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Yazz Ahmed with Emel and Rabih Abou-Khalil

An evening of contemporary Arabic music

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Award-winning British-Bahraini trumpeter Yazz Ahmed presents Tunisian avant-garde singer songwriter Emel and legendary Lebanese Oudist Rabih Abou-Khalil for an evening of contemporary Arabic music.

Yazz Ahmed draws on her mixed heritage, fusing jazz, Khaleeji music and electronica, to create a highly personal musical style. Tonight, she is joined by two artists from the Middle East and North Africa, who have found a new home in Europe — legendary Lebanese oudist, Rabih Abou-Khalil (whose album Blue Camel was a seminal influence on Yazz Ahmed) and Emel - avant-garde Tunisian-American singer and producer, whose soaring voice was a soundtrack to the Arab Spring and who has long been crafting a unique sonic universe, crushing stereotypes and forging a path all her own.

Performing with both their own ensembles and in collaboration with Yazz Ahmed and the Urban Soul Orchestra, Emel and Rabih Abou-Khalil will take the audience on a musical odyssey, mixing sounds from the MENA region to create a contemporary, universal musical language.

Tagged with: Contemporary music

Start time: 7.30pm

Approximate running time: 105 mins plus 20 min interval.

Please note all timings are approximate and subject to change.

Produced by the Barbican


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