City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

The 2010 Middle East Festival One World Peace Concert, Saturday 6 February 2010, Roxy Art House, Edinburgh.

By nw2 - Posted on 02 February 2010

Event: 2010 Middle East Festival One World Peace Concert –
A Charity Fundraising Concert for the Middle East Festival and the Reel Festivals.  
Organisers: The Middle East Festival and Reel Festivals.
Venue: Roxy Art House, 2 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9SU.
Date: Saturday 6 February 2010.
Time: Doors open 6pm. Concert 7pm-11pm.
Event Description: The 2010 Middle East Festival One World Peace Concert celebrates the cultural diversity of Scotland and the Middle East. Join us in a spirit of friendship to celebrate our wonderful diverse communities in Scotland.

6pm: Doors open.
6pm-7pm: Food and drink provided by Susie’s Diner.
7pm-7.45pm: Waa Sylla.
8pm-8.45pm: Samba Sene and Diwan.
8.45pm-9.15pm: Interval for food and drink provided by Susie’s Diner.
9.15pm-10.05pm: GOL.
10.20pm-11pm: Babylon Arabic Band.

1. Waa Sylla was born of the inspiration and spirit that each member has for the rhythms of Africa. An Edinburgh-based 7-piece traditional djembe and doun-doun drums and dance troupe - playing drums, xylophone, kamele ngoni, flute, and songs and dances from around Western and Central Africa, especially Guinea, Ghana, Uganda and Mali. Waa Sylla are pleased to be a part of our wonderful community in Edinburgh and to bring us all together in the spirit of celebration.

2. Samba Sene and Diwan: Charismatic Senegalese singer Samba Sene is always worth watching!
His music is an engaging fusion of Senegalese traditional rhythms and grooves, with touches of reggae, latin, funk, rock and blues. His influences include former mentor Baaba Maal, Bob Marley, Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Alpha Blondy and Aswad. The songs cover a range of subjects from homelessness, equal rights to outright celebration. Uplifting and upbeat, this is world music with Senegalese soul.

3. GOL will perform a special set of their music from the EP "Roots" and their "Mixed UP!" MELA Commission for this concert. GOL's music has been described as 'UK and IRANIAN NU-JAZZ WORLD ELECTRONICA.’ The musicians are: 1. Roxana Pope (Vocals - Farsi, Arabic and English): British/Iranian; 2. Yann Seznec (Keyboards and live sampling): French/American; 3. Pete Vilk (Drum kit and samples): Czech/Slovak; 4. Allan Ferguson (Bass): Scottish; 5. Mat Clements (Congas, Darabuka, Percussion): English; 6. Iordanis Kalaitzoglou (Saxophone, Clarinet, Ney and Kaval): Greek; 7. Bouda Ahmadi (Iranian Santur): Iranian.

4. Babylon Arabic Band is an Edinburgh-based band which consists of Iraqi, Scottish, English and Irish musicians led by Mohammed Nafee (Iraqi singer and musician). They perform a selection of Mohammed’s favourite Arabic songs throughout all Arab countries, which he performed at parties and celebrations in Iraq. The musicians are: 1. Mohammed Nafee Mohammed  (Vocal and Oud); 2. Joel Sanderson (Double Bass); 3. Tim Leary (Violin); 4. Marion Kenny (Flute); 5. Adam Reid (Percussion); 6.  Frazer Watson (Percussion). The belly dancers are: Constantina and Sheikha.

Cost: £12/£10 (Concessions).

Booking: Tickets Scotland Ltd, 127 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3DT. 0131 220 3234. 9am-6pm (8pm Thursday), 11am-6pm Sundays.
Susie’s Diner, 51–53 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DB. 0131 667 8729.
Hilary’s Bazaar, 297 The Royal Mile, Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8BD. 0131 556 0408.
Yekta, 96 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1HN. 0131 225 9706.
Contact: Neill Walker,, 0131 331 4469.
Middle East Festival Website for information on other events:
The 2010 Middle East Festival, MESP 2010
6/2/2010: MESP 2010 Middle East Festival One World Peace Concert
12/2 - 1/3/2010: MESP 2010 Middle Eastern Film Festival
7/3 - 18/4/2010: MESP 2010 Middle Eastern Film Festival on Tour
18/2/2010: MESP 2010 Masterclass with Ibrahim El Batout
20/2/2010: MESP 2010 Day Workshop on Egyptian Cinema
23/2 - 4/3/2010: MESP 2010 Pre Events
27/2 - 3/3/2010: MESP 2010 Middle East Youth Festival
5/3 - 18/3/2010: MESP 2010 Main Events
11/1 - 31/3/2010: MESP 2010 Exhibitions and Displays