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Celebrating Sanctuary Festival 2017@ MAC

Redeemed 3 medCelebrating Sanctuary Festival 2017

Saturday 17th June
1pm – 6.30pm

MAC Birmingham

Cannon Hill Park

Birmingham B12 9QH

After months of fundraising and many setbacks we can now confirm that our Refugee Week Festival will go ahead this year. Its very short notice, but please come along and support us, we can’t celebrate without you!

To mark the start of Refugee Week 2017, we will be holding a FREE event for all the family, with live music, spoken word, workshops, stalls and activities. Come on down and join us for a great day out!

Running Order
1pm – 2pm – Hexagon Theatre
Spoken Word and Music – Writers Without Borders with Apha & Dan (from Afro Mio)

2.00pm – 6.30pm – Main Stage (Courtyard or Terrace Gallery if raining)
2.00pm – Nifeco Costa – originally from Guinea Bissau, brings sweet melodious sounds with a groove to make you move!
3.30pm – Afro Mio – from Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo and UK – a harmonious blend of rich vocals borne on a wave of rhythmic conga and melodious African guitar and Cora.
4.30pm – Workshop (details to be confirmed)
5.30pm – The Redeemed – hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo, create a consummate stage show of music, dance and movement. The Redeemed perform with vibrant energy and the highest artistic quality to create a musical and visual delight, guaranteed to get people dancing!

Stalls and activities in The Foyer


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The Redeemed & Nifeco Costa @ The Edge

The Redeemed & Nifeco Costa @ The Edge

Saturday 3rd December

The Edge

79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, 

Birmingham, ,B12 0QH

7.30pm

Entry only £5 !!!!!

Join us for our end of year party with 2 great local bands, guaranteed to get you dancing!!!

 

The Redeemed

Redeemed 3 medThe Redeemed create a consummate stage show of music, dance and movement – the word ‘band’ cannot come close to defining them. A Birmingham- based group, the majority of The Redeemed hail from the Democratic Republic of Congo and their music reflects their heritage and a broad range of influences, including Rumba, Sebene, Zouk, Jazz, Gospel and more.

The Redeemed were founded by Didier kisala, who united young musicians who were passionate about music. They decided to work together and have now developed into the group they are today. The Redeemed create something different, playing typical Congolese Gospel music fused with different styles.

The Redeemed perform with the highest artistic quality and create a musical and visual delight.

Nifeco Costa

Nfeco Costa picNifeco is a Guine-Bissau/Portuguese musician who very early drank the traditional sounds of his homeland, which later led him to found the musical band “Mini Cobi” participating in 1987 at the Festival no Pintcha held in Bissau, where he stood out as a Revelation Artist. This resulted in the recording of some songs on the National Broadcasting Studio of Guine-Bissau (RDN). In 1993 Nifeco launched his first solo album, Saudadi, under the seal of Gravison publisher and in 1997 he participated in the 1st Gumbe Festival in Paris.  2007 –He recorded the Album “BKO Biak” in 2007 and is the author of two discographic works, recorded and launched in Lisbon.

He has participated in various festivals in Europe, Africa and USA, and made television appearances on RTP programs, TVI, SIC in Portugal. Since oving to the UK he has formed the band “Babock jazz”.


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Reem Kelani @ The Red Lion

Celebrating Sanctuary & Birmingham Jazz

Present - Reem Kelani

At The Red Lion, Warstone Lane, Jewellery Quarter, B18 6NG

Friday 28th October 7.30pm

Entry £12.50/£10 Members/Students £5

To book tickets please click here:

“The stunning voice of Reem Kelani…..has all the individualised inflection and passion a jazz fan could wish for.” Jazz Journal

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Reem Kelani, the Palestinian singer, musician and musicologist is one of the most enthralling and innovative performers of Palestinian and Arabic music, as well as being a dynamic and courageous bandleader. She has led major tours with her band to Germany, Syria, Turkey, China, and the US. Her music mixes Palestinian and Arabic roots with jazz influences.

Reem’s two albums “Reem Kelani: Live at the Tabernacle” (2016) and “Sprinting Gazelle: Palestinian Songs from the Motherland and the Diaspora” (2006) have earned outstanding plaudits from across the world.

