OUM

Fri 4 March, 20:00
£14 + booking 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

PLEASE NOTE: THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL 4 MARCH 2022 FROM THE ORIGINAL DATE OF 16 OCTOBER. ALL TICKETS ARE VALID. FULL REFUNDS AVAILABLE THROUGH DICE.

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 Update 

Grand Junction advise visitors to wear masks while moving around the building. We ask all ticket-holders not to travel to Grand Junction for an event if they have either Covid-19 symptoms or a positive Covid-19 test.

We will update our Covid safety information as government guidance changes. Click here to view further Covid-safety information.