Palestine Jazz: Nai Barghouti, Mohamed Najem & Friends

When: August 1, 19:00

Where: Union Chapel, 19b Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN

Tickets: By here

Nai Barghouti | Mohamed Najem & Friends

Nai Barghouti stunned audiences across the UK when she toured with the Palestine Youth Orchestra last year, selling out at venues from Glasgow to London including the Royal Fesival Hall. Nai returns to London with an all-star band that includes musicians who perform with some of the most popular young Palestinian bands around, including members of the Awan Quartet, Al Raseef and the Mohammed Assaf Band, who join members of Nai’s Amsterdam based group of musicians from the Netherlands and Korea.

Nai shares the concert with Mohamed Najem, another leading figure to emerge from the cultural renaissance in Palestine. Originally from Bethlehem, Mohamed Najem’s solo performances have included the Ravello and Florence Festivals, Teatro San Carlo, UNESCO and the Montreux Jazz Festival. Mohamed’s band, Mohamed Najem & Friends have quickly become favourites of the Paris jazz scene, appearing at festivals across France and as far away as Gabon.

Featuring traditional Arabic instruments alongside standard jazz line-ups, both bands move effortlessly between Arabic music and jazz respelling the music of the Middle East in a new musical language. In defiance of a new age of barriers and alienation, these young musicians preach unity and creation at its finest. All artists are donating part of their fee to UNICEF Syria.

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