Karama is an exciting London-based band, led by Moroccan Oud player Soufian Saihi. His compositions are based around oud, clarinet, double bass and percussion. Finding inspiration from the beautiful ecstatic Gnawa, North African and Arabic classical music as well as the diverse sounds of London streets during his busking experience, the music wonders brilliantly through diverse sonic landscapes that range from Tinariwen to Alice Coltrane, superbly funky and beautifully melodic......
With members from Venezuela, Spain, Japan, Morocco and the UK, Karama is an utterly unique experience.
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Hafla on the Square
Join the party!
Arts Canteen & Hammersmith London are proudly producing Shubbak's opening weekend: a free celebration of music, stories, film and activities. Hafla means 'party'.
There will be a music stage with international and UK-based bands playing popular Arab an fusion music, an outdoor screen with short films and activities.
Bring your friends and family. Sit down and relax while listening to music, dance to our DJ's set showcasing the latest Arab sounds, learn to play the table (Arabic drum), catch a film and sip a coffee. Just two minutes from Hammersmith station, Hafla takes over one of London's popular squares for a fresh look at the culture of the Arab world.
Friday 5th July 2013 @ Rich Mix London
Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture. 22 June – 6 July 2013. A festival held every two years in London that presents outstanding artists and cultural events from across the Arab world. Shubbak (meaning ‘window’ in Arabic) offers people everywhere the opportunity to engage with and develop a greater understanding of Arab culture in all its forms. - London
Hijaz - a Belgium-based six-piece jazz fusion with a warm melodic and distinctly cosmopolitan sound. Built around the ‘oud and the piano, their work is a heady mix of musical influences drawn from the Arab World and Europe. This is ensemble work at its best, with each musician and artist cleverly balanced against each other in a cultural paste of musical spices. Jazz might have grown out of the West African/European melting pot, but here it feels very much at home in this Mediterranean setting......
RESILIENCE AND LIGHT
11 April – 18 May 2013
Private View : Thursday 9th May 2013 @ 18.00pm
Studio 3 Gallery
Jarman Building School of Arts
University of Kent
Canterbury CT2 7UG
The exhibition will be located in the debate about the encounter between western art and that from the Arab world. It will explore the questions asked in the encounter about the resilience of the artist and the broader society to the legacy and contemporary reality of colonial occupation. How does the artist overcome, respond to and work within the weave of these realities? Does the insistence of this question continue to marginalise the work of artists from the Arab world, “othering” them; does it allow them to address universal themes casting light on them, or has globalisation stripped away the very traditions that allow this work to maintain a distinctive identity?.....
‘7- 28 December 2012 @ Rich Mix 35 - 47 Bethnel Green Road, London E1 6LA.
Despite’ presents a selection of the vibrant and engaged work of a group of artists from Palestine, a troubled place that has been subject to a seismic history with more than a fair share of injustice and violence in all its forms. The consequences of this history continue into the present with inadequate proposals for unrealisable solutions, while an ongoing military and political occupation manifests itself through oppression and control and assumes it is above any international codes of practice or law.Cultural life and artistic practice could have been destroyed by this, but they have proven remarkably resilient. Despite – maybe even because of – the situation, visual artists in and from Palestine have never stopped producing thought provoking works and there is a compelling desire and need for creative expression to counter the violence and to celebrate and affirm life, vitality and hope.
Curated by Aser El Saqqa and Nicola Gray.