After a sold out concert at the Barbican, Souad is finally back in London for a special concert not to be missed!
Raised in Algeria pre-civil war, playing guitar in jeans and trainers, Souad Massi was going to get noticed: first for fronting a political rock band, later performing solo in Paris after fleeing death threats. Here she will present material from her album Al-Mutakallimûn, mixing Arabic instruments such as the oud with rock and folk influences alongside Portugese Fado and African soul. Her melodic songs are universally appealing, covering topics from love to politics.
On “El Mutakallimun”, Souad Massi has immersed herself in Arabic poetry and used some of the most significant poems from across the Milleninium as the lyrics for her most beautiful collection of songs “I was fed up with all the images associated with Arabic culture,” Souad says. “I wanted to pay homage to those mutakallimūn because they left us many beautiful things to share with people who don’t really know about Arabic culture.”