UK Premiere – Tania Saleh
Sat 1 July 2017, 7.30pm
Tickets £17.50 – £30 plus booking fee
Kicking off Shubbak’s music programme, the Barbican Hall plays host to the songs of the modern Middle East as Cairokee and Tania Saleh bring their music to London.
“Incendiary lyrics and high powered motorbikes: Egypt’s revolutionary rock band won’t keep quiet”
Egyptian band Cairokee and Lebanon’s Tania Saleh are two artists who capture the urgency of our time, their songs reflecting the social and political turmoil experienced not only in the Middle East, but the whole world over.
Lebanese songwriter and visual artist Tania Saleh brings worlds together, marrying traditional styles tarab, mawwal and dabke with folk, alternative rock, bossa nova and jazz to take us on an eclectic, poetic musical journey.
She is followed by a performance from Egypt’s Cairokee who will be singing tracks from their new album. Taking their name from a portmanteau of the Egyptian capital and ‘karaoke’, Cairokee sing for Cairo; these are bold truths presented with infectious music, mixing rock, rap and traditional Egyptian sounds in optimistic odes to a better future.
“Citizen of sound and engaged with sensitivity to art, Saleh represents musical eclecticism against all tyranny. Her latest album is a tribute of great freedom to the Arab woman.”
Elle Magazine on Tania Saleh
Produced by the Barbican in association with MARSM. Cairokee are produced by El-wekala Global Productions
Tania Saleh is an alternative Lebanese singer/songwriter/visual artist, one of the rare female singers/songwriters in the Arab world and one of the most respected independent artists in the region. Her lyrics mirror the reality of the Lebanese/Arab social and political turmoil. Since her early debut in 1990, she has experimented with various musical genres, which has resulted in a fresh and original mix of Lebanese “tarab”, “mawwal” and “dabke” flavored with folk, alternative rock, bossa nova and jazz.
Her visual style also helped to create a unique artistic image that made her stand out from the clutter of the mainstream Arabic music scene.
Her collaborations are very eclectic: Ziad Rahbany, Toufic Farroukh, Issam Hajali, Charbel Rouhana, Ibrahim Maalouf, RZA, Nile Rodgers, Charlotte Caffey, Rayess Bek, Tarek El Nasser, Natasha Atlas, Bernd Kurtzke, Anneli Drecker, Mathias Eick, Kjetil Bjerkestrand, Terry Evans and many others.
To date, she has released 4 albums, “Tania Saleh” 2002 (self-produced), “Wehde” 2011 (self-produced), “Live at DRM” 2012 (self-produced) and “Shwayit Souwar-A Few Images” 2014 (co-produced by the Norwegian label, KKV). She also released many independent music videos directed by various talented Lebanese artists and film directors: Nadine Labaki, Amin Dora, Chadi Younes, David Habchy and Obeida Sidani.
She wrote the song lyrics for two of Lebanese director Nadine Labaki’s feature films “Caramel” (2007) and “Where Do We Go Now?” (2011), and co-wrote the title song of Philip Araktinji’s “Heritages” (2014). Many of her songs have been used in various television and radio programs, online journals and film soundtracks worldwide.
She has collaborated in musical workshops and residencies in Lebanon, USA, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Egypt, Dubai, Switzerland and France.
Tania was featured as one of the main Arab artists in the PBS-produced film “Dissonance and Harmony/Arab Music Goes West” and in compilation albums around the world: “Songs From a Stolen Spring” (Norway/USA), “Bagdad Heavy Metal” & “Desert Roses 5” (USA), “Radio Beirut” (Germany), “Sunset in Marrakesh” & “La Fleur Orientale” (Turkey).
Her latest album-launch concert was sponsored by The Baalbeck International Festival where she wrote and performed a special song dedicated to the city of Baalbeck (Jupiter’s temple of the Sun) which was used as an end-of-year gin on the occasion of the festival’s 60-year anniversary.
She performed live in various venues of the world including Byblos International Festival, Beirut Spring Festival, Music Hall (Beirut), Dar Al Opera, Must Opera House, Al Genaina Theater, Bibliotheca Alexandria (Egypt), Dubai Design District (UAE), The National Theater of Doha (Qatar), Al Shaheed Park (Kuwait), The Roxy & Arlington Fes+val (USA), The Odeon Theater (Jordan), Kulturhuset Stadsteatern (Sweden) and many others.
Cairokee’s name expresses their intimate connection with their Egyptian roots, combining both Cairo & Karaoke to symbolize their “singing along” with Cairo. Listening to Cairokee’s music is like a journey to contemporary Egypt, their massive smash hits have triggered the sentiments of people throughout the Arab world articulating the various struggles of modern societies.They snapped out of the clichés making bold statements for 13 years and speaking the truth. A band with countless successes and an uprising career, they managed to explore a new musical territory that they successfully claimed to be an icon brand in Egypt and a top-liner in the region.