There is a wonderful all women artists night at Richmix, Bethnal Green Road, London (just near Shoreditch High Street station) tonight with young Sudanese singer/composer Amira Kheir and her band and Lebanese singer/composer Yara Lapidus Here is the event link, it is promoted by the excellent organisation Arts Canteen who often programme in women artists in a way that is exemplary!
https://www.facebook.com/events/246020412686176/ Follow the link to find out more about the artists in any case!
Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir ('The Diva of the Sudanese Desert' - BBC World News), has been trail-blazing her way through the world music and jazz scenes of London, defying categorisation. Her music draws from traditional Sudanese music, entrenched in frenzied East African polyrhythms, pentatonic scales, and ancient mystical Nubian and Niolitic melodies, while being strongly anchored in experimental jazz and neo-soul, in a vastness of electric desert blues.
When the great composer and producer, Gabriel Yared, composer of film scores such as 'The English Patient' met Yara in 2012, he was enthralled by her unique vocal timbre. Two years of writing, followed by recording sessions at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, London lead to the album 'Indéfiniment'. There is nothing indefinite about this production, but there is the meticulous and magical precision of a craftsman of music and sound, combined with a voice, like a siren. Recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, the album « Indéfiniment »was born from a passion for simple and timeless songs.
Here also is an interview that WiM chair Debbie Golt did with Amira and one of her musicians Nadir Ramsey
www.mixcloud.com/resonance/the-outerglobe-25th-october-2019 They play live from Amira's new album Mystic Dance as well as talking about the music.