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)