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Celebrating Sanctuary London 2014, Southbank, June 15

Posted on June 6th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Words by Amar Dhillon

Celebrating Sanctuary London returns to the Southbank at Bernie Spain Gardens on June 15 

The annual free festival – regularly drawing crowds of more than 20,000 people – will launch Refugee Week UK with a bang. Featuring live music, dance, comedy, art installations, poetry and spoken word, workshops and food, Celebrating Sanctuary is a monument to, and showcase of, the artistic talent and cultural contribution of refugees in London. Also to look forward to this year are exclusive collaborations that bring together the sounds of Ethiopia and Poland, Syria and the UK.

Afrikan Boy – (Nigeria/UK) the grime MC known for pairing Nigerian beats with London bass. Following the internet-hit ‘Lidl’, the London MC has appeared on MIA’s album Kala, collaborated with DJ Shadow on what Zane Lowe termed ‘hottest record in the world’ and is now working on a debut LP.

Somali Party Southall – (India/UK, Somalia/UK) ‘Little India meets Little Mogadishu’ in the percussion of Kuljit Bhamra MBE and voice of Abdulkarim Raas, fusing Panjabi beats with Swahili vocals.

Rafiki Jazz – (Brazil, Gambia, Mauritius, Senegal, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, UK) Self-defining as ‘where beatbox meets berimbau and Brazil greets Banjul’, this eclectic collective will present their second album At Kriol Junction with their newest member, spoken word artist Sister Elements.

Katy Carr + Haymanot Tesfa – (Poland/UK, Ethiopia) Musician and songwriter Katy Carr has released four albums with her group, Katy Carr and the Aviators. Haymanot has garnered a reputation for her soulful voice and Ethiopian Jazz style since coming to the UK. This exclusive collaboration will explore personal narratives as well as cultural influences.

Gabby Young and Other Animals + Jewan Mohammed – (UK, Syria) Gabby Young’s personal genre of circus swing meets Kurdish vocalist and versatile musician Jewan Mohammed in a truly unique venture. A member of the migrant and refugee group The Crossings Band, Mohammed has already performed with various celebrated Syrian artists.

Click here to full details.

Afrikan Boy – ‘Hit Em Up’

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June 2014: Top 10 UK Live Events

Posted on June 6th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

We’ve compiled a list of the top ten concerts happening this June to help make sure you don’t miss out on this month’s best shows.

Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté – Tour


Toumani and Sidiki round off their UK and Europe wide tour this June with nine more dates, culminating with a main stage appearance at Glastonbury. Their new album takes a modern look at Mande classics from Mali and is a great document of these two kora masters. This tour is a rare opportunity to see the father and son duo performing together, so don’t miss out!

Across the UK and Europe, June 1-29. More info.


Songlines Encounters Festival


This year’s three-day festival features some wonderful performances from Songlines Newcomers Family Atlantica, Anna Phoebe, Iranian kamancheh maestro Kayhan KalhorÇiğdem Aslan, and a UK debut for Romanian singer Oana Cătălina Chiţu. Each day will also feature a free performance in the King’s Place foyer.

Where & When: Kings Place, London, June 5-7. More info.


Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin – Tour


The folk duo, who released the incredible Mynd at the tail-end of last year, will tour the UK this June.

Where & When: Across the UK, June 6-29. More info.


Martin & Eliza Carthy – Tour

The father and daughter of British folk will tour the UK this June in support of their first ever album together as a duo The Moral of the Elephant. A stripped back affair predominantly featuring Martin’s guitar and Eliza’s fiddle playing, it was released on June 2. The tour starts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

Where & When: Across the UK, June 6-29.


Field Day 2014


This year’s affair at Victoria Park in East London is headlined by Metronomy on the Saturday and alt-rock band The Pixies on the Sunday. It’s all about the acts playing in the afternoon, though, with Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt 80 (pictured) performing on the Eat Your Own Ears stage, and Syrian wedding singer Omar Souleyman set to perform, too (both Saturday).

Where & When: Victoria Park, London June 7-8. More info.


Doolin Folk Festival


Set in the grounds of Hotel Doolin in County Clare, the Doolin Folk Festival will play host to the best artists from Ireland’s incredibly rich folk scene. Headed up by Irish-American five-piece Solas (pictured), there will also be performances from Damien Dempsey and Kíla.

Where & When: Doolin, Co. Clare, Ireland, June 13-15. More info.


Celebrating Sanctuary

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As part of Refugee Week in London (June 15-22), Celebrating Sanctuary features arts, crafts, and music from refugees living in England and beyond. The free afternoon event features music from Polish-British singer Katy Carr and Ethio-jazz artist Haymanot Tesfa, and a performance from Afrikan Boy, whose album ABCD is out later this year.

Where & When: Bernie Spain Gardens, London June 15. More info.


