Palestinian Singer Song-writer and Guitarist To Perform at WOW Festival on 11th and 12th March
11th March 2022 @17:15 Queen Elizabeth Foyer Hall
12th March 2022 @14:00 — 17:00 Saturday at WOW
Haifa born, Berlin based Palestinian singer, songwriter and guitarist Rasha Nahas will be presenting two performances at London’s Women of the World Festival, performing new material from her upcoming album “AMRAT” to be released this summer.
Rasha Nahas will be playing two stripped back sets, creating a sound that moves seamlessly between the resonances of early rock ‘n’ roll and the reckless echoes of free jazz, complemented by her distinctive approach to songwriting, storytelling and performance.
The show on the 11th of March will see her showcase musical creations both past and present, giving a sneak preview of some of her upcoming releases. Rasha’s performance on the 12th will come as part of the Saturday at WOW program, where she will be scoring the obituaries of some of the world’s most influential women.
Rasha’s upcoming album “AMRAT” consists of a rich sonic soundscape that brings together oppositions of the urban and the rural, the organic and the processed, the near and the distant. While some tracks weave together classical and rhythm guitar arrangements, percussions, strings, Qaraqeb, there’s “the other side” with more electric guitars and synths. The subject matter of “Amrat” swings between passionate emotions, dark corners of the soul and the diverse connotations a place can signify, shattering borders and binaries and re-imagining the concept of space.
The shattering of dichotomies is especially evident in the official video of her song AL MADINI (The City), which was filmed on a phone camera as Rasha was moving between Haifa and Berlin.
Produced by Rasha Nahas and Palestinian musician and composer Shaden Nahra, the album was recorded in the freshly built 67 Studio in Majdal Shams in the occupied Golan Heights. Rasha has for the first time ventured into her Arabic mother tongue to pen down the deep-seated lyrics of this album, while collaborating with some of the Arabic-speaking world’s similarly minded artists including Egyptian Dina El Wedidi and Palestinian Terez Sliman.
Her shows within the WOW Festival at London’s Southbank Center come only a few days after her scheduled performance at the Berlin based Queer Film Teddy Award, Berlinale International Film Awards.
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