young voices from the Middle East
On Thursday 29 November, join Tamer Abu Ghazaleh and Youssra El Hawary at The Quad, LSE Student Union, for a night of modern, alternative music from the Middle East.
An accordion and a wall: that’s how Youssra El Hawary came to world-wide attention this past year with her video and song, ‘Al Soor’ – ‘The Wall’ – which has been called a biting political commentary about life in Egypt right now and was based on a poem by her friend, caricaturist Walid Taher. While in elementary school in Egypt, Hawary first learned to play accordion. She now travels around the world, both to play her music as a solo artist and with her band, and also performs as a mime and an actor. She was recently named one of the top 50 people shaping culture in the Middle East.
Following Youssra is Tamer Abu Ghazaleh and his band. After releasing Mir’ah (Mirror), his first album in 2008, which was a collection of songs written during a turbulent period of demonstrations in Ramallah where he was living, Tamer has gone on to play with a variety of collectives including Kazamada, Jehar, Duo Buzuq, Kalam Mazzika and Alif Ensemble. Like Youssra, he sings and plays traditional Arabic instruments with a fresh, personal take.
Where: The Quad, LSE Students Union, East Building, Houghton Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 2AE
When: Thursday 29 November 2012
Time: Doors open at 19.30; Concert starts at 20.00
Tickets: One free drink coupon will be given to the first 100 people through the door; no tickets available – first come, first serve