Mohammed Bin Faris House of Sout Music

Mohammed Bin Faris House of Sout Music

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songster1928
Jersey City, NJ63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Solo
Every Thursday night at 8:00 PM there is a free performance of the music of Mohammed Bin Faris -- a mid to late twentieth century master of Bahraini music. Performances last from 90 minutes to two hours. As a westerner I could not understand the words, though locals told me most songs are celebrations of Bahrain. But as a human being I could not fail to get caught up in the energy and power of local music played by committed musicians.

The night I went, there were eight players, though I was told this can vary. There was an oud player, and violinist who were the main vocalists, a man who improvised non-stop on a variety of wooden flutes, an astounding zither player and four percussionists who occasionally also danced. The crowd -- entirely local -- clapped along on most numbers.

In a world that is increasingly homogenized this was a great chance to sample something local, beautiful and exciting.

You will be welcome when you get there, but it is not the easiest place to reach. First off, although Trip Advisor lists it in Manama, it is actually in Muharraq. Very difficult to park there; although I got a lift back to my hotel by locals but we had a long walk to their car. Hotel concierage and cab driver both had no idea where this was. However, Google Maps recognizes it and I directed the cab driver there using Google Maps. (You can run into issues with Google Maps sending you the wrong place in the Gulf Region (souks in particular) but they have this one right.

Still, you can't really get all the way there by cab because the streets give way to alleys. I am not sure these are the best directions but they will work. Have acab let you off at the corner of Sherif Hamad Avenue and Boomaher Avenue, and let Google Maps guide you down Boomaher to the right alleys. It was after dark, people were friendly and it felt safe. (Actually a local volunteered to show me the last few turns.) Once you've got that Hamad/Boomaher corner set with the cab driver, you can call the driver to pick you up there after the show.

Enjoy!
Written October 17, 2014
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Cristina C
Charlottesville, VA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Friends
If you can find this music hall in the heart of Muharraq it will be one of the highlights of your trip to Bahrain. Google maps led us there successfully though when we entered Muhammad bin Faris House. The concerts are free on Thursday nights around 8pm but you can walk in at any time and will be welcome. The musicians play traditional Bahraini songs and the audience is mostly Bahrainis who know all the words. Follow this website for more information and a contact number to make sure the concert is happening http://www.shaikhebrahimcenter.org/th-binfaris.html
Written April 25, 2014
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Quentin1
Liverpool, England136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Friends
This venue is situated in Muharraq; the best way to locate it is to ask around -- but bear in mind that you may have to approach several people before you find it, as many locals didn't know it when we enquired, although it's in the middle of the neighbourhood. It seems to be an old building in which a new performance space has been built. Free sout (sometimes spelt 'sut') music is played here on Thursday evenings. Brochures from the Sheikh Ibrahim Cultural Centre state that the show starts at 20.30, but on the evening that I attended I arrived at this time and the music lasted only half an hour. The concierge then told me that the music had begun at 19.00 and ran for two hours. Apparently, the time depends on the hour of the final prayer of the day, so 'phone ahead to ask for the week's timing. I would think it would also be a good idea to check if the event takes place during Ramadan. Taxi drivers from Manama are unlikely to know the music hall, so make sure you leave plenty of time to get there.
The music is fabulous! Performed (of course) by an all-male group, it involves a large number of musicians, singers and dancers, and it gets the audience in the swing (ladies can clap their hands only; some Arab male members of the audience were dancing in the seating area and shouting encouragement to the dancers on the stage).
An evening spent listening to this music is an absolute highlight of any trip to Bahrain. If you're in town on a Thursday, do not miss this!
Written January 14, 2014
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Ghanim A
Kuwait City, Kuwait212,395 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Friends
Back for party
We return back again for Thursday night
Party of 8 pm
Put unfortunately we miss party
Because of the traffic
We had quick look
And left to Manama
Written March 1, 2016
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Heba A
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
a peek to heritage by renovating an old clay house in to a museum or a gallery, which give you an idea about part of the cultural performer and songs.
Written February 5, 2015
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Abdul H
Thekkady, India36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
We can understand about this person, listen to his music. they arranged and preserved most of his remains - a part of his house as well.
Written December 2, 2014
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sigzag
Peyia, Cyprus1,879 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
This very nice music hall does have performances every Thursday evening at 8pm. If you have time do visit. It is not very large but performances are very good.
Written December 1, 2018
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pskale
Mumbai, India637 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
Mohammed Bin Faris House of Sout Music is located in Muharraq, the old part of Bahrain. Come here to experience Bahrani music and then visit the souq and the halwa shops
Written July 12, 2017
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Hamad A
54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
A great vibe in the middle of the old capital, this place is livened up with some of the nicest local Bahraini music. Perfectly located in a hidden area of Muharraq, you can continue your journey by exploring the Halwa shops, local souq and old alleyways.
Written November 23, 2015
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Neil P
Manama, Bahrain277 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
This house on the Pearling Trail in Muhurraq is a true gem telling the history of a man and his music
Written October 14, 2015
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