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Patrice Naiambana @ MAC

PatriceSaturday 2nd April
Celebrating Sanctuary with Patrice Naiambana


MAC Birmingham – Foyle Studio
Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B129QH

8pm (doors open 7.30pm)
FREE Entry – Donations appreciated



Join us for a sharing with Patrice Naiambana, following on from a phase of exploration, development and collaboration, working with refugee musicians sharing stories of migration.

African Performing Artist from Sierra Leone Patrice Naiambana is an Interdisciplinary Storyteller with wide international experience. He is the Founder and Chief Officer for Tribal Soul Arts, facilitating creative Labs for social change and dialogue using creativity. He has worked in theatre, radio, television and film. He is currently working and touring his new solo show Perception Gap and ensemble piece Grave Diggers with Birmingham Performance artists, Artistic Directors Lola Adodo and Jendayi Selassie of New Scopes and Wadahdah Dance CIC.

For more information on Patrice and Tribal Soul Arts please click here

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Los Musicos @ ORT Cafe

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Los Musicos

Saturday 26th March

ORT Cafe

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

8pm – entry £5

Two of the most experienced Latin guitarists in the London Tropical, Salsa and Latin music scene, Guillermo and Juan Carlos are joined by percussionist Nickolai Rodriguez to create an exciting acoustic sound.  Performing as a five piece band for this event, prepare yourselves for a Latin extravaganza!

Also this Spring

Saturday 16th April - Didier Kisala - ORT Cafe – 8pm

Saturday 14th May - Maya Youssef - Ikon Gallery – 6pm

For more info see Upcoming Events

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Simo Lagnawi & Gnawa Blues Trio

Simo 3Saturday 20th February 

Simo Lagnawi 

The UK’s leading Guembri player and Gnawa master from Morocco.

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

8pm – entry £5

In the last year Simo Lagnawi was nominated for 2 SONGLINES awards for 2014 BEST NEWCOMER, and BEST ARTIST. His Solo Debut Album ‘Gnawa London’ released on Waulk records was featured in Songlines magazine as one of their ‘Top of the World Albums’ last September. Simo has performed at many International festivals and venues. Playing traditional Gnawa (sacred trance music from Morocco) and Gnawa Fusion with, Electric Jalaba, Gnawa Griot, and Gnawa Blues Allstars. He performs for ‘Live Music Now’ a Charity which bring exceptional music into the lives of under-priviledged people with ‘Gnawa Yinga’. Simo continuously pushes new boundaries fusing Gnawa with music from other countries.

To find out more about Simo Lagnawi please click here


Upcoming Events this Spring include: (please follow links for more info):

Los Musicos – Saturday 26th March

Didier Kisala – Saturday 16th April

Maya Youssef – Saturday 14th May

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Events at ORT Cafe this Spring

Events this Spring at ORT Cafe

Saturday 20th February
Simo Lagnawi and Gnawa Blues Trio
Simo Lagnawi is the UK’s leading Guembri player and Gnawa master from Morocco.

VLUU L210  / Samsung L210Saturday 26th March
Los Musicos Trio
Two of the most experienced Latin guitarists in the London Tropical, Salsa and Latin music scene, Guillermo and Juan Carlos collaborate with percussionist Nickolai Rodriguez to create an exciting acoustic sound.


Didier - mediumSaturday 16th April
Didier Kisala
Didier Kisala, founder member of Birmingham based Congolese band The Redeemed, performs with a smaller ensemble to create a beautiful and soulful performance.


All events start at 8pm – Entry £5

Watch this space for information on more up coming events this Spring

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Afro Mio & Zvinoera @ ORT Cafe

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Back by popular demand…

Afro Mio

with support from Zvinoera

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

8pm – Entry £5

Afro Mio

Afro Mio is a harmonious blend of rich vocals borne on a wave of rhythmic conga and melodious African guitar. Ben Pathy, founder member of Afro Mio, which means “My Africa” is a singer, author and composer from Angola, specialising in traditional African music, Rumba, Soukous, Kizomba and Salsa.

Charming, engaging and beautiful, this is music to enrich the soul.

To read more please click here

Zvinoera African Blues is a Zimbabwean band based in Walsall, a new project from Zimbabwean poet and mbira player Stewart Kunaka. They play a blend of Zimbabwean traditional music performed for various occasions. Their performances often include: poetry, and mbira music accompanied by drums and percussion.

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Tony Dudu and Gumbe Jazz @ ORT Cafe

21058459770_800d533b1b_zSaturday 21st November

Tony Dudu with Gumbe Jazz

ORT Cafe

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

8pm – Entry £5

Tony Dudu, acclaimed virtuoso guitarist originally from Guinea Bissau, West-Africa. 

Having moved to the UK In 2007 Tony has worked with Kudashe Matimba’s band Harare, alongside many others. In 2009 Tony set up a brand new project named “Gumbe Jazz”. A fusion between African rhythms of West-Africa blended with Latin grooves , South African rhythms and Jazz.

