Stunning blend of music and culture

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UK born Palestinian singer Reem Kelani returns to Calderdale in the week that sees the launch of her second album.

Reem has given several concerts at Square Chapel and the Ted Hughes Theatre, Mytholmroyd.

She has also spent several weeks giving workshops in schools here, introducing hundreds of local schoolchildren to Arabic and Palestinian song including - Parkinson Lane Primary School, Riverside Junior and Infant School, Mount Pellon School, Old Town Primary School and Calder High School.

Her workshop programme in October 2013 was funded by the Arts Council, supported by Halifax Friends of Palestine, and arranged in co-ordination with Kevin Rivett at Calderdale Music Hub.

Over the years, Reem has introduced many non-Arab musicians to the theory and practice of Arabic music, including the exceptional rhythm section which accompanies her in this concert.

Moreover, she has facilitated opportunities for her band members to work with musicians from Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Turkey and Iran.

The concert on Sunday March 13 is the culmination of a week of events to mark International Women’s Day and organised by Northern Women for Palestine.

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