Crossing Borders, Uniting Rhythms: English Pen and Arts Canteen present an evening of spoken word and music with a focus on freedom of expression in issues around identity, art, music and free speech.
Amira Kheir, Queen Of The Sudanese Desert: Hailed as the ‘Diva of the Sudanese desert’ Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir has been enchanting audiences around the world with a sound inspired by traditional music from her homeland Sudan and anchored in experimental Jazz and Soul. The result is a unique style of ‘Sudani-Jazz’ that gives tasters of Sudan’s rich musical heritage of distinctive Saharan blues and Sufi music whilst being reflective of the artist’s key Jazz and Soul musical upbringing; whilst exploring themes of home, belonging and transcendental spirituality.
Sumurun (One Arabian Night) + Live Score by Amira Kheir: This ‘brilliant’ (NY Times) fantasy-drama classic of forbidden love is brought to life by acclaimed vocalist-composer Kheir, fusing contemporary jazz and East African music with a live band. A pioneering collaboration by renowned director Ernst Lubitsch and early Hollywood superstar Negri, Sumurun follows the adventures of a rebellious slave girl in the court of a tyrannical Sheik. Singer, musician and songwriter of Sudanese origin, Amira Kheir has won critical acclaim for her debut album and international appearances
Amira Kheir: Arts Canteen & Rich Mix present the ‘Diva of the Sudanese desert’ (Journal du Mali) Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir; whose musical sounds are inspired by traditional music from her homeland Sudan and blended with elements of Jazz, Soul, East and West African as well as Middle Eastern music.