The Arts Canteen presented Amira Kheir gig/album launch held at London RichMix. A vibrant venue known for supporting widespread art projects and artists. Whether it is an independent film opening, album launch, theatre plays, comedy gig or projects along the line.
On a cold Thursday evening, Feb the 20th 2014, diverse groups of people from all walks of life descended to East London Richmix to witness Amira Kheir second album launch ALSAHRAA – the desert (2014 Contro Cultura Music/ Sterns African Music / produced by Amira Kheir).
The designated room looked cosy with dim blue and red light, reflecting the mixed music styles Amira is blessed with. A blend of soul, blue, folk, jazz, African and Sufi music.
The diversity of her music extended to her band, which was assembled in London, and beyond London. Music brought them together from different corners of the world Sudan, Egypt, Colombia, Senegal and many more.
Amira sang 11 songs and here are the song set:
First song : Ya Gadir Ta3ali
Second song: 7abibi ta3al – A tale of impossible love
Third song: Alsahaaa- the desert – the space where the music represent, and the name of the album
Fourth song: Ya Mara – owed to women- dedication to the women around the world
Amira really excelled in this song. She hit a wide range of vocal notes. Also she played a transitional musical instrument, where pull a thread and a drum like sound played (check the video segment)
Fifth song: Luna – song in Italian
Accompanied by a trumpet and Arabic Oud
Sixth song: Sudanese sera drum – Ya 3dila Ya Bida Sudanese za3’areet. Crowd participation
Special guest – Village choir – played the chorus
Seventh song: Ma Assalama Rafigi
Special guest – Abdoulaye Samb (from Senegal)
Accompanied by a trumpet and Oud
Eighth song: ya 7abibi ana 3ian
Accompanied by Oud
Ninth song: khallooni
Tenth song: Kalim Gamarina
Last song: Ahmed Almustafa Samiri (crowd participation)
Following the release of her critically acclaimed debut album ‘View From Somewhere’ (2011 Contro Cultura Music/ Sterns African Music) this accomplished vocalist has been steadily rising in the World music and Jazz circuits appearing on line and on air including in BBC 3′s ‘World on 3′, BBC World Service Network Africa, BBC Arabic and BBC Persia. She has performed internationally on some of the world’s biggest stages and festivals from the London Jazz Festival to the Festival Au Desert in Mali. 2013 saw Amira tour internationally with her Quartet as part of the ‘World Sessions’ Tour, as well as cross the bridge into film when she was commissioned to write and perform a live score for Ernst Lubitch’s landmark silent film “Sumurun” as part of the 2013 Bird’s Eye View Film Festival celebrating women in film.
From Amira’s site