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War on Want & Marsm present
Sounds of Resistance - Israel Apartheid Week ’18 - Benjamin Zephaniah, Tamer Nafar and Remi Kanazi
Friday 23 February
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In a nutshell
The anticipated launch concert of Israel Apartheid Week 2018 showcases some of the most compelling musical wordsmiths of our time.
As part of Israel Apartheid Week 2018, War on Want and Art4PalestineUK aren’t missing a beat, presenting a compelling and unmistakable musical showcase of some of the leading musical wordsmiths of our time. The evening is dedicated to the ongoing struggle of the Palestinian people and their fight for justice, standing up to 100 years of settler colonialism and celebrating 100 years of (inspiring, and being inspired by) popular struggle for resistance.
For more on War on Want's Justice for Palestine campaigns, see www.waronwant.org.
What to Expect
Headlining the night is the one and only Benjamin Zephaniah with his live band, accompanied by a full line-up of dub, beats, poetry and hip-hop.
Iconic dub poet, novelist and playwright, Zephaniah’s ground-breaking work has helped reshaped the vibrant landscape of contemporary poetry. Influenced by the musical culture of Jamaica, he uses poetry as ‘street politics’ that galvanise and challenge racism and discrimination, while celebrating the resilience of diversity and community.
Founding member of the Palestinian rap trio DAM, Tamer’s wit and dedication have paved an impressive way for homegrown Arabic hip-hop to flourish far beyond his hometown of Lyd. His cunning performance is a beat-defying homage to his thoughts and inspirations, and an extension of his hip-hop roots and heritage.
On the heels of 135-stop tour to promote his new collection, Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up From Brooklyn to Palestine, poet and writer Remi Kanazi has received stunning acclaim for his sharp rhymes and rhythms that accompany both readers and listeners on a poetic personal journey.
Rasha Hilwi (aka DJ Hilwi) is a Palestinian writer, cultural journalist, cultural manager and DJ. She was born in the city of Acre and now based in Berlin. Taking you on a music journey, she DJs music and songs from the Middle East, North Africa, West and South Asia and Eastern Europe.
War on Want works to achieve a vision of a just world by fighting against the root causes of poverty and human rights violations. As part of the worldwide movement for global justice, they act and organise to enable those at the frontline of poverty and human rights violations.
Marsm is an events company that promotes the rich and diverse culture of the Arab world in the UK. Promoting artists that challenge mainstream cultural and musical production,
they recognize the power of art to unite people in shared celebration and create mutually supportive networks for artists and audiences alike.
Artists for Palestine UK (APUK) is a growing network of artists, cultural workers, and activists who wish to make a stand in support of justice and equality for the Palestinians. APUK was launched in 2015 as a response to the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, and in particular to calls from Palestinian artists and cultural organisations.
SOAS Palestine Society (PalSoc) aims to raise awareness on the Palestinian struggle for liberation and the socio-political and economic realities facing Palestinians in and outside Palestine. Providing political platforms to encourage debate and discussion among SOAS students, they’re developing a student-led movement that recognises the interconnections between international liberation struggles.
What people are saying
'BDS is perhaps the most ambitious, empowering, and promising Palestinian-led global movement for justice and rights.' - Omar Barghouti (co-founder of BDS)
'Benjamin Zephaniah and [his band] show their audience how to be effective and thought-provoking urban preachers, thanks to their straightforward metrics and hip-hop and dub vibes.' - Rhythm Passport
Why does Rich Mix matter?
'As a one of London’s most innovative and inclusive spaces for forward-thinking arts and culture, Rich Mix presents an ideal venue for IAW’s 2018 Launch Concert.'
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Things you should know
Suitable for all ages.
This event is wheelchair accessible.