Naheddi is a Fulanian word meaning creativity and resourcefulness in a situation with little spare time, material benefits or peace – but where one is able to create fine music.
Amir Saion and Hassan Mahdi originally came from Iraq. They now live in Norway. Adama Barry from Burkina Faso visits Norway frequently. They all perform songs in Arabian, Fulanian and French. Amir Saion plays the traditional Iraqi string instrument Oud together with the Arabian percussion instrument Darabuka. Adama plays Fulanian music on the traditional flute Douliarou. Hassan Mahdi plays the West African drum Djembe. The music consists of traditional songs and rhythms from Burkina Faso and Iraq, as well as compositions by the musicians themselves.
Adama Barry: (Burkina Faso) He belongs to the Fulani people, fulbé, a nomadic people living in West Africa. As a child he learned to play the flute as he was a shepherd boy. In his native country, he won the prestigious price of culture, Semaine Nationale de la Culture. He has also been awarded several prices as a flute player, dancer, musician and choreographer and he is considered to be one of the best flute players in Burkina, where he also tutors students. He makes his own flutes, being a renowned flute maker in his homeland. Adama Barry formed his own group, Deorane, consisting of traditional Fulanian musicians and dancers. He was attached to the Théâtre de la Fraternité as a musician, actor, dancer and choreographer for several years. He visited Norway for the first time in 1992 in connection with the Ibsen Festival, with the play Peer Gynt. Since 1994 he has worked with several Norwegian artists, among them the writer Anneke Bjørgum. In 2000 they formed the group Deoran in Norway, and in 2003 they started the Naheddi project with Amir Saion.
Hassan Mahdi: (Iraq) He was an apprentice with many of the most skilful Oud players for 7 years in his home town Basra. There he played with the most famous musicians, also on Darbuka. He has been playing Djembe with music groups in Kinsarvik, where he lived for a period when he first came to Norway. In the summer of 2004 he joined the Naheddi project in Bergen, where he has been playing with Amir for some time.
Amir Saion: (Iraq): He is educated at the Academy of Music in Baghdad where he played the Darbuka since he was 12 years old and the Oud with Nacer Shema from the age of 15. Amir has been a professional musician since the age of 17. He has participated in innumerable festivals in Iraq and in The Middle East and taken part in recordings with great musicians. He also tutors students on the Oud and Darbuka in Iraq, Jordan and Norway. Amir joined the group Syndikaina in Bergen in 2000, for which he composes and arranges music. (www.syndikaina.com). Through the Syndikaina he got to know Adama Barry, and in 2003 he took part in the Naheddi-project as well.