THIS SATURDAY July 2nd we have so many exciting activities prepared for our Mid-summer Western Sahara Festival (Hundred Years Gallery, E2 8JD, 4-9.30pm).
To chill out at the end, the evening will conclude with a collaborative performance of two artists who have both been to the Saharawi refugee camps. Poet Sam Berkson will recite original poems and translated Saharawi poems from his poetry book “Settled Wanderers” accompanied by darbouka player Karim Delalli playing irresistible Algerian beats. Here is a teaser from their previous collaboration at Sandblast Benefit Concert last February 6 at the Bolivar Hall in London.
4pm - Welcome
4.15pm - English premiere "Battalion to my Beat" (Eimi Imanishi, 14')
4.30pm - Run the Sahara 2017 launch
5pm - Stave House in the Sahara presentation
6pm - BREAK
6.15pm - English premiere "The Desert of the Desert" (Samir Abujambra, 84')
8pm - Run the Sahara 2017 testimonies
8.30pm - Music and poetry by Sam Berkson and Karim Dellali
A poem by Inua Ellams – ‘Fighters and Lovers’ calls to mind the plight of the Saharawi, and urges that we must hope. That there will be a future which doesn’t conform to the present situation in the Western Sahara. That this future is destiny.
When dawn breakslike a stretched sonata silence brown handling
the fantastic blue, when dust litters this new quite
like the substance of prophecies before its period
of bloom, when life lulls the living back to its true paths
Our change will come.
It will come after a tumultus multitude of fighters
have expired for a reason not worth the breath
it is uttered with. It will come after the structures
of global lies fall, sparking the Exodus, movement
of the people with their minds in tow, it will come.
More wonderful artists performing at Sahara Nights!
He works extensively as a graphic designer / visual artist and also tries to mix the old with the new juxtaposing texture and pigment with flat shades of color and digitally created designs. He works in online and print. (Info from MySpace)
Inua will be reading amazing stories by Saharawi ex-political prisoner Mustafa Abdel Dayem.
Our incredible word master for Sahara Nights is our next feature.
A refreshing and versatile wordsmith that is carving his own niche on the Spoken Word circuit, Dan paints lyrical pictures with fire in his belly and ice on his tongue. Clever wordplay, wry humour and powerful stage presence combine to deliver an insight into the skewed mind of a twisted soul. Drawing influences from Hip Hop to Folk, he traverses political, natural and abstract landscapes in search of answers… but finds only more questions. (Info from Lyrix Organix website)
Treinta y Uno, Thirty One (2007), The Generation of Saharawi Friendship. Ediciones Sombrerete, Sandblast and University of Leeds.
As a result of Spanish colonialism and the elevated numbers of Saharawis who have studied in Cuba since exile began, a new generation of Saharawis have emerged who opt for Spanish over Arabic to express themselves. A group of poets called The Generation of Saharawi Friendship reflect this trend. Treinta y Uno, the first anthology of their poems to be published in Spanish and English.
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