Folk of the World celebrates the beauty, richness and diversity of music from refugee cultures and raises awareness of the challenges refugees and asylum seekers face in the UK.
A Senegalese musician descended from a Griot family line of percussionists and singers. A talented percussionist and former member of l’Orchestre National du Senegal, who has now forged his own identity as a singer, songwriter, and multi instrumentalist drawing on the traditional music and rhythms of West Africa
his June will be the 21st Refugee Week, taking place across the UK. It’s one of the biggest arts festivals in the country, a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. There are also international events in Australia, Europe and beyond.
Celebrating unity in diversity with their 4th CD release ‘Saraba Sufiyana’’ (Mystic Utopia) Rafiki Jazz music is ‘a love-letter to this intricate world in all its beauty and complexity’ and features at its heart the compelling vocal quartet of Sufi Sarah Yaseen, Hebrew-Hindi singer-songwriter Avital Raz, Egyptian master-musician Mina Salama and Senegalese griot Kadialy Kouyate.
European Youth Music Refugee Choirs are brand new for 2018, reflecting the same ethos of international friendship through high quality music making. Their first concert will be held at Leicester Cathedral.
St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG 30 June, 8pm Rachel Beckles Willson – vocals, oud Francesco Iannuzzelli – guitar, oud, rubab Ciro Montanari – tabla Kostas Tsarouchis – double bass Evgenios Voulgaris – yayli tanbur What connects the stories of a Gambian rapper, an exiled Italian writer and an […]
V&A, Gallery 4 – The Globe, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL Four members of Freedom from Torture’s creative writing group ‘Write to Life’ share their moving, surprising and darkly humorous stories in prose and song. A musical journey to London from Cuba, Burundi, Uganda and Iran, with stories of what was lost and gained on […]
A concert featuring the premier of I am Swimming by composer Nigel Osborne, with accompanying film, that charts the journey of a refugee using the words of child refugees that Nigel has met and worked with through his work with SAWA, a charity in Lebanon working with Syrian refugees.