Bala Feesh is a series of intimate live shows that gives prominence to independent musicians from the MENA region: stripped-down sets, unlikely collaborations, and a chance to experience the artist up close and personal.
Below are a number of featured acts from the event, enjoy the amazing performances!
Aysha El-Shamayleh reciting poetry at Bala Feesh
In July 14th, Hana Malhas presented Aysha El-Shamayleh in her very own “Bala Feesh” event, where Aysha’s sentimental “Father Ballad” moved some audience to tears. Aycha is an Award-winning spoken word artist and poet she was born and raised in Amman, then she moved to Philadelphia in 2006 to pursue an undergraduate education. Her writing career began as a poet and Spoken Word artist, after joining top-ranking national collegiate Spoken Word group, The Excelano Project. Her spoken words at “Bala Feesh” were accompanied by music played by both Hana Malhas and Odai shawagfeh.
Maryam Saleh and Zeid Hamdan rocking Bala Feesh Night
It was an extraordinary Ramadani night at Bala Feesh, as it featured the creative Egyptian singer-songwriter Maryam Saleh along with the Lebanese producer and composer Zeid Hamdan. Maryam is a powerful voice for her generation, she composes and performs music that is personal, political and philosophical; intense, intelligent Egyptian music with Arabic language and influences of Trip Hop and Psych Rock, and that night she performed her very own “Emshy Ala Remshy”.
Odai Shwagfeh turns a Western instrument into an oriental one
Odai Shwagfeh is one of the 4 angles of the reputable Jordanian band “El-Morabba3 (The Square)” he was featured in the unforgettable first night of Bala Feesh along with Bala feesh’s founder singer-Songwriter Hana Malhas. Odai has a unique way of playing music, as he could manipulate his electrical guitar into playing oriental melodies by creating music loops live, and then playing layers of music,that turned out a beautiful piece of music “ElQusd”.
Tamer Abu Ghazaleh and his band guest stars at a Bala Feesh night
In its august event, Bala feesh presented the Palestinian singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Tamer Abu Ghazaleh, where he played oud and sang his own songs, accompanied by the egyptian pianist Shadi El Hosseiny, Mahmoud Wally on Bass, and the most talented drummer the Iraqi Khayyam Al-Lami, this diverse combination resulted an exceptional creative night, and magical live music.
Out of Jordanian youth’s daily life “Laira” of Blues O’ Bantaloun was inspired.
Some photos from the event: