Press

Coverage of Sandblast and its activities, especially of our Studio-Live project, has grown  in the past year or so, as has coverage of Saharawi artists and their work.   Here we share a range of articles, press releases and reports that have come out since October 2011.

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June, 2013. Shukran. Saharawi magazine reviews Sahara Live Week, the April event of educational activities and live music with sensational percussionist and singer Aziza Brahim. Ángel L. Martínez also reports about Sandblast latest trip to the Saharawi refugee camps, recent developments of Studio-Live and more upcoming events.

Click here to see the full report.

Click here to see the online version (Pages 17-19).

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19 June, 2013. El Pais. Angel L. Martínez featured Studio-Live in one of the blogs of the Spanish leading newspapers El Pais. Sandblast communications/marketing officer and journalist collected thoughts of the Saharawi students in the camps and edited a video with music from one of Studio-Live recording sessions in the ground.

Click here to read the online version.

Click here to read the online English version.

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17 April, 2013: The Wandworth Guardian. Southfield local newspaper announced Aziza’s concert at the World Heart Beat Academy as well as her workshop with young music students at Southfields Academy.

Click here to read the full article.

Click here to read the online version.

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20 April, 2013: El Iberico. The London Spanish newspaper covered Sahara Live Week as the event of the month aiming to rise awareness about the plight of the Saharawi people through the arts.

Click here to see the full article.

Click here to see the online version.

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April 2013: Music and African-related websites. Networks and other online media outlets related to both music and African issues such as ‘Creative Africa Network’ or ‘World Music Network’ also promoted Sahara Live Week.

Click here to see the online version in ‘Creative Africa Network’

Click here to see the online version in ‘World Music Network’

Click here to see the online version in ‘The Arab British Centre’

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April 2013: Online media outlets. Websites like AllInLondon, Songklick, Migrant Voice, TimeOut or ZVents promoted Sahara Live Week, the educational and music event that brought Aziza Brahim to different venues across London to promote Saharawi culture and the music project ‘Studio-Live’.

- Click here to see the online version in AllInLondon.

- Click here to see the online version in Time Out.

- Click here to see the online version in ZVents.

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March 2013: Shukran. Angel L. Martinez reports on Sahara Live Week, the April event of educational activities and live music with the Saharawi singer Aziza Brahim, and on the historic meeting with Saharawi musicians in Spain in January.

“Sahara Live Week is a multidisciplinary event to promote Saharawi rights and Studio-Live… which has recently evolved to engage with the Saharawi diaspora living in Spain…” (translation).

Click here to see the full report.

Click here to see the online version (Pags 23-27).

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28 February, 2013: Pambazuka News. Danielle Smith analyses the evolution of Studio-Live music project and its potential to bring Saharawi voices into the spotlight.

“[Studio-Live] draws on its enormous pool of skills, expertise and knowledge of the music industry, to ensure the Saharawi voices and their peacefully-conveyed resistance message can no longer be ignored”

Click here to see the online version.

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January 2013: Shukran. The monthly Spnaish magazine reports on Studio-Live, covering the beginnings of the project, its evolution and future developments.

“Studio-Live aims to be a Saharawi self-managed project to promote, develop and internationalise its music, its cultural values and its struggle” (translation)

Click here to see the full report.

Click here to see the online version (Pags 20-22).

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November 2012: The Africa Report. Rama Ba reports on Studio-Live how the project will help Saharawi old music tradition as well as new talent from Saharawi refugee camps.

“It could provide a platform for new bands to emerge, and for old bands, such as the fabled El Wali, to regroup. There will also be a mobile library so that musicians can rent amplifiers and microphones cheaply.”

Click here to see the full page article.

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August 2012: Songlines. Nathaniel Handy, music journalist and researcher, reviews last Aziza’s album Mabruk with her new band Gulili Mankoo.

“The album’s title is taken from Brahim’s poet grandmother Khadra Mint Mabruk, whose verse she has set to music on several tracks. The insistent groove is infectious and the crossover sounds highly effective, in particular the quicksilver guitar, best hear in bluesy numbers such as ‘Wilaya Blues’ and ‘Invasores’.”

