To provide you with the best experience, cookies are used on this site. Find out more here.

Allow cookies

Language

Root Down! | Kefaya & Elaha Soroor

3 George St, Hockley, Nottingham, Notts, NG1 3BH

Check availability for Root Down! | Kefaya & Elaha Soroor (opens in a new window)

Close window

Call direct on:

Tel01159240176

Add Root Down! | Kefaya & Elaha Soroor to your Itinerary

Root Down! | Kefaya & Elaha Soroor

About

Friday 28th February 2020 | 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Peggy's Skylight

General Admission £12, Dining £14 - £16

Dining from 7pm
Performance starts at 8pm
Kitchen Serves Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Meze Menu until 9:30pm
Followed by DJ Daddio & The Jazz Ambassadors

The return of keyboard maestro Al MacSween, who mesmerized the audience when he performed with "Maisha" in May 2019

* * * * Guardian 4-star review – a one-night musical trip around the world

Afghan singer Elaha Soroor and award-winning music/producer duo Kefaya, Al MacSween & Giuliano Modarelli join forces for a mighty and mesmerizing 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 Afghanistan.

After arriving in London as a refugee, Elaha was introduced to guitarist Giuliano Modarelli & 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.

As Elaha says "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 e

Opening Times

Sorry, this event has passed

Map & Directions

Follow Us

What's Nearby

  1. Watson Fothergill Head Office

    Nottingham's leading architect Watson Fothergill has some magnificent buildings within…

    0 miles away
  2. Adams & Page Building

    The Adams & Page Building dates back to 10th July 1855 and sits proudly as the largest…

    0.03 miles away
  3. Boots First Store on Goosegate

    Famous Nottingham pharmaceutical brand, Boots, opened their first store on Goosegate in…

    0.06 miles away
  1. J.M. Barrie Plaque

    Sir James Matthew Barrie was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as…

    0.1 miles away
  2. Nottingham Bowl

    Why don't you come and visit the biggest bowling centre in the United Kingdom, with 48…

    0.14 miles away
  3. St Mary's Church Nottingham City Centre

    t Mary’s Church – Grade 1 Listed and the largest medieval building in the city of…

    0.14 miles away
  4. National Justice Museum

    National Justice Museum will be reopening on the 25th July with enhanced health and…

    0.16 miles away
  5. City of Caves

    Enter and explore a whole new world in the caves underneath Nottingham city and descend…

    0.18 miles away
  6. Old Market Square


    A focal point for residents and visitors, Old Market Square is where friends meet,…

    0.19 miles away
  7. Nottingham Line of Light Art Installation

    ‘Line of Light’, created by artist Jo Fairfax, projects five-word poems by writers…

    0.19 miles away
  8. Little John - the bell

    Listen to the chimes of Little John.

    0.19 miles away
  9. Brian Clough statue

    The Brian Clough statue stands proudly in Nottingham city centre just off Old Market…

    0.19 miles away
  10. iLocked Escape Games

    iLocked brings a revolution in escape games to Nottingham, with stunning set designs,…

    0.19 miles away
  11. Nottingham Council House

    It takes a building of some distinction to stand out in a city as rich in beautiful and…

    0.19 miles away
  12. Weekday Cross

    Weekday Cross, Nottingham

    0.2 miles away
Previous Next

Related

Busy Evening ShowPeggy's Skylight, NottinghamVisit Peggy's Skylight; sit back, relax, and allow yourself to be immersed in an enchanting jazz adventure

Street Art

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Join Our Mailing List
Events | Top Attractions | Special Offers | Competitions
Please note that almost all events in June & July have been cancelled or postponed. Please check with individual event organisers for the latest updates.

In the meantime, stay at home and stay in the loop! Follow What’s On Nottingham on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

or sign up to our newsletters for the latest updates from across the city and county. #NottGoingOut

No, thanks