Beyond Skin, Alghochak and Belfast International Arts Festival presents
KEFAYA & ELAHA SOROOR
30th October. Black Box Belfast.
Kefaya is an award-winning collective of musicians and producers based in the UK led by Al MacSween, Giuliano Modarelli and Joost Hendrickx. The international line-up, spanning homelands such as UK, Italy, Afghanistan, Iran & The Netherlands, reflects the way that Kefaya works in collaboration, drawing on multiple sounds and outlooks to present a united front of spirited musical and political expression.
After the success of their first album, Radio International (Songlines Music Award 2017, Best Newcomer) Kefaya joined forces in 2019 with Afghan-Hazara singer Elaha Soroor for a mighty and mesmerising new album, Songs Of Our Mothers; a fresh, vibrant take on Afghan folk music filtered through myriad forms, from spiritual jazz and dub to Indian classical music and electronica. Driven by a shared desire to use music as a tool for political dialogue and action together they forged the themes, concept and sound of Songs of Our Mothers.
Currenty the regime in Afghanistan have forbidden music. The regime have also taken away all freedoms and rights for women and denied girls the right to go to school.
This concert is very significant hosted in a UNESCO City of Music and is part of a wider movement tfor Aghan artists at risk and Belfast as a safe harbour to preserve and celebrate Afghan culture.