Ala Ghawas is an independent singer-songwriter, musician and record producer from Bahrain, considered by many as one of Bahrain’s most important artists of his generation.
With his haunting lyrics and raspy voice backed with his acoustic guitar and piano, Ghawas produced a compelling body of work that illustrates the influences of his life in the form of songs. Drawing inspirations from poets and songwriting masters like ‘Bob Dylan’ and ‘Leonard Cohen’, as well as rock legends ‘Pink Floyd’ and his idols ‘Jackson Browne’ and ‘Jeff Buckley’.
Ghawas recorded and released his debut EP, “Hums”, in 2007 during his time in Boston as a Fulbright Scholar. The release was received positively by the Bahraini media upon his return and then followed by another two critically acclaimed EPs, “Whispers” in 2008 and “Screams” in 2009, which made Ghawas a local musical hero.
Starting 2011, Ghawas spent almost three years writing new songs for his debut LP, “Armor”, and partnered with Bahrain’s most popular band, ‘Likwid’, for the recording of these songs. The album was released in November 2013 and featured his most successful single to date, “Raven”.
After the release of Armor, the partnership between Ala Ghawas and Likwid took more adventurous grounds with a successful series of live performances to promote the album in Bahrain and the gulf region. Later in 2015, Ghawas invited the band to record and film a live concert and a documentary at his house and named it “Live from Allston”. Ala named his house “Allston” honoring the small town in the city of Boston where he used to live in 2006 and 2007. The film was produced and directed by Bahraini filmmaker ‘Saleh Nass’.
By Caity Cook.