Iness Mezel: Performing as part of the thirteenth London African Music Festival, Iness Mezel has been developing a fusion musical identity that is firmly rooted in her dual culture since 1995. With a French-Italian mother and father of Algerian Berber origin, she grew up in Algeria and France. After classical musical studies - singing, piano- she went on to learn jazz improvisation and various singing styles different from the Berber style like African (Elik Tara) and classical-contemporary (Tamia). Her work broadens the traditional concept of Berber music by opening up onto a harmonic space, in which the melodies make child’s play of the major and minor modes, thus giving her music a touch of jazz or blues, unusual phrasing. Taking place on 21 September, 2015 at The Tabernacle, 35 Powis Square, London W11 2AY.