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As part of the Southside Symphony, Saber premiers his music composition "Hadhrami Nights" which was written in 2018. This event is part of Art27scotland's Festival of Migration, the Southside Symphony features musical fusion of many different cultural heritages. Hadhrami Nights” was inspired by Hadhrami folklore. The melodic pattern of the prelude is based on the Bedouin and tribal melodies - commonly known as Zamel - used during improvised poetic exchanges in ceremonies and occasions. It is believed that these primitive melodies have been sung since ancient times. The evening will include a keynote speech by the special guest the UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights, Alexandra Xanthaki.

Saber Came to Tea

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ZOO Southside, 117 Nicolson St, Newington, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

As part of Art27's Firsthand Fringe shows, Saber Came to Tea is an entertaining short play with original music and magic that tells the story of one young woman's defiant stand against the constraining social norms of her family. A young Yemeni couple risk their family and their lives to be together. Devised with award-winning Yemeni artists-in-exile Shatha Altowai and her composer and husband Saber Bamatraf together with Palestinian poet Ghazi Hussein and writer/director Robert Rae. In Arabic with English subtitles with breakfast included.

Performers include singer-songwriter and national treasure Rab Noakes; songwriter and producer Becci Wallace; musician and activist Calum Baird; poet and former refugee and political prisoner Ghazi Hussein;Yemeni Musician Saber Bamatraf; and spoken word artist Iona Lee. Hosted by the incomparable Susan Morrison.

Saber Bamatraf will perform accompanied by Phil Westwell (uilleann piper and flutist) and Katherine Campbell (cellist) as part of PeaceRep and the Global Justice Academy's exhibition launch 'Art as a Tool of Peace', which presents a series of works by young artists from regions of Syria and Yemen whose lives are affected by ongoing conflicts. The event will begin with introductory remarks by Yemeni artist Shatha Altowai and PeaceRep researcher Dr Juline Beaujouan.

Saber will release his second album "Embrace from Edinburgh" at The White Canvas exhibition where his partner artist Shatha Altowai presents her Family series. This project comes under their fellowship awards from the IIE-Artist Protection Fund, which are hosted at IASH, University of Edinburgh.