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Rap al-Bahraini

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Was reading an article in the GDN that happened to mention a Bahraini rap group Infinity and a DJ Outlaw. I did a quick google search and was surprised to find out that we actually have a (small) underground hip-hop scene here on the island. The website for Infinity and Outlaw is www.infinity.coms.ph, where you can view their pictures and hear some of their music.

To be truthful, their music is not out of this world, but they're making a great effort, and I have to give them mad props for being the first rap group in Bahrain. Their sound seems like a mixture of oldskool and gangsta. I'm not too sure what their lyrics are about, but it does feature the sounds of a lot of guns and stuff. It's not too obvious what exactly the subject matter of each of their songs is. I'll have to hear a bit more of them to make a proper judgement, but I do hope they "keep it real" (in the tradition of hip-hop) and sing about issues that faced by today's Bahraini youth, rather than the stereotypical ghetto-life or bling bling subjects of most rap.

Another thing is that they sing in English. It would be interesting if they were to rap instead in Arabic, like the Palestinian rappers I mentioned before. Or better yet if they would try rapping in the Bahraani dialect that global soul posted about yesterday :)

If you'd like to hear them live, they will actually be performing (along with other local musicians) at the Alliance Francaise, Isa Town, today (Thursday June 24) at 6pm as part of the Alliance's annual Fete de la Musique.

Big ups to Infinity and DJ Outlaw!!
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