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Marsm & Shubbak Festival present


Wednesday 5 July
Main Space
From £12.50
to £15.00
All orders will be subject to a fee of £1.50 except if your tickets are free or if you are a member

In a nutshell

Traditional Syrian rhythms performed in revamped digital versions, mixed with live loops, grooves and electronic beats.

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Nashama is a spellbinding contemporary project that combines recordings, visionary musical adaptations and improvisational techniques into live performances based on folkloric styles and traditional rhythms with iconic and popular music from Syria and beyond. They have created a new style of music that stands out not merely for its digital reinventions of iconic songs, but for its attitude to, and dexterity in, the field of electronic music. Not shying away from synthesisers and electronic equipment, this enthralling fusion pays homage to the spontaneous improvisations of acid electronic music movement while still transporting the listener to the epochal feel of Syrian and Arabic music traditions.

A year after beginning the project independently, the band was awarded an artistic residency in Paris’ Cité internationale des Arts (2014) to develop the project further. Since 2015 they have been working on their anticipated second in cooperation with Shubbak, and in partnership with the British council (London) and Culture Resource (Beirut).

What to Expect

A novel approach to visual arts and live music; an arousing and nostalgic live performance that combines electronic music with revamped traditional and classic Arabic songs.

Who's Involved

Featuring: Wael Alkak (synths, keys, bouzouki and vocal), Yazan Alqaq (oud, percussion and vocal), and special guests Jammal Al Sakka (percussion), Louai Alhenawi (nai) and Fajer Alabdalla (bass).

Marsm is an events company that promotes the rich and diverse culture of the Arab world across the UK

Shubbak is London’s largest festival of contemporary Arab culture

This event is sponsored by Alaraby TV

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Things you should know

Photo Credit: © Sulafa Hijazi

Suitable for all ages

This event is wheelchair accessible.

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