London, England –
Rachid Taha has joined forces with Brian Eno and special guests
Sawhney and Imogen Heap to present a special fund raising concert in support
of the Stop The War Coalition. Rachid and Brian have already played together
this year, in Paris, Moscow and St Petersburg and this will be Brian’s first
stage appearance in Britain since 1979. The event will be held Sunday, November
27th, at the Astoria, Charing Cross Road. Doors open: 7 PM. Tickets: £20, from
See Tickets: 0870 0603 777.
Rachid Taha is a new phenomenon in Arabic music. With his band, he
brilliantly marries the driving rhythms and elaborate melodies of contemporary
Arabic popular music with the forceful sound of post-punk guitar rock, creating
what The Times described as ‘a dirty, raucous, greasy rock n’ roll’. The raw
sweat of his music and a well-known stance against racism and hypocrisy have
earned him a high standing throughout Europe and the Middle East.
Brian Eno opponent of the invasion of Iraq and long-time supporter of
Stop the War Coalition, is making a
guest appearance with
Rachid Taha. He worked with Rachid on his album
Tekitoi and has performed with him in Paris, St Petersburg and
Moscow. In an interview for the South Bank show, he said: “Rachid’s music is
intrinsically political and topical, and very much the music of the Arab Street.
I think he himself is a person who feels his role is to make both a cultural and
political statement: he doesn’t separate the two things.“
Sawhney is a world-class producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist,
composer and cultural pioneer. Creatively active in the worlds of music, dance,
theatre and film. Nitin has scored over 25 films and Clubland saw his return in
2004 with the release of
All Mixed Up and
Fabric Live . He has sold out the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal
Albert Hall, and with a major DJ performance, the Lincoln Center in New York.
Imogen Heap has been growing on the radar of indie, rock, pop and electronica
fans alike. It may have something to do with her immaculate production, but it
most likely rests in the pale, haunting pallor of her voice. The 2005 release of
Speak for Yourself, sees Heap burgeoning with flavor and
inspiration. What brings Imogen Heap her well-deserved acclaim is an
uncompromising style and a unique understanding of sound.
Stop the War Coalition is the main organized opposition to the British
Government’s war policies; capable of putting hundreds of thousands of people
into the streets and represented in most cities and towns across the country. At
a time when opposition to the war is stronger than ever and when, according to a
Ministry of Defense inspired poll, more than 80% of Iraqis have been reported as
opposed to the presence of ‘Coalition’ troops there is a greater need than ever
for the anti-war movement and its work.