OneTaste and Shubbak present
Uniting the 4 most inspiring young Palestinian performers
from the UK, USA & both sides of the Jordan River.
Featuring – Shadia Mansour, Z The People, El Far3i, Walaa Sbeit
and after party with Native Sun, Electric Jalaba & DJ Sotusura.
OneTaste, the renowned music and spoken word collective, joins Shubbak – London’s international contemporary Arab cultural festival, to showcase 4 rising Palestinian artists in one spectacular event. Their music: the freshest blend of Arab hip-hop, reggae and soul. Their mission: to unite artists beyond borders and embody a universal message of freedom.
Immerse yourself in traditional Palestinian Debka dancing, remixed Palestinian folk songs, mijwez funk solosand the poetic rhymes of Palestine’s sharpest hip-hop emcees. Then burst into a full-blown party of Moroccan Gnawa dance music, Mozambique/Caribbean hip-hop and DJ Sotusura spinning his latest underground African/Middle East dance cuts.
Borderless Beats is raising awareness for the inaugural Gaza International Music and Arts Festival, bringing artists and audiences from all over the world to Gaza to celebrate culture in Palestine.
OneTaste – ‘One of the most influential new voices in music’ – Q Magazine
OneTaste presents Borderless Beats
Saturday 6th July 2013
The Flyover, 3-5 Thorpe Close, Portobello, London, W10 5XL
8pm – 2am
Tickets: £10 adv/£12 on the door:
Ticket Link: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/217499
OneTaste Bio – www.onetaste.co.uk
OneTaste made their name by helping launch some of the UK’s most amazing talent; Michael Kiwanuka, Jamie Woon, Portico Quartet, Newton Faulkner, Little Dragon, Noisettes, Tawiah, Scroobius Pip, Polarbear, Jono McCleery, Wallis Bird, have all performed as part of OneTaste. Through showcases, festival tours, TV series and podcasts, OneTaste have helped nurture the best of London’s creative talent, getting the word out to the mainstream since 2004.
Shubbak Bio – www.shubbak.co.uk
16 COUNTRIES, 15 DAYS, 4O EVENTS – LONDON CELEBRATES CONTEMPORARY ARAB CULTURE IN MAJOR INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL – 2013 sees the second edition of Shubbak, A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture, with 15 days of exhibitions, concerts, films, plays, family events, talks and seminars in venues across London over two weeks from 22 June to 6 July 2013.
Building on the success of the first Shubbak Festival in 2011, and celebrating the growing cultural influence of the city’s Arab population, artists originating from countries including Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen will come together in London for this year’s Festival. Among the host venues are the Barbican Centre, the British Museum, Tate Modern, The Mosaic Rooms, Arab British Centre, Asia House, ICA, Serpentine Gallery, Rich Mix and the London College of Fashion.
El Far3i – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9AcCUO4XPI
El Far3i is a Palestinian drummer, lyricist, rapper and songwriter based in Amman, Jordan. One of the most prominent hip hop artists in the region, El Far3i uses his personal and socially conscious lyrics to express himself through singing and rapping over top of a guitar or over a beat made by various regional and international producers.
Z The People – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9AcCUO4XPI
Hailing from the land of America, Z the People grew up singing soul and shouting at men in suits in Washington D.C. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Z followed his nomadic heart and left the US to study and share music with folks of different cultures. His travels took him deep inside music scenes in places like Cuba, Mali, Greece, and finally, back to his roots in Palestine to wail his message of union and communion in Gaza and the West Bank.
Walaa Sbeit – http://www.reverbnation.com/walaasbait
Born in Haifa and raised between the mountains of the Galilee and the Mediterranean, Walaa is the son of a displeased Palestinian family from the village of Iqrit. Walaa is a community-art activist, devoting himself to popular art and third-world creativity as means of social change and community empowerment. He uses Palestinian folklore dance and poetry alongside African roots and hip-hop to reach the goal. Founder of the Ministry of Dub-key musical/cultural project, dancer, actor, and vocalist, Walaa now lives on the ruins of his grandfathers’ village, alongside a group of third generation refugees from Iqrit, implanting return as an action and not as a dream.
Together Walaa Sbeit, Z The People and El Far3i bring the energy of a Palestinian wedding, mixed with rai, reggae, hip-hop, and Arabic music. Messages of freedom will be spit over top of beats from the Levant …a true new celebration of roots culture.
Shadia Mansour – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21OXQ4m1-Bo
Shadia Mansour, ‘The First Lady of Arab Hip Hop’, sings and raps in Arabic and English, blending traditional and classical Middle Eastern sounds with smooth, powerful soul that anybody, from east to west can relate to. Shadia has collaborated with many prominent artists including The Narcicyst, Lowkey, M-1 of Dead Prez and Public Enemy’s Johnny “Juice” Rosado and has opened shows for Busta Rhymes and Mobb Deep.
As part of Existance is Resistance she collaborates with other Palestinian artists in promoting hip hop shows in Palestine.
Native Sun – www.nativesunmuzik.com
Native Sun is a London based duo consisting of bilingual rapper Mohammed Yahya, born in Mozambique, and singer-song writer Sarina Leah born in London with Caribbean roots. Joining forces in 2010 Native Sun have promoted a positive message of Universal Peace, Equality, Social Justice and Environmental Change. Independently, both artists have received attention through collaborations with Dead Prez, TY, Les Nubians, Dego and Eric Lau as well as sharing stages with K’Naan, Rhymefest, Brother Ali, Saigon, Black Star, Bocafloya and many more international acts.
With a rapidly growing buzz around their electrifying performances, Native Sun went on to release their first joint album together, “Indigenous Soundwaves”.
Electric Jalaba – www.electricjalaba.com
In summer 2011, eclectic groove adventurers, Soundspecies met Moroccan Gnawa master musician Simo Lagnawi at a festival. After a handful of jam sessions, they booked two days in a studio to document their space-age-gnawa experimentations. From the music created that weekend they released ‘Introducing Electric Jalaba’. It formed the basis of an electrifying live set that propelled Electric Jalaba to become one of London’s most in demand live acts with gigs at Camden Roundhouse, London African Music Festival, V&A Museum, Secret Garden Party, Larmer Tree festival and more.