dad played oud and sang all the time," he told the GDN.

"I also got piano lessons as a child and even though that gave me a solid foundation in music, it's not what made me want to be a musician.

"I realised I wanted to be a musician when I was 13 years old and bought my first guitar at this point I was influenced by my love for music."

Many instruments fall into Mo's repertoire, including the guitar, mandolin, harmonica, trumpet and ukulele.

He said a year ago he took up a new instrument, further developing his ability to express himself through his music.

"I started playing the trumpet a year ago after being obsessed with Louis Armstrong for a long time and I just love playing it and listening to it," he added.

He said he enjoyed listening to folk music, bluegrass, old delta blues and modern bands like Beirut and fleet foxes, which have influenced him moving into the bluegrass folk genre.

Travelling inspires his writing, saying he likes to use his imagination to make every song completely different.

"I write what can almost be considered a back story and then from there start writing the rest," he explained.

He said plans were in the pipeline to start production on his album in October followed by a Middle East tour.

"I am working on an album which is due to start (production) in October.

"Part of my future plans is a Middle East tour and then venturing out further."

Mo has made a lot of noise in the last few years and has gained avid fans who have been at all his performances including last weekend's concert at Ibrida in addition to Farmfest and Sandfest, Brazil Lounge, Bab Market and the British Club.

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Source: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)

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