The Markaz & The Soul Force Project bring together world music from Palestine to West Africa with Dal’Ouna on tour in Los Angeles. Joining the concert are Prince Diabaté from Paris with Tumbafé offering sounds of the Guinean griot, musician storytellers of West Africa. The program includes author Sandy Tolan relating stories from his latest book Children of the Stone: the Power of Music in a Hard Land, about the life of Ramzi Aburedwan growing up as a refugee in Ramallah and how music transforms the lives of Palestinian children. Tickets are $20 advance and $25 at the door. Please purchase tickets here.
The Dal’Ouna Ensemble performs a dynamic fusion of Palestinian folk, classical, jazz and world music, featuring composer, violist and buzouk player Ramzi Aburedwan and percussionist Tareq Rantisi from Palestine, oud player Ziad Ben Youssef from Tunisia, Edwin Buger from Yugoslavia on accordion and the young vocalist Oday al Khatib, product of the refugee camp Al Fawwar near Hebron.
Named after a style of song performed in Palestine, Lebanon and Syria, Dal’Ouna stands for the communal values of synchronicity, collaborative work and mutual support required for a successful olive harvest, for building a home, or producing a life cycle event. The body of work developed by the ensemble represents the group’s wide-ranging talents and diverse backgrounds, creative exchanges between the soloists, and the sensibility that in music, there are no borders.
West African kora virtuoso Prince Diabaté will perform the joyful and polyrhythmic music of his homeland of Guinea along with percussionists from Panama & US, Nikki Campbell, Monette Marino and Linda Albertano. Also featured will be the Afro-Indian crossover project Tumbafé with Paul Livingstone, blending the sounds Indian sitar & tabla with the kora (African harp) in an ethereal and captivating weave of cascading melody and rhythm.
Join us for a convergence of dynamic world music and redemptive stories in the struggle for freedom for all peoples. The Soul Force Project is committed to celebrating music as a vehicle for change, supporting nonviolent action in the human rights and environmental struggles against racism, militarism and climate change. The Markaz explores enriching cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, challenging mainstream narratives and stereotypes.
- September 15, 2019 at 6pm – 9pm
- Zebulon, 2478 Fletcher Drive, LA 90039