Liverpool Arab Arts Festival in partnership with MARSM UK presents a tribute concert to the renowned Palestinian singer Rim Banna who passed away in 2018, following a decade-long battle with breast cancer. A pivotal and influential figure in the contemporary Palestinian music scene, this one-off performance brings together some of her closest peer musicians to perform a selection of newly re-orchestrated versions of her songs as a way to commemorate her legacy and celebrate resistance and victory through art.
Banna left an eclectic repertoire of 12 albums celebrating traditional and modern Palestinian and Arab music and poetry. In many ways, her art inspired her people’s continuous struggle for peace and equality. After she was told by doctors that she would no longer be able to sing, Banna defiantly began working on her last album Voice of Resistance, a brilliant conceptual album in which she turned her medical files into backing sounds while she recited her poetry.
This uplifting celebration of Banna’s life will include performances from Lebanese artist, singer and songwriter Tania Saleh, Palestinian pianist, composer Faraj Suleiman alongside his Quartet, Syrian MC and hip hop producer Bu Kolthoum and the Tunisian singer, songwriter and composer Sabrine Jenhani.
Supported by Arts Council England