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Khiyo: From Bangladesh to Britain

Sun 10 Mar, 3pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
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£22.50
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See a performance by Khiyo, the innovative London-based band giving Bengali heritage music a modern, fresh sound.

Khiyo’s repertoire is drawn from Bengali folk, film, protest songs and other traditional genres such as Nazrul and Rabindra Sangeet, with a sound that mixes folk and classical traditions from South Asia and the West with rock, blues and jazz.

They formed in 2007 as a collaboration between Sohini Alam, the British-Bangladeshi vocalist, and Oliver Weeks, a composer and multi-instrumentalist, to explore new ways of presenting traditional Bengali music while preserving its essence, and have since developed a reputation as a formidable live band, headlining many festivals around the UK and the world.

In 2012, a video Khiyo released on YouTube of its version of ‘Amar Shonar Bangla’ by the poet Rabindranath Tagore, Bangladesh’s national anthem, sparked controversy over its use of western instruments, seated musicians and vocal stylings, leading to an impassioned debate about the song’s place in the hearts of Bengalis in neighbouring West Bengal in India.

Presented by SAMA Arts

Dates & times

Sun 10 Mar, 3pm
Approximate run time: 2 hours.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

Price

  • Standard entry£22.50*
  • Concessions25%**


* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

** Limited availability. Read about concessions.

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Purcell Room

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