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Date: Tuesday 9th July 2019
Where: Barbican Hall
Time: 8-10:30 pm
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.