East­ern Travel from town li­brary

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

THE AU­DI­ENCE in Oban Li­brary on Fri­day night trav­elled to Le­banon, Syria, Iraq and Egypt with­out ever leav­ing their seats.

The were trans­ported on a magic car­pet of po­etry and songs from mem­bers of the Baby­lon Ara­bic Band led by Mo­hammed Nafea, who sang and played the oud; Mar­ion Kenny, flute and guzheng (Chi­nese harp) and per­cus­sion­ist Dougie Hud­son who played tabla and frame drums. The trio are part of a larger band formed by Mo­hammed, an Iraqi singer and mu­si­cian, who has been in­volved in many in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­vals around the world in­clud­ing Egypt, Syria, Le­banon and the Gulf.

As well as his com­po­si­tions be­ing used on Iraqi TV, Mo­hammed formed the Baby­lon Ara­bic Band in Ed­in­burgh in 2004.

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The trio are seen here with Su­sanne Ni­chol­son, li­brary su­per­vi­sor, and they were in­vited to per­form in Dunoon and Oban as part of the Scot­land-wide Sto­ries with­out Bor­ders fes­ti­val. If you couldn’t make it on Fri­day, you can hear the Baby­lon Ara­bic Band

per­form­ing on YouTube.

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Rick Pot­ter, com­poser, per­former and in­stru­ment re­pair spe­cial­ist who lives in Ard­fern, was shown the oud used by Mo­hammed Nafea dur­ing his

per­for­mance.

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