Jazz Cafe + Habibi Funk Present Ziad Rahbani: A very special occasion which will be the first London show in over 25 years for one of the undisputed icons of Middle Eastern 20th century music, the great Ziad Rahbani. A maverick figure who has never been too far from public controversy, Rahbani has nevertheless remained a key part of the Lebanese music scene at large thanks to his tireless piano playing and compositions that owe as much to classical music as they do to jazz.
Acid Arab (DJ Set): Absorbing myriad musical influences from oriental and Arabic to Turkish and Indian, Acid Arab's Musique De France won them legions of admirers including Gilles Peterson, who invited the duo to perform live at the Worldwide Awards last year. Their electric live show shook a sold out Jazz Cafe last year, and now they return for a go behind the wheels in the booth!
Yasmine Hamdan @JazzCafe: Lebanese singer-songwriter Yasmine Hamdan is one of the most groundbreaking musicians in the Arab world, thanks in part to her work in the electronic indie band Soapkills, and to her solo music which has become the soundtrack to the vibrant, young arts scene which developed in postwar Lebanon. Her solo material has proved sleeker and more sophisticated over two albums: Ya Nass (Hey People), and the dreamy electronica of Al Jamilat (The Beautiful Ones), released on Crammed Discs, a label also home to the likes of Acid Arab and Baloji.
Habibi Funk + Flamingods (DJ Set): Jannis Stürtz heads record label 'Habibi Funk' which focuses on reissuing 60's-80's Arab funk and electronic records. His latest release is a bumper compilation titled ‘Habibi Funk 007: An Eclectic Selection of Music From the Arab World’. As seen on his recent Boiler Room set in Lebanon, he jumps between rare Arab 45’s, hip hop and disco during his DJ sets. Joining him are the rambunctious party starters Flamingods.
47Soul at Jazz Cafe: 47Soul is the electro Arabic dabke (shamstep) band formed in Amman Jordan in 2013 that rapidly amassed fans in the Arab world and Europe by blasting the electric Arabic Dabke sound with analog synthesizers, hypnotic guitar lines, and shattering verses from the four singers. Every 47Soul show ends in relentless dance and trance from all parties involved. Their lyrics, mixing Arabic and English, call for celebration and freedom in the struggle for equality, inside Bilad Al Sham and throughout the world.
Alsarah & The Nubatones: Alsarah & The Nubatones came together out of a collective love for Nubian music and a genuine belief that Soul transcends all cultural and linguistic barriers. Inspired by the pentatonic scale they blend a selection of Nubian 'songs of return' from the 1970 till today with original material and traditional music of central Sudan. Their set is a musical journey through diaspora and migration from an urban lens.