Following its celebrated first edition two years ago, the Mayor of London’s Shubbak festival – the city’s celebration of contemporary Arab art and culture – opens its 2013 event with a double bill on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 19:30 in Barbican Hall. The concert brings together two of Algeria’s most outspoken musical rebels.
Rock and rai performer Rachid Taha made a much-awaited comeback this year with his 9th studio album Zoom, recorded with a cast of international guests including Mick Jones of The Clash, Agnès B and Eric Cantona.
Soulful yet steely singer-songwriter Souad Massi has been hailed as Maghreb’s answer to Tracy Chapman. Capable of fusing everything from chaabi to American folk rock and Portuguese fado, while mixing electric and acoustic instruments with her haunting vocals, Souad’s melancholic ballads bear the imprint of Algeria’s troubled recent past. Her discography includes Acoustic: Best of Souad Massi, O Houria, Mesk Elil and Deb
Tickets £15 – 22.50