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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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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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Celtic Connections Round 2

Posted on January 17th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Following on from yesterday’s blog, here are some more Celtic Connections recommendations for the latter half of the festival.

The Angolan-Portuguese DJ Pedro Coquenão, aka Batida (pictured left, photo by Manuel Lino), released his debut album on the hip Soundway label (a Top of the World in #84) and he’ll be supporting French Gypsy-swingers Caravan Palace (January 24, O2 ABC).

The premiere of a sea-themed collaboration, Dán, by some top-notch Celtic and Breton musicians including band members from Kan and Guidewires and Gaelic singer Alyth McCormack (January 24, Old Fruitmarket).

Burns Night sees a specially-commissioned evening of music, courtesy of Scots Trad Music Award-winners Breabach and Kathleen MacInnes, together with Blazin’ Fiddles and Dougie MacLean (January 25, Concert Hall).

If anyone has mastered the art of cloning, it’ll come in very handy for the night of January 26 when there are no less than 13 artists who I’d go and see without any hesitation. They include: Sarah Jarosz, Baloji, Katy Carr, The Be Good Tanyas, The Halton Quartet, Mike McGoldrick’s band and Duncan Chisholm (whose latest release Affric was one of my favourite albums of 2012) (Various venues).

Last issue’s cover star Bassekou Kouyaté and his band Ngoni ba team up with fellow Malians Sidi Touré and Tamikrest for Sahara Soul (January 27, Concert Hall).

The Radio 2 Folk Awards will be broadcast live from Glasgow for the first time, hosted by Julie Fowlis and Mark Radcliffe, plus performances by some of the winners (January 30, Concert Hall).

Songlines faves Anda Union are bound to go down a treat in Glasgow. They’re on the same billing as the equally impressive Frigg who have a Top of the World review in the next issue, #90 (January 30, Old Fruitmarket).

The highly-acclaimed Scottish singer Karine Polwart and US stars Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer (also with a Top of the World in #90) (February 2, City Halls).

The final day sees singer-songwriter and guitarist Sorren Maclean from Mull take part in the New Voices initiative that showcases new talent (February 3, Mitchell Theatre).

On top of all that, there are workshops galore, an open stage and a late-night festival club – so many reasons why I wouldn’t want to be heading anywhere else this month. Now, how quickly can I get myself up to Glasgow…

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