Bahraini singer songwriter Ala Ghawas is preparing to break out of the island, with news his debut album is going on sale across the region. Armor topped sales charts on the island at Virgin Megastores for three weeks following its release late last year. Now the shopping chain has agreed to roll the release out across the region, with copies set to land in stores from Doha to Dubai at the time of press. We were so impressed with the news we not only caught up with Ala on page 61, but were inspired to go looking for more musical success stories, which is how this month’s regional music round-up on page 22 began. Grab some headphones and get stuck in.