In the past year, Reem has performed as a soloist in Sir Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater at the Royal Albert Hall, as has she given singing workshops to women-only groups in Bradford and Sheffield.

For her set at the Red Lion Birmingham, Reem will be accompanied by a first class trio of Birmingham born, Bruno Heinen, on piano, Birmingham educated Ryan Trebilcock on double bass, and fellow Manchester born Jon Scott on drums.


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Kadialy Kouyate @ MAC

Friday 7th October

Celebrating Sanctuary in partnership with MAC Birmingham

Present Kadialy Kouyate Trio

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7.30pm  

Tickets £10 (£8)

To book tickets please click here

 

 Get into the West African groove with Kadialy Kouyate and his ensemble. Musician and singer-songwriter Kouyaté and his Sound Archive ensemble take inspiration from West Africa’s griot tradition of oral storytellers, poets and musicians, and from the musical culture of the Mandinka people.

Kouyate was born into a long line of griots in Southern Senegal. The inheritor of a traditional style of singing and kora playing, he has performed across the UK for the last decade.

Since his arrival in the UK Kadialy has played a significant part in enriching the London musical scene with his griot legacy. He has been teaching the Kora at Soas university of London for the last decade and he has also been involved in countless musical projects both as a collaborator and a session musician

 

 


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TwoMan Ting @ Hemyock Road

Celebrating Sanctuary and

Hemyock Road Productions present

TwoMan Ting

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Saturday 20th August

Weoley Hill Village Hall

7.30-10.30pm

Tickets £10/£8 

Call 07789 933131 or email: peacockangellrecords@gmail.com

TwoMan Ting is the second gig from Hemyock Road Productions and is being put on as part of the Celebrating Sanctuary Festival in Birmingham. TwoManTing was formed in 2004, when Jon Lewis and Jah-man Aggrey were working together in world/dance band Le Cod Afrique, performing at the likes of WOMAD, Montreux Jazz Festival and Glastonbury. The essence of their live show are Jon’s bouncy African guitar licks, live looped to create a full band sound, complemented by Jah’s djembe beats, and meaningful and witty lyrics, sung in Krio – his native tongue from Sierra Leone. They have two well received albums out “Legacy” and “Say What,” both featuring their infectious mix of reggae, jazz and world music.


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Mid-Summer Muzikstan

Muzikstan Midsummer FestivalSaturday 2nd July

Mid-Summer Muzikstan – with Celebrating Sanctuary

Culture Dub Orchestra – featuring guest singer Didier Kisala

Afro Mio plus DJ’s

The Old Print Works

506 Moseley Rd, Birmingham B12 9AH

9-1am  

£10 on the door

cdo band photoCulture Dub Orchestra

Culture Dub Orchestra are a World Roots Dub band based in the Midlands, with influences from parts of the globe.  With dub firmly at the core; CDO explores a range of cultures, religions, backgrounds and musical styles. A heavy roots drum and bass section (crucial to the true dub sound) is coloured by a variety of instruments and sounds adding eastern flavours.  Although at the core CDO are an instrumental band they will often feature guest vocalists from varied musical backgrounds.

 

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Didier Kisala is the founder member of Birmingham based Congolese band The Redeemed, regulars to Celebrating Sanctuary events.  He also performs with a smaller ensemble to create a beautiful and soulful performance. Didier was recently involved in a British Red Cross project, to release a ground-breaking concept album based on the real-life experiences of refugees and asylum seekers, in collaboration with artists such as Robert Plant and Scoobious Pip.

 

Ben IKON 2 medAfro Mio

Afro Mio is a harmonious blend of rich vocals borne on a wave of rhythmic conga, melodious African guitar and kora.  Charming, engaging and beautiful, this is music to enrich the soul.  Founder member Ben Pathy, is a singer, author and composer from Angola, specialising in traditional African music, Rumba, Soukous, Kizomba and Salsa.


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Refugee Week Events

REFUGEE WEEK EVENTS


Didier - mediumFriday 24th June

Didier Kisala @ Jazzlines
Symphony Hall Foyer – Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA
5pm – FREE ENTRY – Donations welcome

Didier Kisala
Didier Kisala is the founder member of Birmingham based Congolese band The Redeemed, regulars to Celebrating Sanctuary events. He also performs with a smaller ensemble to create a beautiful and soulful performance. Didier was recently involved in a British Red Cross project, to release a ground-breaking concept album based on the real-life experiences of refugees and asylum seekers, in collaboration with artists such as Robert Plant and Scoobious Pip.

