Friday, June 17, 2016

UAE Based MC’s Set to Tour European Musical Festivals highlighting Arabic Music | Africa Express

Genre Defining Arab Hip-Hop Artists Eslam Jawaad & Malikah set to be part of ‘Africa Express presents…The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians with Damon Albarn & Guests’

Eslam Jawaad and Malikah, two of the Arab Worlds pioneer Hip-Hop artists, are gearing up for performances at European music festivals set to begin in Holland on June 22,2016. The UAE residents will be representing their home-region as they entertain hundreds of thousands of music seekers expected to attend this summer’s festivities.

Eslam Jawaad of Syrian and Lebanese origin, and Malikah of Lebanese and Algerian origin, have rocked stages around the world with leading artists and performers including Wu-Tang, Gorillaz, De La Soul, and Rachid Taha. This year, the pair will be touring across six major festivals including the mega festivals ‘Glastonbury’ and ‘Roskilde’ as part of a special edition of ‘Africa Express presents The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians with Damon Albarn and Guests’.

Re-Volt asked Eslam Jawaad the below:-

  • How did this opportunity come to life?
EJ: Damon and I traveled to Syria in 2009 where I introduced him to the orchestra. since then & due to the war, many of them left Syria, and others suffer hardships. Damon wanted to regroup them to celebrate Syrian culture, and thus the tour was born

Malikah, who will be releasing her highly anticipated solo album later this year, added, “I’m honored to take part in this historic moment for Arab Classical Music and am thrilled at the prospect of having an entire Syrian Arabic orchestra playing Glastonbury.”

Syrian rapper Bu Kolthoum is also set to join the tour

The European tour dates for Africa Express presents…The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians with Damon Albarn & Guests include:

June 22: Holland Festival
June 24: Glastonbury
June 25: Southbank Centre
June 27: Istanbul
June 29: Roskilde
June 30: Köln Philharmonie

Check out for more details.

Follow their journey on Social Media:-

Malikah @

Eslam Jawaad @

Bu Kolthoum: @


A special link to watch the live stream from Royal Festival Hall in london on the 25th of June will be available

Very happy for these guys & i wish them the best! Go Get Them! 

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