Underpinning the burgeoning musical partnerships between Palestine and London comes Sila (صلة) – a vibrant musical exchange tour that celebrates the movement of local grassroots music scenes and the artists at the forefront of their music revolutions.
This July, Haifa’s Kabareet founders and Moody Kablawi will team up with their London peers – the founders of Beauty and the Beat (BATB) and Brilliant Corners as part of a 4-city exchange tour. Over the span of two weekends, local leading artists and producers will perform alongside their musical peers in unique combinations throughout Ramallah, Haifa and Jerusalem. Wrapping up the summer tour finale they will be flying to London for their anticipated late-night takeover and showcase at London’s The Yard.
‘PALESTINE UNDERGROUND’ SCREENING (Boiler Room)
The night will begin with Boiler Room’s screening of their captivating documentary ‘Palestine Underground’, a captivating insight into the grassroots music scene and the artists breaking down musical and spacial boundaries. 9:30-10:30pm – Entry included in the general admission ticket.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Live shows and DJ sets of Balearic, electronica, hip-hop, funk, soul, disco, techno, trap meet samples, loops, reverb and bass. Producers come together with their intercontinental peers for a full night of music, dance, grooves and bass-heavy sound for this captivating and unique exchange.
[Tickets sold through local venues and promoters. Details in links above]
“Dancing and politics were on the same wavelength, and The Loft created a little social progress in tune with the times”
– David Mancuso
More a celebration of diversity than simply a club night, BATB, Brilliant Corners and The Loft are all descended from the DJ/promoter David Mancuso’s celebrated Loft parties in New York; the ethos is one where all dancers are welcome to the party regardless of ethnicity, sexuality, education or class. A rich blend of musical styles can be heard at all of these parties and venues in London – and this will be at the forefront of our tour of Palestine.
Going beyond just music, Sila aims to foster and strengthen the artists, venues and networks/communities, the ‘movers and shakers’ on the forefront of alternative movements and spaces. Drawing parallels and differences that underline transcontinental connections (between Palestine and London) – it ensures that music stays at the forefront of community cohesion, solidarity and innovative borderless thinking. The aim is to bring together music connoisseurs who will share time, space and experiences, to increase inclusivity, creative thinking and cultural dialogue.