Reporting on Eid Festival for Winkball

Early in July, I covered Eid Festival for Winkball, an online reporter network that focuses on culture in London.

The festival was an incredible event; one filled with talented musicians from all over the world highlighting the diversity of Muslim culture. Breakdancers and beatboxers performed and thriving food stalls hosted rich traditional flavours which wafted through Trafalgar Square with delight. Not only was the event highlighting the platform of music and food in the Muslim world, but it encouraged art and theatre too, paying homage to incredible artists and supporting wonderful work of creators and visionaries.

I had the pleasure of interviewing the genius behind “Hats of Faith“, a children’s story tale of the various religious hats that people wear. I find it such an enlightening and wonderful concept which can highlight to other’s the vast amount of culture in the world, supporting and uniting each other’s differences.

I also spoke to Rachel Gasden, a disabled artist who grew up in the Middle East (and like me struggles with this unusual heritage bubble) who uses performative elements in her pieces to help drive her work.

I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to the Sudanese artist Rasha, who experiments with all aspects of Sudanese styles of music and creates anecdotes from all over Sudan. I spoke to Maya Youssef on her inspirational courage and bravery to learn and play the Kanun, a challenging 78 string instrument. As well as the band Oxford Maqam, who mostly research and improvise 19th century works to create their own version with a unique modern twist, and the band Hawidro, who blend a fusion of Egyptian and Arabic sounds.

The 2 minute edit of the event can be seen here:

 

Interviewing Tony Humphries

I had the pleasure of interviewing Tony recently about his new music, new style, and new start- a real new beginning! It was interesting to learn from Tony, his musical background of fronting such a highly supported and heavy rock band, Nylon Sky, and now how he is building on those experiences and transforming his relationship with music, shaping it to be a two way communication through his new style. He sticks to his tight rhymes and catchy rhythms, but adds a new layer of personal connection with those that listen to his music, influencing others. His music’s powerful and my favourite song of his, “Change For Yourself” is only the beginning of what he has to bring.

Find him on Facebook here.

Interviewing LA Underlined

Recently, on a wonderfully sunny day, I interviewed the charming 5 piece band, LA Underlined on their journey together as a band. After hearing their song “Thief in The Night” on one of the radio stations I present for, eagle3, I was intrigued to find out more about the content of the song, as well as the eclectic musical elements that combine and fuse together to form their original sound.

Their journey as a 5 piece band is relatively new and so they are beginning to craft their style and talent, performing at local venues throughout Surrey and London, honing in on their collaborative sound.

The interview I had with them is delightfully frank and honest, as they recall the trials and tribulations of creating a band and performing songs together.

For more information about the band, head on over to launderlined.com