Mukhalef مخالف
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Mukhalef مخالف

Manama, Bahrain | Established. Jan 01, 2017

Manama, Bahrain
Established on Jan, 2017
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مخالف فرقة خليجية بديلة بصوت معاصر تمزج الالحان التراثية و الجاز والفضاء بقيادة الملحن و المغني يوسف ياسين من الكويت  وبمصاحبة آحمد القاسم (بيس جيتار)، عبدالله حاجي (ساكسوفون) وآحمد غزوان من البحرين (درامز)

Mukhalef is an adventurous new sound that blends khaleeji tradition with space, jazz, & unorthodox grooves. Yousif Yaseen's powerful and spirited vocals combine with Abdulla Haji's sax lines over a tight groove by bassist Ahmed Alqasim & and drummer Ahmed Alfardan.

Mukhalef was born out of a shared fascination with both contemporary harmony and folk music from Kuwait & Bahrain, with a particular interest in the art of Sawt. Yousif Yaseen, whose grandfather was a Nahham (singer on pre-oil pearl diving and trading ships), had already had recorded an album, Visions, with his NYC based group and had invented a new technique to play arabic maqams on the western guitar. 

After visiting Bahrain he quickly joined forces with celebrated bass player and singer Ahmed Alqasim, whose background in jazz & arabic music gave dimension and depth to the music. Abdulla Haji's sweet and lyrical saxophone colored the picture, and Ahmed Alfardan's neo-soul, gospel inspired drumming brought it all home. "Mukhalef" is a name of a Bahri rhythm that is popular in the gulf, and the band has a sound that is unique and forward thinking, while still retaining a respect for those who have come before them. 

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