LOVEfest: Kiran Ahluwalia and Souad Massi
Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents an evening of incredible music and vocals at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. Join renowned Indian singer Kiran Ahluwalia and popular Algerian singer, songwriter, and guitarist Souad Massi OFFICIEL. for powerful performances of soulful, energizing music, haunting vocals, and sensitive lyrics.
About LOVEfest, an eclectic celebration of love and diversity through music and dance: Throughout the ages people have struggled to extend the love and respect offered to those familiar to us to others who are different and unknown - to minorities, immigrants, refugees and other vulnerable members of society. Artists, musicians, and religious and civil leaders alike have all advocated variations of the theme Love your neighbor or Welcome The Stranger. This call to acknowledge the common humanity of all people - and by extension their individual human rights - is a founding principle of modern society.
Kiran Ahluwalia's LOVEfest combines the talents of sacred and secular artists from both Muslim and Sikh traditions (two communities currently experiencing an alarming rise in hate crimes). Featuring the passionate vocals of Kiran Ahluwalia (from India) and the inspired Arabic songwriting of Souad Massi (Algeria), LOVEfest illuminates a diverse world of cultural artistic expression; offering performers and audiences alike an opportunity to Welcome The Stranger.
About Kiran Ahluwalia:
Kiran Ahluwalia is a two time JUNO (Canadian Grammy) winner. Rooted in Indian and Pakistani music her songs are heavily influenced by African desert blues and jazz. She sings of divine love in the form of Sufi mysticism and yearning sensual love in the style of her progressive Indian music. Her 5-piece group includes electric guitar, electric bass, tabla and accordion and voice.
About Souad Massi OFFICIEL.:
Born in Algeria, residing in France, Souad Massi is the most successful female singer-songwriter in the Arabic speaking world. Her songs speak of freedom in Africa and the Arab world and of the creativity and tolerance that was the hallmark of early Muslim civilizations. Her new project at this festival will be an all female trio of voice, cello and luth.