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Sandblast Benefit Concert 6th Feb Bolivar Hall

PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:44 pm
by Jamie Renton
Leading London artists join forces for Sandblast Benefit Concert supporting Saharawi refugees in SW Algeria, affected by worst flood crisis in their 40-year old history

Bolivar Hall, 54-56 Grafton Way, W1T 5DL, London, Feb 6th , 7pm – 9.30pm

“We have lost it all, except our desire to keep fighting for a better world” (Khalil, journalist in refugee camps)

An explosion of Afro-Latin, folk and Andalusian vibes promise to transport audiences far from the grey bleak winter days in London at the Bolivar Hall on Saturday, February 6th. UK-based, multi-talented artists will gather together for an evening of music and poetry in support of the Saharawi refugees in the Algerian Sahara. The Sandblast-organized benefit concert is raising funds to help rebuild the lives and homes of thousands of refugees who lost everything due to devastating torrential rains in late 2015.

The Saharawis are refugees from Africa’s last colony, Western Sahara. They have been displaced in harsh desert camps near Tindouf, SW Algeria, for the past 40 years.

The line-up of some of London’s leading talents performing on the evening include Pia de Keyser, singer-songwriter and actress, who recorded her songs in February 2015 in the Saharawi refugee camps; Ramon Goose, one of the most versatile blues artists of his generation; Renny Jackson and his band, whose 2007 trip to the camps inspired the beautiful “Free Western Sahara” song; Poet Sam Berkson, in collaboration with Algerian darbuka player Karim Dellali, will recite poems from Settled Wanderers: The Poetry of Western Sahara- a first ever English translation of Saharawi poetry and Grupo Lokito, the best of Cuban-Congolese fusion, led by pianist and sound engineer Sara McGuinness. DJ Jamie Renton will be interlacing the evening with his irresistible global tunes.