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Refugees for Refugees

SYR, BEL, PAK, IRQ, AFG, TIB     World
Tibet meets Iraq meets Syria meets Afghanistan meets Pakistan.

After a dazzling album release show in a sold-out main hall of the AB and a tour that took them to different corners of Europe, Refugees for Refugees finally play again in their own city. The refugee musicians from Syria, Tibet, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan express themselves as rock-solid musical personalities who choose the new path of cooperation, with their colleagues and fellow sufferers, but also with musicians from their new home country Belgium. The 10 musicians reap the benefits of two years of musical, cultural and religious exchanges by putting them into the programme of their second album, Amina. The search for what binds them together forms the basis for a new music, a genre of its own, that inspires and that makes a strong statement based on intercultural cooperation.

With incredible mastery, they link an Indian raga to a Tibetan song, an Arabian suite with a popular Hazari song from Afghanistan, a Himalayan song enriched with eastern percussion, while Arabic Sufi singing and a spiritual Pakistani song accompany a Tibetan mantra, as if it were always meant to be.

Although this wonderful musical and human encounter has grown out of difficult personal trajectories, it forces admiration as a symbol of hope and determination. If the first album was one of resistance, then its successor is that of resilience.

Asad Qizilbash: sarod
Aren Dolma: vocals
Fakher Madallal: vocals, percussion
Kelsang Hula: dramyen, vocals
Mohammad Aman Yusufi: dambura, vocals
Simon Leleux: percussion
Souhad Najem: qanûn
Tammam Al Ramadan: ney
Tareq Alsayed Yahya: oud
Tristan Driessens: oud, artistic direction
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