This special evening of AWAN festival will feature a great line-up of prominent Arab women musicians and singers!
All the artists have something in common: talent, passion, a rich background and commitment.
Line up :
AWAN proudly presents the UK premiere of Youmna Saba.
*Youmna Saba – Lebanon
Youmna Saba is a Lebanese singer-songwriter who started her musical career in 2006 and has released three albums to this day (Njoum, 2014, Hal Bint Aabalha Tghanni, 2011, Min Aafsh el Beit, 2008).
Her recent work is focused on the relation between songwriting and storytelling, rendered in vocals, oud and guitar, and is being presented as a live performance (Arb’een (40)) to be released on disc in 2017.
Youmna has collaborated with many musicians of different musical backgrounds: British songwriter Mike Cooper, Korean gayageum player Kyungso Park, Polish composer Piotr Kurek, among others. She has taken part in international programs and residencies: Sound Development City (Spain, Morocco, 2016), Gyeonggi Creation Center (South Korea, 2013), OneBeat (USA, 2012)
Youmna holds a master’s degree in Musicology, focusing mainly on the parallels between classical Arabic music and Arabic visual art, and will soon begin her PhD. She is a part-time instructor at the musicology department at the Antonine University and at Onomatopoeia, the Music Hub.
** Aida Nadeem – Iraq
Aida Nadeem’s music is the sound of deep cultural roots, creative daring and
free expression, full of the bittersweet ache of exile and the fierce creativity of a maverick artistic spirit.
Born in Iraq, exiled to Denmark, steeped in the avant-garde and the raw, beautiful sound of her Arabic roots, she is an extraordinary singer, dancer and wordsmith, a beacon of independence and integrity in a world of homogenised commercialism.
Her music is influenced by the sound tradition of Iraq and Turkmenistan and contemporary Arab poetry, and is expressed through the unique instrumental combination of bassoon, voice and electronics.
Nadeem captivates and enchants, while her atmospheric and enigmatic music trespasses geographic and cultural borders.
AWAN is produced by Arts Canteen and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
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