The Trace of the Butterfly: A Tribute to Rim Banna

Friday 12 July, 8:00 pm

Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room
£12 / £15


Liverpool Arab Arts Festival in partnership with MARSM UK presents a tribute concert to the renowned Palestinian singer Rim Banna who passed away at the age of 51 in 2018, following a decade-long battle with breast cancer. A pivotal and influential figure in the contemporary Palestinian music scene, this one-off performance brings together some of her closest peer musicians to perform a selection of newly re-orchestrated versions of her songs as a way to commemorate her legacy and celebrate resistance and victory through art.

Banna left an eclectic repertoire of 12 albums celebrating traditional and modern Palestinian and Arab music and poetry. In many ways, her art inspired her people’s continuous struggle for peace and equality. However, after she was told by doctors that she wouldn’t be able to sing anymore, Banna defiantly began working on her last album Voice of Resistance, a brilliant conceptual album in which she turned her medical files into backing sounds while she recited her poetry. She would officially retire from live performances in 2016. According to her record label, Banna intended for her final work to be a powerful statement paying homage to her people’s struggle against all foes and woes, always with a sign of victory and a smile of hope.

This uplifting celebration of Banna’s life will include performances from Tania Saleh, the Lebanese artist, singer and songwriter, Faraj Suleiman, Palestinian pianist, composer and leader of the Faraj Suleiman Quartet, Syrian MC and hip hop producer, Bu Kolthoum and the Tunisian singer songwriter and composer, Sabrine Jenhani, with more artists to be announced.

The Music Room, is situated on the corner of Myrtle Street and Sugnall Street, at the rear of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

Supported by Arts Council England.

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