Midsummer Terrace Party with Fatima


The Prince of Wales in Brixton plays host to Swedish songstress Fatima and the Eglo Live Band. The rooftop party also sees Kartel  DJs Bagheera and Moyo bring Afro-electronic flavours to proceedings.

Where & When: Prince of Wales, Brixton, June 21. More info.


Africa Oyé


One of Songlines’ Top 10 UK Summer Festivals, Africa O has an incredibly vibrant line-up, and is set in the beautiful surroundings of Sefton Park. The festival is headlined by MOBO award-winning artist Finley Quaye, and other acts appearing across the weekend include Joe Driscoll & Sekou KouyatéJupiter and Okwess International (pictured), and reggae group Misty in Roots.

Where & When: Sefton Park, Liverpool, June 21-22. More info.


World City Music Village 2014


The 12-day celebration of London’s rich diaspora will see performances from artists hailing from Africa, South America, the Middle East and the Balkans. There are performances all over London including the festival weekend at Osterley House in Middlesex, which features performances from the fantastic Dele Sosimi and his Afrobeat Orchestra, Afghani tabla player Yusuf Mahmoud (pictured), and Guinean ensemble Wuntanra.

Where & When: Across London, June 25-July 6. More info.

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Africa Special! Refugee Week UK

Posted on June 7th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Diabel Cissokho

East London plays host to an exciting showcase of African talent this month 

This June during Refugee Week (June 16-23), Celebrating Sanctuary and dynamic London-based promoters Focus Organization have given visitors a special opportunity to enjoy some of Africa’s most exciting music at London’s Rich Mix on June 21.

Africa Special! will celebrate the contributions of African communities to the capital, featuring performances from two of London’s most prized African acts – Harare and Diabel Cissokho, as well as a DJ set from self proclaimed king of British Afro-eccentrics AJ Holmes.

Harare, formed by ex-Bhundu Boys member Kudaushe Matimba, have been crowned as one of London’s most compelling Zimbabwean dance bands. They will be rousing the audience with a blend of styles, ranging from jit jive to traditional hypnotic mbira rhythms. Senegalese Diabel is now well established in the UK following a long successful stint as Baaba Maal’s kora player, and performances at Glastonbury and WOMAD.

Africa Special! is sure to serve as a symbolic reminder to all of the effect African culture has had on our society. 

Date: Friday June 21 (7pm – 1am)
Venue: Rich Mix
Tickets: £5 Adv, £7 OTD Available Here

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Celebrating Sanctuary London Festival 2013

Posted on May 27th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Etran Finatawa

Celebrating Sanctuary returns as part of Refugee Week

Returning to London this year is the highly anticipated Celebrating Sanctuary London Festival (June 16, 21 & 23). Once again, the festival kick starts Refugee Week (June 17-23)

The annual free festival celebrates the artistic heritage of the UK’s refugee communities – shedding light on their contributions and their influence on cultural life in the capital. For the first time, this year’s Celebrating Sanctuary not only launches Refugee Week, it also returns to Bernie Gardens on the Southbank and to Rich Mix throughout the week. Last year’s festival played host to over 25,000 visitors, with this year looking set to exceed those numbers. 

Headliners this year include:

Etran Finatawa (Niger) Featured in the upcoming issue (July 2013, #93) the African desert-blues four piece come together in solidarity with Celebrating Sanctuary to raise awareness on turbulent political climate in the Sahel region, whilst sharing its rich musical heritage. 

Sam Carter & Lucky Moyo (UK/Zimbabwe) An exciting collaboration between BBC Folk Award winner Sam Carter and Zimbabwean Lucky Moyo, whose choral music draws inspiration from his travels throughout 30 countries – he will be joined by his six-piece African choir. 

Lokkhi Terra (UK) Spanning the sounds of Bangladeshi folk and Cuban rumba, the London based fusion band treat listeners to a melting pot of sounds inspired by the musician’s varying backgrounds. Lokkhi Terra will also be playing at this years Songlines Encounters Festival (June 8) at Kings Place. 

Katy Carr (UK) Nominated for her latest album at the Songlines Music Awards 2013, Katy graces Celebrating Sanctuary with her band The Aviators, telling a musical story to the audience that evokes  an emotional response to the struggle of being a Polish refugee in WWII.

Yiddish Twist Orchestra (UK) Multi-cultural magpies Ben Mandelson and Natty Bo invite us on a journey through London’s diverse musical history; including ventures into klezmer from the East End’s Jewish population, calypso from London’s West Indian communities and rock’n’roll – all with a dash of Latin dance music. 

The Embassy of Refugees (UK) A dramatic art installation by London architect Natasha Reid; the curved timber pavilion inspired by a tree canopy’s natural refuge will host a series of talks that explore the issues surrounding ‘sanctuary’ in art, history and politics. 

More details and announcements will be announced on June 13 on their website

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