Creating a wider appreciation of Saharawi culture and promoting Studio-Live in London through concerts, films, discussions and workshops.
The London crowd enjoyed a fantastic week of live music and educational activities with sensational
Saharawi singer and percussionist Aziza Brahim. The event was supported by a grant from Arts Council England and involved collaborations with the MA Music in Development (SOAS), the World Heart Beat Music Academy (Southfields) and London-based Muslim rappers Poetic Pilgrimage and Algerian band Diwan el Maalouf.
Sahara Live Week kicked off with the conference "The Art of Struggle: Addressing human rights through music" at SOAS, University of London. This was followed by four concerts and two music workshops by Aziza, as well as numerous interviews with London-based journalists.
An outspoken ambassador for her people’s culture and self-determination cause, Aziza performed songs from her critically acclaimed debut album Mabruk (June 2012), named after her poetess grandmother, who has inspired much of her work. Aziza fully supports Sandblast's work and headlined the official launch of our project Studio-Live at the multi-arts Sahara Nights event at the Roundhouse in Camden in June 2012.