Open Stage Night at the German Embasssy in Riyadh
An Open Stage Night in the evening of 15 February at the German Embassy in Riyadh brought together bands from the Kingdom and an enthusiastic audience of young Saudi musicians, artists and music lovers as well as members of the German and international community.
The programme started with Layla a young Saudi woman playing guitar and singing English pop and country songs, followed by the self-taught pianist Eman Gusti playing a mix of classical and modern pieces. Later in the evening, Remedy and Semba band delighted the audience with rap and pop music while Reminesce Band offered blues, jazz and funk music. Levant band showcased well known Arabic and English pieces. To conclude the evening Min Al Riyadh Band and Mizan Band played a selection of their own compositions raging from jazz to fusion of eastern and western music. The event was supported by the company Maqam which provided technical equipment.
The Embassy has always been keen on offering a stage for young, talented and intelligent Saudis,“ said Ambassador Dieter Haller. He added: ”It’s a great honor for us to host this cultural event because we see that the young Saudi generation is creative, dynamic and very talented.“
”With the open stage night, we want to provide a platform for the thriving Saudi music scene,“ explained Dr. Rafael Heinisch, the Cultural Attaché at the German embassy. ”Tonight’s performance brought together people with very diverse backgrounds. The nascent music scene in Riyadh is very promising and full of great talent. With every cultural event we discover new and fascinating aspects of Riyadh’s rapidly growing cultural life. And we are very happy to be part if this,“ he added.
Before the event, the German Embassy sent out a call for participation in an event where as many groups as possible should have the opportunity to present their music, hence the name Open Stage Night. Bands were assigned a time slot of 25 to 30 minutes each. This made it possible for the audience to listen to very different musical genres during one evening.
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