OUM

Fri 4 March, 20:00
£14 + bkg fee

Blending traditional Arabic music with soul, jazz and electronic sounds. Oum’s music is sensual, atmospheric and danceable.

Presented by Arts Canteen and Grand Junction

Easily recognizable by her elaborate head wraps and captivating stage presence, Oum el Ghait Benessahraoui, known as Oum, is a Moroccan singer of Saharan origins. Defined by lyrics full of social commentary, and finding inspiration in the traditional Moroccan rhythms of Gnawa, Hassani and Sufi, as much as jazz, gospel and African music, Oum is considered an ambassador of Moroccan culture. This will be a rare opportunity for audiences to see the Moroccan diva in the UK.

Oum’s performance is presented as part of Arab Women Artists Now. AWAN, now in its seventh edition, aims to bring the phenomenal work of inspiring Arab women artists to a wider audience.

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“Moroccan Gnawa, soul and sensuality together form the concept of the fascinating Moroccan diva Oum”

Mixed World Music

“Oum has not just written songs for this album. She has formed shimmering compositions that let you smile, cry, reflect or dream”

Global Sounds

“One of the greatest divas in today’s world music scene”

Heaven

Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN) Festival & Arts Canteen

Established in 2010, Arts Canteen is an arts organisation that empowers artists from the Arab world and beyond to tell their own stories, change perceptions, and tackle the big issues in the world.

The AWAN festival brings together an exciting and eclectic mix of collaborations and creative projects, featuring theatre, film, art and comedy, as well as workshops and debate. For further information visit: www.artscanteen.com

About OUM

Oum grew up singing in gospel choirs and wrote her first song at 17. After going through architecture school, Oum decided to dedicate herself to music, initiating her career in the early 2000s via hip-hop and R&B inspired songs in English and Moroccan Darija. Now, she tours the world and has millions of views on her Youtube videos.

Date: 16 October

Start Time: 20:00

Length: TBC

Tickets: £14 + booking fee

Venue: Grand Junction is a new venue for the community, arts and culture based at St Mary Magdalene Church. Our mission is to create and present an eclectic, collaborative programme of music, arts and performance for young people, families and adults. We also have a café serving delicious food overlooking the canal.

Covid-19 Policy for this event 

In line with guidance from the UK Government, this performance is on sale at full capacity.

For the safety and enjoyment of our audiences and staff, Grand Junction will follow a number of Covid safety measures:

If you have tested positive for Covid-19 or are feeling unwell, and experiencing any of the symptoms of Covid-19 (in particular high temperature, cough, or sore throat), we ask you to stay at home and not travel to the event. 

From Friday 10 December the government requires face coverings to be worn in indoor venues. As such, we will require audience members over the age of 12 to wear face masks whilst in the building, unless exempt. This includes during the performance, unless you are eating or drinking. Staff and volunteers are also required to wear face masks.

The capacity of Grand Junction means that it is not required for visitors to show proof of vaccination or a negative test as a condition of entry. If this becomes a mandatory requirement for venues of our size, we will update the information on this page accordingly.

We invite all visitors to check in using the NHS Test and Trace app. Although no longer compulsory this will help keep everyone safe.

We encourage all visitors to take a lateral flow test on the day of their visit. Staff are also testing regularly.

Where possible, please observe social distancing while moving around the building.

Hand sanitiser stations are positioned around the building.

Careful consideration of entry and exit points to avoid crowding. We will check your ticket at the entrance to the venue to avoid queuing and crowds forming indoors.

Regular cleaning and regular ventilation of the space, to ensure a flow of clean air.

Click here to view Grand Junction’s full Covid-safety information. Please feel free to contact us at info@grandjunction.org.uk if you have any further questions.