Yara Lapidus & Amira Kheir: A double bill with the trail-blazing Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir (‘The diva of the Sudanese desert’ – BBC World News) and Yara Lapidus. Kheir's music draws from traditional Sudanese music, entrenched in frenzied East African polyrhythms, pentatonic scales, and ancient mystical Nubian and Niolitic melodies, while being strongly anchored in experimental jazz, neo-soul and vast electric desert blues. Yara Lapidus has a voice from the land of the Cedar – deep, velvety, and made of a grain as soft as an embrace.
Crossing Borders, Uniting Rhythms: English Pen and Arts Canteen present an evening of spoken word and music with a focus on freedom of expression in issues around identity, art, music and free speech.
Amira Kheir, Queen Of The Sudanese Desert: Hailed as the ‘Diva of the Sudanese desert’ Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir has been enchanting audiences around the world with a sound inspired by traditional music from her homeland Sudan and anchored in experimental Jazz and Soul. The result is a unique style of ‘Sudani-Jazz’ that gives tasters of Sudan’s rich musical heritage of distinctive Saharan blues and Sufi music whilst being reflective of the artist’s key Jazz and Soul musical upbringing; whilst exploring themes of home, belonging and transcendental spirituality.
Sumurun (One Arabian Night) + Live Score by Amira Kheir: This ‘brilliant’ (NY Times) fantasy-drama classic of forbidden love is brought to life by acclaimed vocalist-composer Kheir, fusing contemporary jazz and East African music with a live band. A pioneering collaboration by renowned director Ernst Lubitsch and early Hollywood superstar Negri, Sumurun follows the adventures of a rebellious slave girl in the court of a tyrannical Sheik. Singer, musician and songwriter of Sudanese origin, Amira Kheir has won critical acclaim for her debut album and international appearances
Amira Kheir: Arts Canteen & Rich Mix present the ‘Diva of the Sudanese desert’ (Journal du Mali) Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir; whose musical sounds are inspired by traditional music from her homeland Sudan and blended with elements of Jazz, Soul, East and West African as well as Middle Eastern music.