As part of Israel Apartheid Week 2018, War on Want and Artists For Palestine UK aren’t missing a beat, presenting a compelling and unmistakable musical showcase of some of the leading musical wordsmiths of our time. The evening is dedicated to the ongoing struggle of the Palestinian people and their fight for justice, standing up to 100 years of settler colonialism and celebrating 100 years of (inspiring, and being inspired by) popular struggle for resistance.
Headlining the night is the one and only Benjamin Zephaniah with his live band, accompanied by a full line-up of dub, beats, poetry and hip-hop.
For more on War on Want’s Justice for Palestine campaigns, see www.waronwant.org.
Iconic dub poet, novelist and playwright, Zephaniah’s groundbreaking work has been a driving force in reshaping the vibrant landscape of contemporary poetry. Strongly influenced by the musical culture of Jamaica, he uses poetry as ‘street politics’ that galvanise and challenge racism and discrimination, while celebrating the resilience of diversity and community. His uniquely spellbinding performance is an astounding poetic affront and one step closer to overcoming the deeply seated injustices in our world
Founding member of the legendary Palestinian rap trio DAM, Tamer’s wit and dedication have helped paved an impressive way for homegrown Arabic hip-hop to flourish and travel far beyond his hometown of Lyd. His cunning solo show is a beat-defying homage to his thoughts, life and inspirations, and a cleverly defined extension of his hip-hop roots and Palestinian heritage.
On the heels of 135-stop tour to promote his new collection, Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up From Brooklyn to Palestine, poet and writer Remi Kanazi has received stunning acclaim for his sharp rhymes and rhythms that accompany the reader and listener on a poetic personal journey. From John Berger to John Pilger, Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges and Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the BDS movement, Kanazi has been praised as a gleaming voice of resistance and reason.
Rasha Hilwi (aka DJ Hilwi) is a Palestinian writer, cultural journalist, cultural manager and DJ. She was born in the city of Acre and now based in Berlin. Taking you on a music journey, she DJs music and songs from the Middle East, North Africa, West and South Asia and Eastern Europe.
Doors open 8PM
Tickets available through Richmix.
War on Want works to achieve a vision of a just world through a mission to fight against the root causes of poverty and human rights violations. As part of the worldwide movement for global justice, they listen to the voices of partners and allies, acting to enable those at the frontline of poverty and human rights violations – for long-term solutions and real change.
MARSM is an events company that promotes the rich and diverse culture of the Arab world in the UK. Promoting artists that challenge mainstream cultural and musical production, they recognize the power of art to unite people in shared celebration by creating mutually supportive networks for artists and audiences alike.
Artists For Palestine UK (APUK) is a growing network of artists, cultural workers, and activists who wish to make a stand in support of justice and equality for the Palestinians. APUK was launched in 2015 as a response to the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, and in particular to calls from Palestinian artists and cultural organisations.
SOAS Palestine Society (PalSoc) aims to raise awareness on the Palestinian struggle for liberation and the socio-political and economic realities facing Palestinians in and outside Palestine. Providing political platforms to encourage debate and discussion among SOAS students, they’re developing a student-led movement that recognises the interconnections between international liberation struggles.