Arab Song Jam in Berlin

Sound Routes

Arab Song Jam in Berlin

Thursday 02.03.2017 7:00 PM | Club

Admission: Free


Entirely new interpretations of traditional and popular Arab songs!

1st Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM

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The new concert series ARAB SONG JAM is a subproject of the EU-financed project “Soundroutes. Notes for getting closer” with the aim to integrate refugees in Europe. The WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN is the organiser of this event in cooperation with partner organisations in Belgium, Italy and Spain.

Similar to Jazz jam sessions around the world which use the The Real Book’s Jazz standards as a blueprint, the new concert series ARAB SONG JAM incorporates this established Jazz concept and makes use of the rich treasures of the Arab-language song repertoire, made popular in the 50s and 60s from Cairo and Fairuz to Beirut by legendary singers like Oum Kalthoum. Add to this, lashings of traditional Arabic songs and you’ll end up with an extraordinary new Jazz sound.

“There are many songs from the region that every child knows” explains bandleader Nasser Kilada, “to reinterpret them so that they sound new again – that is a high art.”
Nasser Kilada presents the vocal group Haneen Group Berlin to open the series: The Haneen Group Berlin was founded in 2017, it is a female choir who performs traditional Syrian songs as a way of dealing with the effects of the war and as a tool to empower women to provide social and psychological support. Their goal is to create vocal groups in the Syrian diaspora. The Haneen Group Berlin sang on the 23rd of December 2016, at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirch, demonstrating solidarity with the victims of the Berlin Christmas market terrorist attack. They also sang at a Rote Rathaus event in cooperation with the Ibn Rushd incorporated society in February 2017.

Raja Banout: Founder and management

Waseem Mukdad: Music trainer and art director

Attending the ARAB SONG JAM is free of charge.