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Souad Massi

+ Ruba Shamshoum

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The Franco-Algerian singer-songwriter and guitarist performs songs from her forthcoming album Sequana.

Souad Massi takes her musical roots from wide-ranging and diverse styles. Her tenth album draws on folk, country, rock, calypso, bossa, and sounds of the Middle East and the Algerian desert.

Massi began her career fronting the Kabyle political rock band Atakor, earning her a reputation as a troublemaker in an Algeria torn apart by civil war. After fleeing to Paris following a series of death threats, she performed at the 1999 Femmes d'Algérie to great acclaim, earning her first recording contract.

Support comes from Palestinian singer Ruba Shamshoum, whose poetic mix of dream pop, jazz and Middle Eastern soul tells bold stories of femininity, vulnerability, and human connection to nature and one’s self, with a special guest appearance from renowned guitarist Justin Adams.

Tagged with: Contemporary music

Start time: 8pm

Approximate running time: 130 mins plus 20 min interval.

Please note all timings are approximate and subject to change.

Produced by the Barbican in association with Marsm

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