Oman, Muscat. Firas Al Bakri, aged 27. Firas is a music producer. “I came back from Dubai, after studying there (film making and PR), and I asked myself: is there a possibility to create a music scene in Oman? I went to a concert of my current partner (Omani singer) Akram Masruri and thought ‘I want to work with him’. Together we decided to film a documentary while making our music. We wanted to show people what it means to create an English language album in the Middle East from scratch. We’re finding our way, and we’re trying to show young people how two perfect strangers met and created an album.” Pop itself is a new concept in Oman and, as Akram says, there is an identity crisis among musicians, but at the very roots of pop culture there is an identity that changes to keep up with and set modern trends, in the fields of music, art, fashion and even cinema.
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