Folk & World


Part of WOW – Women of the World

Hear Joni Mitchell’s album Hejira performed by the Nu Civilisation Orchestra with Peter Edwards at the helm.

The orchestra is joined by Mercury Prize nominees Eska and Lisa Hannigan, critically acclaimed artist and philanthropist Nadine Shah, British Egyptian playwright, poet and screenwriter Sabrina Mahfouz, and Emel Mathlouthi, whose song ‘Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free)’ became an anthem for the Tunisian revolution, sparking the movement that came to be known as the Arab Spring.

Blending folk, jazz and pop influences, Hejira uses the Prophet Muhammad’s Hijra as a jumping-off point to tell stories of personal journeys, figuratively and literally. Led by Liz Swain, in collaboration with performers from Women for Refugee Women, who are joined by Southbank Centre's Voicelab choir.

Join us at this concert on International Women’s Day, celebrating women's experiences of migration.


Emel Mathlouthi
Lisa Hannigan
Nu Civilisation Orchestra
Southbank Centre's Voicelab choir led by Liz Swain, in collaboration with performers from Women for Refugee Women
Sabrina Mahfouz
Nadine Shah

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