Date(s) - 26 May 2016
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Rafeef Ziadah is an acclaimed Palestinian refugee, spoken word artist and activist. Her poem ‘We Teach Life, Sir’ – an impassioned attack on media misrepresentation of the Palestinian cause – went viral within days of its release. This live show, her first in Brighton, offers an exciting blend of poetry and music from Rafeef’s new album We Teach Life, which she brings to the stage with Australian guitarist/musician and producer Phil Monsour.
Phil Monsour is an “Australian troubadour who sings songs of hope, humanity, invasion and occupations”. (Limelight Magazine). He is a committed independent singer/songwriter with a history of producing music that travels beyond the mainstream to explore complex issues of identity, solidarity and politics. Phil’s songs speak with honesty and insight about people’s lives and personal experiences. He is an accomplished musician on both acoustic and electric guitar and has a strong and passionate voice. Phil’s performance style is both energetic and moving.
Praise for the album
“The words that she says with such beauty and grace hit you right in the heart. They are more powerful than any weapon.” scholar, civil rights activist Angela Davis
“Rafeef ’s poetry demands to be heard. She is powerful, emotional and political. Please read her work and see her perform. You cannot then be indifferent to the Palestinian cause” film-maker Ken Loach.
“Sometimes anger provokes truth: bare, free, not to be stifled or evaded. Sometimes anger, indignation, despair, full blown love of the life of one’s people, one’s own land and planet, can bring fierce flower to the poet’s heart. Then we are blessed with passionate words of resistance that can become the foundation of prophecy. A change for which there is no turning back. Such is the case of Rafeef Ziadah” Author Alice Walker
This event is organised independently of BHPSC