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The Power of Music and Song - an evening celebration

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The Glass Tank

Abercrombie Buliding

Oxford Brookes University

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OX3 0BP

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Celebrating the role of music in human resilience

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The festival hosts and evening of music and song representing lives and stories from Oxford and around the world.

The Lani Singers: The Lani Singers are husband and wife, Benny and Maria Wenda. Leader of the Koteka Tribal Assembly, Benny Wenda was imprisoned by the Indonesian authorities for raising the banned 'Morning Star' flag of West Papua, and for being an independence figurehead within West Papua. In 2003 he miraculously managed to escape from prison and was smuggled by freedom fighters through the jungle to neighbouring Papua New Guinea, where his wife Maria and their young child were by now living in a refugee camp by the border. Once reunited, they were brought to the UK by an NGO group, where they are now re-settled and run the Free West Papua Campaign, spreading awareness about the plight of their people, and campaigning for West Papua’s independence.

Confluence Collective: The collective is a group of musicians, poets and dancers who have made their home in Oxford. With roots in the local community they play music from all over the world. The cultures that they represent include Persian heritage, African drumming and singing, jazz, medieval songs, Sufi poetry and Chinese and Punjabi folk songs, and include dance forms such as Dabke, Butoh, Tango, contact Improvisation.

The collective promote performance from all cultures represented in the Oxford area, with a particular focus on communities whose voices are less heard including asylum seekers and the homeless.

Olly Wills from The Epstein an indie/folk/Americana band based in Oxford. (TBC)

More artists TBC

Picture: Spencer Imbrock @spencerimbrockphoto

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Abercrombie Buliding

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