Jordan-based concert series Bala Feesh has brought in some of the best alternative musicians from around the Arab world over the past few years.
Founded and hosted by Jordanian musician Hana Malhas, Bala Feesh records live performances in front of a select audience in an intimate setting. Each artist performs at least one track with Hana during their performance.
Hana will be part of our panel discussion on building a grassroots music scene at STEP Music on April 7th.
We've selected five of our favourite Bala Feesh performances for you to check out.
Badiaa Bouhrizi – “Seeh”
A mesmerising stripped-back performance by the Tunisian singer-songwriter.
Ayah Marar & Hana Malhas – “How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore” (Prince cover)
UK-based Jordanian artist Ayah Marrar has worked with big names including Calvin Harris and DJ Fresh. Watch Marrar and Bala Feesh host Hana Malhas cut loose on this tribute to Prince.
Postcards – “Origami/Where The Wild Ones”
The Lebanese band are at the forefront of the region’s indie-folk movement. Here, they showcase their beautiful close harmonies on a medley of songs from their EP What Lies So Still.
El Morabba3 – “3asheek”
The Jordanian alt-rock trio are starting to establish themselves as one of the most exciting Arabic alternative bands around. This live performance shows why.
The Wanton Bishops ft. Hana Malhas – “Sleep With The Lights On”
The Lebanese blues rockers slow their stomping debut single down to a heartfelt lament for a lost friend.
Hana Malhas will be talking about her experiences setting up a grassroots music scene at STEP Music in Dubai on April 7th. Get your tickets here.