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Maya Youssef @ The IKON

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Saturday 14th May

Maya Youssef
Ikon Gallery – 6pm

1 Oozells Street, Brindley Place

Birmingham B1 2HS

Free Entry (donations greatly received)



Virtuoso Syrian Kanun player Maya Youssef has a unique approach to playing the traditional instrument, the kanun.  She has performed world-wide and has won the Exceptional Talent award. She is currently working on her debut album, and researching “Music Healing for Syrian Refugee Children” for her PhD.  Maya is a regular on the BBC and featured at the BBC Proms at The Royal Albert Hall amongst other prestigious venues and festivals. Described as “elegant” and “entrancing” by BBC Radio 3.

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Didier Kisala @ ORT Cafe

Didier - mediumSaturday 16th April
Didier Kisala

ORT Cafe
500-504 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath
Birmingham B12 9AH

8pm – entry £5


Didier Kisala, founder member of Birmingham based Congolese band The Redeemed, performs with a smaller ensemble to create a beautiful and soulful performance.

A regular contributor to Celebrating Sanctuary events, Didier has performed at BE Festival, ORT Cafe, Stone Road Initial Accommodation for Asylum Seekers and New Collaborations events with Spoken Word artists.

Didier was also involved with project by the British Red Cross, to release a ground-breaking concept album based on the real-life experiences of refugees and asylum seekers, in collaboration with some of the country’s top musicians and internationally acclaimed artists. The Long Road album will see artists including spoken word poet Scroobius Pip, singer-songwriter Kindness, Tinariwen and the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars. Brit Award winner Ethan Johns, who has worked with the Kings of Leon, Laura Marling and The Vaccines, will produce the album. Didier had the opportunity to record with Scroobius and Ethan, over the summer, at the prestigious Real Wold Studios.

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