folk & world

Friday Lunch: Jamal and Alaa

Part of Friday Lunch

Hear traditional Syrian and Arabic folk songs from Jamal and Alaa at this Friday Lunch.

The duo have performed together since they met as part of the Sussex Syrian Community Group in January 2017.

Before coming to the UK, Jamal spent over 40 years as a professional musician in Syria, where as well as composing music for TV, he ran a recording studio, played with several bands and lectured in universities as an expert on Arabic music.

He has toured with Damon Albarn and Gorillaz, and is a member of the London Syrian Ensemble.

Alaa is from a famous Syrian musical family and has played the oud and sung for 25 years.

Although not a professional musician, he is a well-respected player and is also training to become a translator to help support Syrian refugees settle in the UK.

Together with Best Foot Music, they have released a 7-inch vinyl record and digital download, with all funds from sales going to the Sussex Syrian Community Hardship Fund.

This special Friday Lunch is part of a series of events celebrating the 20th Refugee Week, 18 – 24 June.

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Royal Festival Hall
Central Bar, Level 2