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
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.