Click here to see the full page review.

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July 2012: fROOTS. Jamie Renton, DJ, promoter and journalist, reviews the two Saharawi “soul divas”: Mariem Hassan and Aziza Brahim,  who was a great surprise for him.

“She’s got a fine voice, high and blessed with a souful ache, her backing musicians are good and there’s impressive songcraft on display… This album suggest she’s certainly one to keep an eye on and from what I’ve seen and heard on YouTube, even better live.”

Click here to see the full page review.

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June 2012: Songlines. Danielle Smith, Sandblast’s founder reports on Saharawi music and conflict  from Smara refugee camp, Tindouf (Algeria). 

“Shmeidah’s band may lack a name but there is no lack of conviction in either his voice or in his motives for singing: ‘Anything I can do for my cause, to explain the world about my Western Sahara, about the Moroccan occupation and that we want our freedom, I do with my music’.”

Click here to see the full page report.

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June 16, 2012: Ceasefire Magazine. Donnacha DeLong, journalist and president of the National Union of Journalist, reviews Sahara Nights launch of Studio-Live.

“Engaging multimedia showcase in London aimed to draw attention to the rich culture of the people of Western Sahara.” 

Click here to see the full page review.

Click here to see the online version.

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June 14, 2012: Ham & High. Review of Sahara Nights at the Roundhouse on June 6th.

“The Roundhouse in Chalk Farm was transported to the Sahara for a night of music, dance and art.”

Click here to see the full page review.

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June 11, 2012. The Camden News Journal. Review of Sahara Nights launch.

“Playing an upturned crate from a drum, accompained by a guitarrist, and keeping up a mistery Mona-Lisa smile, she sang her grandmother’s poems with heartbreaking emotion, draped in a Saharawi flag, and almost broke down.”

Click here to see the full page review.

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June 6, 2012: Demotix. Photographic review of Sahara Nights launch of Studio-Live.

“The multi arts evening features performers from the Western Sahara, such as Aziza Brahim.”

Click here to see the full page review.

Click here to see the online version.

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May, 2012. Time Out. Listing of Sahara Nights.

“… Studio-Live, an initiative aiming at galvanising the UK music to help build a Saharawi music industry from scratch in Algerian refugee camps. In the headline slot, brilliant vocalist Brahim, from Western Sahara, fuses Latin rythms, Afro-beat and desert blues in her politically and socially conscious music.”

Click here to see the full page mention.

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May 2102. Ham & High. Josh Pettitt features hacking story of Sandblast website and highlights its work with Studio-Live.

“…charity accused Moroccan government of involvement in the hacking and deliberate crashing of its website, to sabotage opposition to the regime.”

Click here to see the full page feature.

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May 10, 2012: The Guardian. Robin Denselow’s review of El Aaiun Egdat, legendary Saharawi singer Mariem Hassan’s latest album.

“…from the pained and personal ‘Your Desertion’ to the cheerful R&B of The Melfa, praising traditional women’s dress.”

Click here to see full page review.

Click here to see the online version.

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April 16, 2012: Musika. Violeta Ruano, Sandblast Assistant Project Manager, review of El Aaiun Egdat, by Mariem Hassan.

“…the use of jazz language … adds warmth and colour to a smoother voice than ever that reminds us: the Saharawis want to live in their free country.”

Click here to see the full page review.

Click here to see the online version.

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 April 2012: Songlines. Article on Sahara Nights and Studio-Live project.

“The project aims to bring Saharawi musicians the chance to record professionally and thereby reach a wider global audience”

Click here to see the full page review.

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December 10, 2011: The Guardian. Robin Denselow’s review of Sandtracks, camp-based band Tiris’s debut album, digitally released by Believe Digital.

“If they weren’t stranded in refugee camps in the desert in south-west Algeria, Tiris would surely be one of the success stories of north Africa.”

Click here to see the full page review.

Click here to see the onlive version.

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October 2011. Songlines. Original Studio-Live launch event is featured.

“The project aims to provide the Saharawi access to resources, expertise and the global music market in pertnership with UK organisations…”

Click here to see the full page review.

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