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Babylon Arabic Band



  • 4 piece Arabian band playing wide-ranging Arabian music.
  • Arabic Dancers available on request


Based in Edinburgh but play regularly throughout Scotland and across the UK.

Standard Set Times

  • Two 60 minute sets.

About this Act

This Edinburgh based band consists of Iraqi, Scottish, and English musicians led by Mohammed Nafee (Iraqi singer & musician). They perform a selection of Mohammed's favourite Arabic songs throughout all Arab countries, which he performed at parties and celebrations in Iraq. Mohammed is now hosting parties and performing for new audiences around the UK with the talented musicians he has discovered here. The band consists of musicians who play Oud (a very popular musical instrument in the Middle East), flute, accordion, double bass, cello and percussion.

Band members:

Mohammed .Nafee.Mohammed – Singer and Oud player

He started his performances in Iraq at the TV and festivals as a singer and Oud player. when he left Iraq at 1998 he established Bbabylon Arabic Band in Scotland and started performing in the UK in festivals and TVs, The Scottish TV produced a documentary film about him ( Then and Now) at 2002 he released his first CD (Samra)includes 11 songs at 2004, performing in festivals and organising regularly Arabian Night parties around the UK.

Joel Sanderson – double bass

Joel performs classical, folk, jazz, and world music with a variety of outfits on both cello and double bass. He produces music from his home studio, making sound tracks for film and animation, as well as performing live, accompanying dance, performance art, theatre and storytelling. Joel is always looking for more collaborative work playing cello or double bass or creating music in his studio. ‘West End Festival’. Joel performs on cello, double bass and a host of unheard of instruments . He is the Musical Director for the company and co-ordinates other professional musicians to work on specific performances.

Lewis Powell - Accordion

He is a very talented musician, studying at Newcastle folk traditional music. he plays music since the age of 8, plays many different style of music, Scottish, Arabic, French, Jazz and Klezmer Music ha plays now with Babylon and Stobo Village Band with Martin Swan

Marion Kenny - Flute

She spent the past twenty six years as performer, teacher and researcher of creative arts, Marion draws on her wealth of experience as a musician; dancer and actress, accompanying them with harps and flutes. After gaining a degree in Music and Theatre Arts from Exeter University, Marion received sponsorship to study music and dance at the Beijing Academy of Dramatic Arts in China and at the Academy of Music and Dance in Bali. More recently the Scottish Arts Council have supported performance and research tours of New Zealand and Australia.

Adam Reid – Percussionist

He plays different styles of percussion, Arabic ,Jazz, French and Scottish. Studying Arabic language at Edinburgh University involved in hundreds local and international musical events. He played in many Europe and Arab countries with very popular bands. playing Tabla with Babylon Arabic Band since 2004.

Set List

Arabic songs and music from all Arab countries


  • Four piece band playing percussion, flute, accordian, double bass, cello, oud plus vocals.


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