Refugees for Refugees Announce New Album

Belgium-based world music ensemble Refugees for Refugees has announced the release of its second album ‘Amina.’ The ensemble will present the new recording at Ancienne Belgique (Brussels) on Saturday, February, 16, 2019.

Refugees for Refugees brings together acclaimed musicians from Syria, Tibet, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Belgium who are united by their yearning to intertwine links between their music.  The group has developed an original repertoire at the crossroads between their different traditions.  

Following two years of collaboration, this second album writes a new chapter in the Refugees for Refugees story. It represents reconstruction, the fresh energy needed to map out a new trajectory after being uprooted.

Breaking down musical barriers, the group offers a rich menu of sounds, from lively Afghan traditional songs to the refinement of the classical tradition from Aleppo and Baghdad, through the pure power of nomadic Tibetan chants, the weightless sounds of the Pakistani sarod, the subtleties of the Turkish ud and eastern percussion.

The ensemble’s debut album Amerli hit the top of the Transglobal World Music Chart in 2016.


Asad Qizilbash (sarod) (Pakistan-Belgium)

Aren Dolma (voice) (Tibet-Belgium)

Fakher Madallal (voice, percussion) (Syria-Belgium)

Kelsang Hula (dramyen, voice) (Tibet-Belgium)

Mohammad Aman Yusufi (dambura, voice) (Afghanistan-Belgium)

Simon Leleux (percussion) (Belgium)

Souhad Najem (qanun) (Iraq-Belgium)

Tammam Al Ramadan (ney) (Syria-Belgium)

Tareq Alsayed Yahya (ud) (Syria-Belgium)

Tristan Driessens (ud) (Belgium)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and 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.

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