Sat 16.02.19


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Tibet meets Irak meets Syrië meets Afghanistan meets Pakistan

The Refugees for Refugees Band is a band of 10 musicians who are refugees in Belgium and come from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tibet.

After the ’Amerli’ CD-release in may 2016, 10 of the musicians that took part at the recordings created a band. Under the artistic direction of Tristan Driessens, these virtuoso performers created a common repertoire that reveals the talents and cultural treasures that have become virtually invisible in Belgium and builds bridges between the musicians and the different traditions they represent, in order to produce perfomances that are rich, innovative and a mark of diversity and cultural exchange.

These are experienced musicians who have been trained at some of the most prestigious music academies in the Middle East (Damascus, Baghdad, Aleppo) and who have passed through a string of musical centres dotted along the former Silk road. In the past, they have enjoyed a rich career, international fame, and a variety of projects. But now, they have been forced to flee the disastrous situation in their home countries, uprooting themselves and abandoning their contacts, taking only their musical talents and instruments with them. These talents form the basis of the project. Together, we aim to develop a project that will help them to find their place and reconstruct their lives in Belgium.

Tammam Ramadan, a Syrian ney player gives another dimension tot the Aman Yusufi’s Afghan love song with energetic well dosed solo’s. Asad Qizilbash dialogues through his sarod with the qanûn of the Iraqi master Souhad Najem, as if they have been doing it forever. And Aren Dolma is the vocal witness of a mesmerizing singing tradition that lives in the Tibetan highlands.


Asad Qizilbash (sarod) (Pakistan-BE)
Aren Dolma (voice) (Tibet-BE)
Fakher Madallal (voice, percussion) (Syria-BE)
Kelsang Hula (dramyen, voice) (Tibet-BE)
Mohammad Aman Yusufi (dambura, voice) (Afghanistan-BE)
Simon Leleux (percussion) (BE)
Souhad Najem (qanun) (Iraq-BE)
Tammam Al Ramadan (ney) (Syria-BE)
Tareq Alsayed Yahya (ud) (Syria-BE)
Tristan Driessens (ud) (BE)


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Muziek brengt mensen samen in verdraagzaamheid
Prachtige samensmelting van muziek uit héél uiteenlopende culturen. Een voorbeeld van verdraagzaamheid en samenwerking dat prachtige muziek oplevert. Ideale muziek om op te mediteren !!
Fijne avond ,prachtige muzikanten !!!
Une mélange de culture et de sons joué par des artistes hors pair venus d'horizons si différents.... quelle harmonie, une musique qui vous emporte. Super spectacle, super groupe !
J'adore cette musique ! J'avais déjà leur premier CD et je voulais maintenant aussi les voir en concert. Je n'ai vraiment pas été déçue, c'était magnifique. L'harmonie qui existe entre toutes ces musiques d'horizons différents est fantastique. Anne 17.02.19
Fantastique! Quel talent, quelles couleurs, quelle richesse...un mariage de cultures réussi! C'était enivrant! En vrai il faut aller le voir...
Il est fascinant de constater comment des personnalités et styles si variés ont pu créer de si belles harmonies. La complicité entre musiciens était palpable. MAGNIFIQUE. Philippe.
Musiciens et chanteur/chanteuse excellents, son excellent. Magnifique! Une très belle découverte pour moi. Effectivement, de la différence peut naître l'harmonie. Et une très belle harmonie.
Als je van wereldmuziek houdt was dit concert zeeeeeeeer mooi
In één woord: PRACHTIG!!
Superbe concert ! Un seul bémol: une seule femme dans le groupe
Merveilleux mélange d'émotions, de beauté de force, de mélancolie, de joie dansante qui est passé hier soir à l'Ancienne Belgique montrant que de la diversité et de la différence peut naître l'harmonie ; bravo d'avoir permis, créé, réalisé ce concert un petit bemol : une seule femme sur scène france soubeyran 17.02.2019
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