MAWEAF Multimedia Arts Festival (Algeria Edition): An exciting showcase of the underground art scene of Africa’s largest country, Algeria, comes in full force to London with a spellbinding contemporary showcase of theatre, photography, design, workshops and feature films. Little known in the UK, and significantly under-represented across British cultural scenes, this programming will take on Algeria’s multi-faceted reality in which the participating artists have grown and developed their work.
Wonho Chung’s Stand-Up Comedy Show: The award-winning and critically acclaimed stand-up comedian Wonho Chung will be performing this special gig. Born to South Korean and Vietnamese parents in Saudi Arabia, he grew up in Jordan where he learnt to speak Arabic fluently. His unique Asian-Arab perspective and bilingual charm allows him to deliver astute cultural commentary; and, for the past ten years, he has been turning heads and invoking laughter wherever he goes.
47Soul Balfron Promise Launch: Blasting and dancing their way through the Arabic music scene, the four members of the 47Soul have electrically reshaped the boundaries of contemporary underground music. Their infectious take on dabke, with piercing synthesisers, ‘Mijwez’ melodies, dance drums and resonating vocals has rapidly amassed them fans around the world. The product of a three year residency in London, the 'Balfron Promise' is their first full-length album and an elaboration on the highly successful debut EP the 'Sham Step'.
Rock [Beats] Chaabi - El Morabba3 & Islam Chipsy: Challenging the lines between Rock, electronica, beats and Chaabi, this double bill brings together the euphoric sounds of Jordan’s El Morabba3 with the enthralling pulse of Egypt’s Islam Chipsy. Vital players in the urban Chaabi scene, Islam Chipsy are at the forefront of what has traditionally been regarded as Egyptian working-class celebration music. With their success now rippling far beyond the backstreets of their native Cairo, their charismatically frantic sets have remolded the appeal of live Chaabi performance.
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.
Arabic Stand Up Comedy With Adi Khalifa: Adi Khalifa is a Palestinian stand-up comedian from Nazareth. He has performed in multiple comedy festivals around the world, opening for and participating with renowned comedians such as Bassem Youssef, Maz Jobrani and Nemr Abou Nassar at the Dubai Comedy Festival and the Arab Network Comedy Festival. His latest show 'Billiat' has been inspired by his personal, social and political experiences in the past decade.
Yasmine Hamdan: Yasmine Hamdan will be presenting material from her second solo album 'Al Jamilat' in which she continues to explore a personal modern take on Arabic pop music, as well as looking at the mutations at work within the Arab world. Whilst Hamdan's vocals are definitely connected to traditions of Arabic music - to which she takes an unconventional and fresh approach- the structures and arrangements of the songs are very remote from its codes and take in elements from contemporary Western electronic, pop and folk music.
N3rdistan Concert + Party: Standing at the border of oriental-beat and urban electronic music, N3rdistan electrifies a timeless and outraged poetry that bridges the generation gap and stirs up elders and young against persistent and unchanged forms of oppression. N3rdistan twists vibrations, subtly blends tones and fuses powerful beats and saturated basses with the deep melodies of koras and fula flutes.
The Case of Arabic Hip-Hop (5th Edition): Presenting some of the Arab world’s finest hip-hop and underground artists and music, these nights are dedicated to celebrate the lyrics, message and spirit that has helped launch this contemporary Arabic music scene onto a global platform. For one night only, the artists and DJs will come together in London for a spectacular performance showcasing the finest hip-hop and rhythms the Arab world has to offer.
Lowkey UK Tour 2016: After a four-year break from the stage, the award winning rapper and political activist Lowkey is back for an exclusive UK tour - releasing new music alongside his well known material from his highly acclaimed previous albums. Lowkey, who began to rap at the age of twelve and first got noticed following a series of mixtapes, gained a broader coverage with the release of his first album titled 'Dear Listener' in 2009.