All donations go towards supporting our activities with asylum seekers and refugee communities

 
Redeemed 3 medSaturday 25th June
CSB Festival @ Centrala
Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Birmingham B5 5RT
3pm – 8pm – FREE Event for all the family

 

 
• The Long Journey Home – Story telling presentation
Long Journey Home is a year-long multilingual Arts Council-funded true-life storytelling project. It is a platform for first-generation migrants to recount their stories and experiences of settling in the West Midlands and making it home. This afternoon’s stories will be told by students from St. Chad’s Sanctuary who have lived in Birmingham from a few months to a few years.

• Zvinora
Zvinoera African Blues is a Zimbabwean band based in Walsall, a new project from Zimbabwean poet and mbira player Stewart Kunaka.

Nifeco Costa
Nifeco Costa is a musician from Guine-Bissau, who from an early age drank the traditional sounds of his homeland. In 1993 Nifeco launched his first solo album, Saudadi, and in 1997 he participated in the 1st Gumbe Festival in Paris, and has gone on to record much more. He has participated in various festivals in Europe, Africa and USA, and made numerous television appearances. Since moving to the UK he has formed the band “Babock jazz”.

• Music and Spoken Word with musicians from The Redeemed and Writers Without Borders
A Birmingham-based writers group from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Some have lived in the UK for many years and others have arrived in the country quite recently. The group includes professional, semi-professional, new and emerging writers. Poets will work with musicians from The Redeemed to present new collaborations of spoken word and music.

• The Redeemed
A Birmingham- based group, hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They create a consummate stage show of music, dance and movement. Including singers, guitarists, dancers and drums, their music reflects their heritage and a broad range of influences, including Rumba, Sebene, Zouk, Jazz, Gospel and more. The Redeemed were founded by Didier kisala, who united young musicians who were passionate about music. The Redeemed have performed in many variations for different events and venues, ranging from the full line up to smaller ensembles, creating a beautiful and soulful performance suited to smaller venues. They perform with the highest artistic quality and create a musical and visual delight, guaranteed to get people dancing.

• World Beat Rhythms from DJ Glyn Philips

With face painting, food and drinks stalls, activities for children and information stalls
Come and join us to make this a great event!


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Tony Dudu @ Birmingham Library Amphitheatre

Celebrating Sanctuary Festival 2016

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Saturday 18th June

Tony Dudu and Gumbe Jazz

Performances 1.30pm & 2.45pm – FREE Event

Birmingham Library Amphitheatre

Centenary Square, Broad Street. Birmingham, B1 2ND

 

Tony Dudu
We are very pleased to welcome back Tony Dudu, acclaimed virtuoso guitarist originally from Guinea Bissau, West-Africa. On moving to the UK In 2007 Tony has worked with Kudashe Matimba’s band Harare, from Zimbabwe, a regular to our programme. Tony performs with his band “Gumbe Jazz” – A fusion of West-African rhythms blended with Latin grooves, South African rhythms and Jazz.

 

Friday 24th June
Didier Kisala @ Jazzlines
Symphony Hall Foyer - Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA
5pm – FREE ENTRY – Donations welcome

Didier Kisala
Didier Kisala is the founder member of Birmingham based Congolese band The Redeemed, regulars to Celebrating Sanctuary events. He also performs with a smaller ensemble to create a beautiful and soulful performance. Didier was recently involved in a British Red Cross project, to release a ground-breaking concept album based on the real-life experiences of refugees and asylum seekers, in collaboration with artists such as Robert Plant and Scoobious Pip.

All donations go towards supporting our activities with asylum seekers and refugee communities

 

Saturday 25th June
CSB Festival @ Centrala
Centrala – Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Birmingham B5 5RT
3pm – 8pm – FREE Event for all the family
• The Long Journey Home – Story telling presentation
• Zvinora
• Nifeco Costa
• Music and Spoken Word with musicians from The Redeemed and Writers Without Borders
• The Redeemed.
• World Beat Rhythms from DJ Glyn Philips
With face painting, food and drinks stalls, activities for children and information stalls

 


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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.

For more info please click here


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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.

Check out the promo at:

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