28 July 2016, 11:40 AM
Africa Express, which has been hailed as the most revolutionary force in
popular music for two decades, is all about cross cultural collaboration. It
brings together musicians from different cultures, genres and generations
to break boundaries and offer a new perspective on Africa and its music.
The latest venture presented The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians joined
by performers from Britain, Syria, Algeria, Lebanon, Mail, Mauritania,
Senegal, Tunisia and the United States. Performers included Damon
Albarn, Baaba Maal, Bassekou Kouyate, Bu Kolthoun, Eslam Jawaad,
Faia Younan, Malikah, Mounir Troudi, Noura Mint Seymali, Paul
Weller, Rachid Taha, Seckou Keita and TALA.
The concert was a rare showcase of Syrian and Arabic music and aimed
at highlighting and celebrating the remarkable culture of Syria and, by so
doing, offering an alternative perspective to events as seen in the news.
The concert, produced by Pulse Films and sponsored by Google, was
live streamed from Royal Festival Hall via YouTube and archived on
Africa Express' YouTube channel.