Temenik Electric: From the vibrant multi-cultural melting pot of Marseille in France, comes the flamboyant Arabic rock band that straddles both sides of the Mediterranean. Led by singer and main songwriter Mehdi Haddjeri, their sound is quintessentially rooted in the spirit of North Africa with Algerian, gnawa and chaabi influences in their compositions, mixed with Western rock.
The two men, both from Gaza, have been in collaboration for quite some time, as El Saqqa has also organised two previous shows for Joha in the United Kingdom. The last one, held in Durham in 2014, was under the theme of ‘Traces and Revelation’s, where Joha’s work was alongside that of another Gazan artist and friend Hazem Harb. So I spent an hour with the two passionate men, as Joha talked me through the artworks and El Saqqa expressed his hopes for the exhibition.
Iness Mezel: Iness Mezel has perfect credentials for a fusion artist with a French-Italian mother and an Algerian father. Her background includes listening to disco and funk and studying the piano, singing and jazz improvisation. Importantly, she came to the attention of Justin Adams, a fines exponent of African-blues fusion styles, who has produced the set to be performed and provided much of the instrumental work on guitar, banjo and the north African gimbri lute. Mezel wrote all the songs, which are in French and north African berber-amazigh.
Music From Egypt + Sudan (5) - Alsarah + The Nubatones: Presented by MARSM UK, this is part of a new captivating musical showcase in the heart of London to celebrate Egypt's and Sudan’s most vibrant and inspiring artists. A journey from traditional folklore to alternative rock, retro-pop to roots and more.
Music From Egypt + Sudan (3) - The Egyptian Project: Presented by MARSM UK, this is part of a new captivating musical showcase in the heart of London to celebrate Egypt's and Sudan’s most vibrant and inspiring artists. A journey from traditional folklore to alternative rock, retro-pop to roots and more.
47Soul at London Remixed Festival: 47Soul is the electro-mijwez, shamstep and choubi band with its members rooted in Bilad Al-Sham.
EFG London Jazz Festival 2015: The EFG London Jazz Festival is the capital's biggest pan-city music festival, taking place annually in November, which has long been acclaimed for showcasing a heady mix of talent from around the world. Bringing over 2,000 international artists and altogether 300 gigs it takes place across 50 London venues.
'When Mariam Cries', Book Launch: Mariam Michtawi is a Lebanese-Syrian poet, writer and teacher. In 2013, she was confronted with the tragic loss of her young son who died of cancer, when the separation deeply affected her writings and inspired her to support and fundraise for children affected by the illness. Michtawi's earlier source of poetic inspiration was evoked also through the disparate experience of her son when he was dealing with the illness; when she remained with him for a year and a half at the Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Green Caravan Film Festival (GCFF): The traveling festival for social and environmental films comes to London from its Gulf headquarters for the first time. It will present a mix of feature length and short films, all chosen for their vital messages and the high quality of storytelling.
Maryam Saleh & Zeid Hamdan + El Far3i: Described as a magnetic collaboration, Maryam Saleh & Zeid Hamdan is an experimental musical partnership between Egyptian singer and songwriter Maryam Saleh, who is a powerful voice for her generation, and the pioneering electro-music producer Zeid Hamdan, who has also been named as the 'godfather of Lebanese underground music'. In 2012 the duo played their brand of Arabic trip-hop together in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Europe - including London, Rome, Paris and Amsterdam - having developed their own blend of traditional Arabic