Jordan's music scene has been witnessing a swift change when it comes to the sound being produced in its capital city.
Local talent in Amman isn't shying away from exhibiting their fresh, contemporary sounds to an eager young audience. With mixes between indie, rock, jazz, reggae, and local sounds, Jordanian bands are setting high standards.
Here are seven local bands you should keep an eye on in Amman:
3. Albaitil Ashwai
Albaitil Ashwai - meaning "Random House" - is a six-year-old neo-Sufi rock band that skillfully integrates Sufism beliefs and symbols in their music and lyrics.
They blend indie-rock sounds along with some folk, reggae, and traditional sounds - combining both eastern and western sounds.
Their new album "Nuun" drew inspiration from non-other than the renowned poet Rumi and was released in April.
4. Ghaem Jozi
Ghaem Jozi - meaning "Partly Cloudy" - is a post-contemporary one-man show with a unique electro-dance sound. Odai Shawagfeh, who's behind this name, has music that takes you to a whole other place as you listen.
His method? Translating old traditional songs into a trance and dance-like sound, thus collecting all sounds and merging them into a live collective performance.
5. El Morabba3
Their pristine sound, in terms of instruments and musical arrangement, is what gives them their edge.
6. Half-Step Down
This band was created a year ago and is already booked for gigs and radio interviews. They cover popular songs which get the audience up and dancing and have their own original sounds as well.
What makes them distinctive? They bring up the 80's soul and funk into their music.
7. Omar Shukri and the Jazz Group
If you like jazz, then this band is worthy of a listen, especially that they have a 60-song live set.
With an increased demand for more familiar music, they revamped their set list and introduced familiar mainstream music with their own jazzy twist.