Africa Express presents… The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians – with Damon Albarn & Guests was streamed live globally from Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 19.30 BST London on Saturday 25th June, 2016.
Co-commisioned by 14-18 NOW and Holland Festival, the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, featuring current and former members of the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music, take the stage for a rare concert to showcase Syrian and Arabic music. Artists from Britain and Syria will be joined by performers from Algeria, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Tunisia and the United States. Among those performing are Bashy, Bassekou Kouyaté, Bu Kolthoum, Eslam Jawaad, Faia Younan, Julia Holter, Malikah, Mounir Troudi, Noura Mint Seymali, Paul Weller, Rachid Taha, Seckou Keita and TALA who will join Damon Albarn and The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians.
The concert is presented by Africa Express and Southbank Centre and co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, and Holland Festival. The show makes up part of the Southbank Centre’s programme of activity for Refugee Week 2016.