AWAN Festival - A Musical Journey: Hosted by Arts Canteen as part of the Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN) Festival, the evening will feature the excellence of Palestinian singer, musician, musicologist and broadcaster Reem Kelani. She will be accompanied by Bruno Heinen on piano with a line-up of other prominent Arab women musicians, including: Reham (singer-songwriter of mixed Kuwaiti and Iraqi origins whose music is inspired by a desert upbringing), Nadine Khouri (guitar), Lilia Hosn (keys), Christelle Madani (soprano) and Najib Coutya.
Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN) Festival: Hosted by Arts Canteen, this is a one-day pilot festival coinciding with International Women’s Day and will be a showcase for exceptionally talented Arab women artists working in the UK; to increase the visibility of their work to new audiences and to celebrate their achievements. The day will include spoken word, music and an exhibition of contemporary art and film. There will also be panel discussions on the challenges faced by the artists and free open workshops during the day to encourage participation and engagement.
47Soul UK Tour: 47Soul is an electro-dabke, shamstep, chobi band formed in Amman Jordan in 2013, with members rooted in Bilad Al Sham, from Amman to the Galilee, the Golan Heights to Ramallah.
Emel Mathoulthi: Gifted with a powerful, melodic voice singing rebellious lyrics about social justice, Tunisian singer, songwriter and guitarist Emel Mathlouthi has been hailed as the ‘The Joan Baez of Tunisia’ and the ‘Fairuz of this Generation’. Her captivating style fuses rock and folk with oriental and trip hop influences. The range of Mathlouthi’s eclectic tonality is stimulated by musicians from around the world. Inspired by Marcel Khalife and influenced by Bjork, she has recorded with Tricky and performed with Dead Can Dance.
My City, My Revolution: Based on an academic-personal essay written by Nesreen Hussein, this performance explores a woman’s fractured journey where the act of walking triggers the multiple narratives engrained in the fabric of a city; and, where a city becomes the site of displacement and alternative revolutions. In a multi-layered form of storytelling that synthesizes physical performance, film and spoken text, 'My City, My Revolution' weaves autobiographical and historical narratives that stem from the experience of an Egyptian woman living a revolution that redefines her
'Arabs Are Not Funny!' Night of Comedy: A new wave of stand-up comedians representing the Arab World is arriving on the London comedy scene. 'Arabs Are Not Funny' is an opportunity to showcase their talents. The headliners are high-energy, affable Welsh-Egyptian comedian Omar Hamdi and Somali-British born stand-up and actor Prince Abdi. Organised by Arts Canteen, the night will be hosted by Tunisian comedian, Marouen Mraihi on 17 January, 2015 at Rich MIx, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA. EVENT SOLD OUT!
Attab Haddad Quintet: With his top-flight ensemble, Oud virtuoso Attab Haddad blends Andalusian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern sounds with contemporary jazz approaches to create story-like compositions with the breadth of the Sahara and the intricacy of the Alhambra Palace. He will be performing with special guest renowned Flamenco guitarist Ramon Ruiz. Hosted by Arts Canteen, the concert takes place on 19 December, 2014 at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.
Mosaiques Festival 2014: Cutting edge contemporary French Arabic and African music will be presented on this one night at the Rich Mix. Beginning with Debademba, a Malian group formed from the magical encounter of guitarist Abdoulaye Traore and Malian singer Mohamed Diaby. This will be followed by Temenik Electric (Arabic Rock) from the vibrant city of Marseille. A flamboyant band, led by singer-songwriter Mehdi Haddjeri, their sound is rooted in Algerian with Gnawa and Chaabi influences.
Hijaz (EFG London Jazz Festival): Hijaz is an Arabic musical scale but also holds a clear reference to jazz. Based around the dialogue between the oud and the piano, Hijaz is a close quartet exploring differences and similarities in cultures in order to create harmony, warmth and musical beauty. Formed in in 2004, and sprung from the collaboration between Tunisian master oud player Moufadhel Adhoum and Greek-Belgian pianist Niko Deman, Hijaz is the marriage of the Western piano with the Middle Eastern oud.
DAM, Katibeh 5, Rafeef Ziadah: A concert with DAM, the first Palestinian hip-hop crew and among the first to rap in Arabic, offering a unique fusion of East and West combining Arabic percussion rhythms, Middle Eastern melodies and urban hip-hop. To be joined by Katibeh 5 (another hip-hop group who continue to break the barrier of silence with evocative lyrics that speak to the realities of Palestinian struggles in the diaspora) and Rafeef Ziadah, who is a Palestinian poet and human rights activist.