Arabology 13.2 Podcast Highlights Shubbak Festival 2019, Ft Interviews with Bu Kolthoum, Khansa, Juliana Yazbeck

Listen at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/shubbak

Dr. Ramzi Salti's latest Arabology program (June 2019)  highlights the upcoming Shubbak Festival in England (June 28-July 14) by featuring interviews with Bu Kolthoum (17:59), Khansa (37:05), and Juliana Yazbeck (59:01)--all of whom will be performing at the Festival.
This episode also features an interview with MARSM's Christina Hazboun (8:56) who talks to us about the venue.  More info and/or tickets at marsm.co.uk or www.shubbak.co.uk

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Shubbak (meaning ‘window’ in Arabic) is London’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture. Shubbak has become a key moment in the arts calendar of the UK and the Arab World, bringing new and unexpected voices alongside established artists to new audiences every two years. This year’s festival takes place in London from 28 June–14 July 2019. Tickets are on sale now at marsm.co.uk or www.shubbak.co.uk




MORE INFO ABOUT EVENTS AT THIS YEAR's SHUBBAK FESTIVAL


The Trace of The Butterfly
Tribute to Legend Rim Banna (1966 - 2018)

 

A pivotal and influential figure in the contemporary Palestinian music scene, Rim Banna’s life was tragically cut short in March 2018 after a ten year struggle with breast cancer. She left behind a rich legacy of 12 albums, made of her own compositions and the careful assembling of traditional songs, children’s lullabies and works of Palestinian poets. Her last work was materialised as a tapestry of voice and music over visual materials from her x-ray scans. Now - a unique commemoration concert debuts at the Barbican by some of her closest musical peers: Tania Saleh (Lebanon) Faraj Suleiman (Palestine), Bu Kolthoum (Syria) and Sabrine Janhani (Tunis).


Date: Tuesday 9th July 2019
Where: Barbican Hall
Time: 8-10:30 pm
Infos & Tickets
          Barbican / Shubbak 
About the Project:

This project was conceived by MARSM in conjunction with Shubbak Festival in an attempt to commemorate the works of Rim Banna and spread knowledge and awareness of her legacy within the Palestinian cultural and musical heritage. The project, which was made possible by the generous efforts of partners and funders brings together an elite of musicians who worked and collaborated with Rim Banna throughout her lifetime. Inspired by Rim’s life and works, they have created a treasure of music reflecting on those experiences. 

About the Artists:

Rim Banna Listen/ Watch/ Read/ Facebook  

Rim was born and raised in Nazareth and studied music professionally in Moscow. She was one of the first musicians to document children’s music and lullabies taking them from the confines of closed rooms to the outside world in 3 albums. She also wove the poetry of giants such as Mahmoud Darwish, Tawfiq Zayyad and Samih El-Qasem into her songs, blending pop, poetry and traditional Arabic sounds, Rim Banna became a voice for peace and equality, collaborating with the likes of jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, Norwegian choir Skruk and Arabic electronica collective Checkpoint 303. Her last album “Voices of Resistance” was a conceptual piece of art uniting her spirit of resistance, poetry and medical scans with Checkpoint 303’s electronic beats and Bugge Wesseltoft’s edgy piano improvisations.

Tania Saleh Listen/ Watch/ Read/ Facebook  
Tania Saleh is a contemporary alternative Lebanese singer/songwriter/visual artist. Her lyrics mirror the reality of the Lebanese/Arab social and political turmoil. Since her early debut in 1990, she has experimented with various genres, always challenging herself to explore new styles. Her collaborations are very eclectic: Ziad Rahbany, Toufic Farroukh, Issam Hajali, Charbel Rouhana, Ibrahim Maalouf, Rayess Bek, Khaled Mouzannar, RZA, Nile Rodgers, Charlotte Caffey, Tarek El Nasser, Natasha Atlas and more. 

Tania Saleh created a special mural to commemorate Rim Banna and produced a video with music of the whole process. The video can be viewed here.

Faraj Suleiman Listen/ Watch/ Read/ Facebook  

One of the most promising musicians of the Arab world, Suleiman is a Palestinian composer and pianist whose music is strongly influenced by Arabic/Eastern melodies and rhythms. He often incorporates those scales and modalities in his compositions. In addition to being inspired by his Arabic culture, he is also influenced by Tango and Jazz traditions. 

Bu Kolthoum Listen/ Watch/ Read/ Facebook

Born in Damascus to a family of sufi background, Bu Kolthoum is a rapper, music producer, and film director who has been revolutionizing political rap in the Middle East. His 2017 album Bo’Bo’ was completely produced, mixed, and mastered by him. His sound can easily be distinguished amongst other Middle Eastern rappers because of the old-school sound accompanied by tearing bass-lines.

Sabrine Jenhani Listen/ Watch/ Read/ Facebook

Originally a fine artist and painter, Sabrine graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Tunis, but discovered early on her passion for singing and writing. She started off as a singer in rock to move onto jazz singing at famous clubs in Tunis. She imbibed her inspiration from her work in the Tunisian capital while slowly exploring the underground scene there. She went on to become an icon of music through her first project in the group YUMA. Sabrine today composes her own music and writes her lyrics and is working on her latest project named "ZAY" which she released in January 2019.

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