Mohammed Haddad

TARAFA – The project

The project started amid research about the life of the poet (Tarafah ibn al-‘Abd), who lived in Bahrain. Tarafa went through unique circumstances throughout the period of his short life (543 to 569), during which he faced many of injustice, especially from his uncles who harmed and denied him… Despite all that, he lived free in spite, rebel, and was against the kings until he was confronted by the king of Al-Heera (Amr ibn Hind) that had him killed before he’s thirty…

Tarafa’s project addresses the stages and characters in the life of the poet, also known as, (the slain lad)… The music tells the psychological transformations that he went through; his lonely lover, the relatives that turned against him, his faith, and his painful and mysterious death…

Mohammad Haddad

is a Bahraini composer and music critic. An active artist in the music scene of Bahrain and a leading composer in the film scores of Bahraini films. But unlike most musicians, it’s quite rare to find a pure addicted soul that breathes, speaks and eats music, in all its forms and genres, regardless where it came from, all that matters is that it brings pleasure to his ears. He was only 7 when he whispered his lifetime wish to his parents: “I wanna become a musician”. He picked up the Keyboard at the age of 8 and quickly became the leading player in his primary school’s music band. He then picked up the Lute and made it his major instrument until he flew to Cairo to pursue a degree in music composition and conducting at the Cairo Conservatory of Music, focusing on the Piano.

Armed by a very western Piano in one hand, and an extremely eastern Lute in the other, with enough power to bridge the gap between the two worlds of east and west, although it was never his intention to do so. He’s only here to explore as much as he can from this life, with music as his energy and love as his religion.

So taken by the idea of composing music for the screen, Mohammed Haddad drew from western classical, traditional Arabic, dramatic and ethnic tunes to create a considerable body of adventurous work in his brief career until today. His music showcased his extraordinarily low-key, melodic, yet rich compositions for critically acclaimed Bahraini films like “A Bahraini Tale”, “Absence”, “Mraimy”, “Cage”, “A Dinner”, sounding like a cross between Zbigniew Preisner and George Winston.

 

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