Events / Kefaya + Papylonian Babooshkees at The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse
50 The Strand
Kent , CT14 7DX

Tickets: £7 in advance ( £9 on the door
Doors: 6:00 pm
Call: 01227 459243

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Thursday 25th May

Kent-based educational music charity, Music for Change, will be celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year. The charity began in March 1997 and will be running a series of special events to mark the anniversary throughout the year. We are delighted to announce that as part of the celebrations Kefaya, fresh from their BBC Radio 3 “World On 3” session, are playing The Lighthouse in Deal.


Their music has been described as “internationalist music”, “guerrilla jazz”, “contemporary world- fusion” and “global protest music” - however you attempt to describe them, Kefaya are a band that truly escape musical definition. An eclectic group of immigrants, travellers and international artists, Kefaya seek to find the common ground between folk traditions of the world with a cutting-edge sound rooted firmly in the 21st century.

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.

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.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 the universality 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.

“We are all immigrants. The chains of nationalism seek to restrain us within borders and boundaries, within checkpoints and separation walls. But to embrace our fellow traveller in the spirit of internationalism is to embrace the journey of human experience.” - Kefaya

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

“The sheer energy, political rage, and brilliant musicianship here makes this a stand out album of 2016, 2017 and many years to come. Note to myself – go and see them live!”– RS21

“A magnificent political concept album, a lucid response to the brutality unleashed against the peoples everywhere.” ***** - Morning Star

Papylonian Babooshkees:

Papylonian Babooshkees are Aidan Shepherd, Phil Holmes and Stewart Hughes. They play a mixture of traditional music and contemporary music from Papylonia, a little known country which borders Brazil, Russia and Uzbekistan.

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