For more info and to hear Tony Dudu and Gumbe Jazz please click here

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Maia @ ORT Cafe

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Friday 25th September

Maia von Lekow
ORT Cafe

500-504 Moseley Road

Birmingham B12 9AH


Entry £5
Maia brings a dynamic new colour to Kenya’s contemporary musical landscape. Born and raised in Nairobi to a German/Italian mother and Kenyan father, Maia’s unique heritage is combined into a fresh sound weaving jazz, funk, folk & blues all sprinkled with swahili spice.

_MG_6136a-v1-loA traveller at heart, Maia has lived and performed in Berlin, Melbourne & Dublin. Since returning to Kenya in 2007, Maia has established her current live act, a high-energy 6-piece band that has been making waves throughout East Africa, gracing the stages of prominent festivals across Africa.

To hear Maia please click here:


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Celebrating Sanctuary Festival 2015



Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham and partners have a full and diverse programme of events involving local, national and international artists.  Each year in June we present a World Music and Arts Festival to showcase the contribution of refugee artists and artists from areas of conflict around the world


North-Korean-TrikhonSat 13th June  – Refugee Week Launch event at ORT Cafe with Trikhon Theatre Plus Spoken Work and Music with members of the Redeemed, Writers Without Borders and guest poets.

8pm – entry £5  


Sun 14th June –  Seun Kuti at The Drum, Aston The youngest son of international legend Fela Kuti, brings his father’s sixteen piece funk fuelled orchestra, to The Drum. 8pm – entry £10.50 – £15

Wed 17th June – Afro Mio at Stone RoadPerformance by Afro Mio for residents at Stone Road Initial Accommodation for Asylum Seekers.

Fri 19th June – Afro Mio at Jazzlines – Symphony Hall Foyer 5pm (Free entry)


Stella Chiweshe and her MbiraFri 19th June –  Stella Chiweshe and Afro Mio at Ort Cafe, Moseley Road

Zimbabwean Shona Mbira artist Stella Chiweshe plus Afro Mio Stella Chiweshe 8pm, Afro Mio 9pm – entry £5  



Sun 21st June – Celebrating Sanctuary Festival at MAC Birmingham

A full day of activities, workshops and live performances including:

  • Kadialy Kouyate – From a great line of Kouyate griots in Senegal, Kadialy’s spellbinding blend of kora and voice has been welcomed in many prestigious venues around the world
  • The Redeemed – Birmingham- based group with members hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their music reflects their heritage and creates a beautiful and soulful performance.
  • Harare – fronted by the exuberance and charisma of Zimbabwean singer and marimbist Kudaushe Matimba.
  • Hassan Salih Nour – Sudanese singer and musician – a talented and captivating performer.

2-8pm (This is a FREE event for all the family)

Wed 24th June – The Redeemed at BE Festival

Celebrating Sanctuary in partnership with BE Festival present a live performance by Didier Kisala and members of The Redeemed

Sat 27th June – Yabba Funk at Muzikstan

Celebrating Sanctuary in partnership with Muzikstan present London based, Ghanaian Afro funk band Yabba Funk plus DJ’s 8pm – The Old Print Works – Moseley Rd£6 early bird – £8 advance- £10 on the door  

For more information on Festival events please click here

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CSB Festival 2015 coming soon…….

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Celebrating Sanctuary Festival 2015

Coming soon to venues across Birmingham

Activities and events happening throughout Refugee Week (June 15-21)

With a FREE Family Event on Sunday 21 June at MAC

Plus events happening throughout the Summer

Watch this space for details of events and artists performing





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Namvula @ Ort Cafe Sat 25th April


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“… one of the most original newcomers of the year” The Guardian

Saturday 25th April – 7.30pm

ORT Cafe

500-504 Moseley Road, Birmingham B12 9AH

 £5 entry

Fusing the folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland and her Scottish roots with London’s eclectic music scene, Namvula blends African sounds and rhythms with Latin, jazz and folk into uplifting and emotive songs. Crossing boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, Namvula’s music transports listeners into different worlds, whilst staying firmly rooted in African soil.

Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, multi-award winning Zambian singer Maureen Lilanda, and sitarist Anoushka Shankar. She is working with some of the UK’s most respected African, jazz and folk musicians, including Mercury-nominated Led Bib bassist and producer Liran Donin and saxophonist Chris Williams, percussionist Mamadou Sarr (Baaba Maal, Carlou D), and guitarist Jack Ross (Cerys Matthews, John Surman). Her evocative and dynamic live show is enthusiastically received by audiences; the performances bring the energy and rhythms of African music, the lyricism of folk, and the charisma of a world-class band to intimate venues and festival stages alike, and have been described as “absolutely fantastic – lively and life-affirming”, and “vibrant – a cultural pleasure”, delivered with “infectious enthusiasm”.

Namvula’s debut album ‘Shiwezwa’, produced by bassist Liran Donin and mixed by Sonny (Fatoumata Diawara), was tipped to be “one of the major roots releases in the coming months” by fRoots magazine.

To hear Namvula please click here:

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