Kefaya – Global Protest Music

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“A unique voice” - Nitin Sawhney

Songlines Awards Best Newcomer Kefaya are an eclectic group of immigrants, travellers and international artists, who seek to find the common ground between folk traditions of the world with a cutting-edge sound rooted firmly in the 21st century.

"Ecstatic" - **** Financial Times

After tours across India, Italy and the UK, Kefaya are gaining a reputation for their virtuosic and mesmerising live performances. Their shows are a unique synthesis of musical styles, exploring the universal connections that allow artists around the world to develop a collective voice, whilst still paying homage to their distinct traditions and identities.

“Powerful, thought-provoking stuff” - **** Songlines

Kefaya’s versatility and wide knowledge of musical traditions has led to collaborations with internationally acclaimed artists, including legendary Indian vocalist, Shankar Mahadevan, Italian saxophonist, Daniele Sepe, British vocalist Nicki Wells, Cuban jazz violinist Omar Puente, Afghan singer Elaha Soroor, Italian folk singer Alessia Tondo, flamenco singer Chico Perez, and many others.

"An incredible new album...absolutely love it!" - Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6 Music

Kefaya’s debut album ‘Radio International’ was recorded during travels and collaborations with musicians across India, Palestine, Spain, Italy & the UK, transcending musical and geographical boundaries to demonstrate theuniversality of beauty. Themes such as internationalism, freedom of movement, immigration and struggle are reinforced by the concept of the album as an
'international radio station', where radio samples weave together the musical and political intentions behind the album. Tuned-in to the struggle for equality and liberation, Radio International broadcasts stories of migration, tales of musical encounter and sounds of resistance.

"Excellent album... you can imagine the pulses of digital subversion buzzing
through it" - **** New Internationalist

Other Events By These Artists

Date Event name Artist City/Town Venue
12 Feb Kefaya & Elaha Soroor + The Scorpios Elaha Soroor , Kefaya London Jazz Cafe

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