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Royal Albert Hall & Songlines Magazine present ‘Beyond the Beat’, an exhibition of global music photography
We’ve always said at Songlines that music is a window on the world and that’s made clear at a unique exhibition of world music photography to be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall in April. All 13 exhibiting photographers have had their work published within the pages of Songlines, and the breadth of subjects, textures and styles in their photographs is as wide as the world itself: Sufi trance from Morocco, Gypsy brass from Romania, Touareg guitarists from the Sahara, Colombian cowboys, Mexican divas, griots from Mali, Asian dancers… the list goes on and on.
Images of many of the great musical names will be on show including Fela Kuti, Tinariwen, Amjad Ali Khan, Cesaria Evora, Djivan Gasparyan as well as many more lesser-known artists. Never before has such a broad range of musical subjects been covered in a single photographic exhibition. The pictures will also be available to purchase. Across these pages, we present a sample of the exhibition, but if you can, go beyond the beat and feast your ears through your eyes!
The exhibition will be on display in the Royal Albert Hall’s Amphi Corridor and can be viewed when attending a performance between March 28 and April 23 2017, or on the following free open days:
Saturday April 1: 10am-4pm
Sunday April 2: 10am-4pm
Sunday April 16: 10am-1pm
Saturday April 22: 10am-1pm
Sunday April 23: 10am-1pm
+ MORE Beyond the Beat is curated by Andy Morgan, Dave Gamble and Songlines and is sponsored by Niche Frames
+ Find out more www.royalalberthall.com
All the displayed works will be on sale.
The participating photographers are: Miriam Abdulla; Simon Broughton; Arnhel De Serra; Thomas Dorn; Julio Etchart; Aubrey Fagon; Alex Harvey-Brown; Sarah Hickson; Cath Legras; Elly Lucas; Andy Morgan; Bartek Muracki; Alex Robinson.
Leading youth choirs from four continents will descend upon the Royal Albert Hall in London for a unique concert this April. Entitled A Celebration of World Voices, the occasion aims to bring together some of the premier young ensembles from across the globe for musical exchange.
Among the performers are the Soweto-based Mzansi Youth Choir (pictured) who famously performed at the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in Johannesburg. Sourcing performers from underprivileged areas, it has consistently offered life-changing opportunities for artistic development and its involvement in this project acts as another exciting venture for the highly-talented ensemble, consisting of 45 choristers. The event is part of a wider festival that features a dedicated outreach programme in primary schools across the UK.
Deputy artistic director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Greg Beardsell, is hopeful that the occasion and its educational programmes can act as a catalyst for further occasions. “We want to play a role in welcoming other cultures to the UK and building bridges to the worldwide choral community. The Royal Albert Hall was the obvious partner, and I’m thrilled that the venue shares our vision for what this festival can achieve.”
A Celebration of World Voices takes place on April 15 at the Royal Albert Hall
Debashish Bhattacharya to perform at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room on October 2
Pioneering Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya’s interest in music began from a very early age, picking up his first guitar at the age of three and performing for the first time on Indian radio just a year later. In the present day he is known as one of the country’s greatest musicians.
His innovative compositions and distinctive guitar style have earned him global recognition, with his 2009 album Calcutta Chronicles gaining a Grammy Award nomination. He has also just won the Asia & South Pacific category in this year’s Songlines Music Awards.
On October 2, the Royal Albert Hall’s intimate Elgar Room will stage a very special performance from Debashish, presented in association with Songlines.
Photo by Guillem Moreno
Aziza Brahim to perform at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room on April 26
Born in the refugee camps of Algeria as a result of the Moroccan invasion of her family’s Western Saharan home, Aziza Brahim discovered music at an early age as a natural way of communicating her thoughts about Saharawi political defiance and life in exile.
Soutak, her first album on Glitterbeat Records, explored these themes with astounding effect and was selected as one of Songlines‘ Best Albums of 2014. Her forthcoming album Abbar el Hamada, released on March 4 and reviewed in the next issue, continues to spur this message. Check out the cover feature on Aziza in our next issue (out March 4).
On April 26, the Royal Albert Hall’s intimate Elgar Room will stage a very special performance from Brahim, presented in association with Songlines.