Performing in London for the first time, Legendary Saharawi singer Mariem Hassan, joined forces with Fairtunes and Sandblast to launch Studio-Live – a project which was conceived in 2010. The event aimed to profile of our work to build a Saharawi music industry from scratch in the refugee camps in the Algerian desert. The aim is to engage interest from UK-based musicians, producers, technicians, and music industry specialists.
Wth live music and spoken word acts, the Roundhouse audience were literally transported to the Sahara. Compered. Hosted by our very own friend and collaborator Dan Tsu from Lyrix Organix, the evening included the divine Congolese British vibes of Ruby and the Vines, short Saharawi stories and poems presented by playwright Inua Ellams, the inimitable Venzuelan singer Luzmira Zerpa, and mesmerizing kora player Kadialy Kouyate, who recently performed and recorded with Baaba Maal.
Performances were interlaced with visual projections from award winning photographers Andrew McConnell and Bernat Millet and images by Saharawi children. Also joining the event, all the way from Norway where she currently lives, was Asria Taleb a young Saharawi refugee woman who recently published her story.