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Kefaya + Elaha Soroor - Songs Of Our Mothers
Kefaya + Elaha Soroor - Songs Of Our Mothers
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Kefaya + Elaha Soroor - Songs Of Our Mothers

“In the eyes of the world, Afghan identity is defined by terrorism, war, the Taliban and uneducated, domesticated women who need help. I have tried to show other associations with Afghanistan such as the beauty of my mother language (Farsi) and the diversity of our music. Although women are currently facing extreme violence in Afghanistan, I see a lot of similar problems encountered in different ways in Western countries and across the world. This is part of a universal struggle.”

Afghan singer Elaha Soroor and award-winning music/ producer /duo Kefaya (Al MacSween and Giuliano Modarelli ) join forces for a mighty and mesmerising new album, Songs Of Our Mothers; a fresh, vibrant take on Afghan folk music filtered through myriad forms, from spiritual jazz and dub to Indian classical music and electronica. The album is a collection of folk songs traditionally performed by Afghan women, drawing on Elaha's own experience of fleeing Afghanistan and the struggle faced by many other female artists. The US and Western-backed regimes that came to dominate Afghanistan in the latter part of the 20th Century created a climate of heightened patriarchal oppression and persecution of women. These songs tell stories of joy, pain and resilience, passed from mother to daughter in times of hardship and oppression, whilst also celebrating femininity, sensuality and the spirit of resistance. As Elaha says, this album is for “those women around the World whose image has been erased, and whose voice has been forbidden.”

Born in Iran into a family of Afghan-Hazara refugees, Elaha Soroor first rose to fame through the reality TV show Afghan Star. Her rising popularity in a society known for its persecution of female performers combined with her outspoken views on women’s rights led to an environment of serious personal danger and Elaha was eventually forced to flee AfghanistanAfter arriving in London as a refugee, Elaha was introduced to guitarist Giuliano Modarelli and pianist Al MacSween, founders of award-winning international collective Kefaya. Driven by a shared desire to use music as a tool for political dialogue and action, together they forged the themes, concept and sound of Songs Of Our Mothers.  

TRACKLISTING

1. Jama Narenji
2. Gole Be Khar
3. Arose Jane Madar
4. Bolbi
5. Gole Sadbarg
6. Charsi
7. Khina Beyarin
8. Do Chasmane (Intro)
9. Do Chasmane Siyah
10. Lalay Lalay

PRODUCT DETAILS

Artist:  Kefaya + Elaha Soroor
Label:  Bella Union
Condition:  New 
Genre:  African, Latin & International 
Format:  Vinyl LP
Cat Number: BELLA950V
Released:  27th September 2019

Orange colour vinyl LP

Regular price £20.00