"Nabra" means the sound of one's own voice. The sound of the Nabra oud duo is an intoxicating blend of Sudanese and Middle Eastern influences with plenty of Taqsim (improvisations) thrown in.
Nabra features the combined ouds of Ali Elmubarak (Sudan) and Knud Stüwe (Germany) as well as Ali’s expressive vocals sung in Arabic.
Knud and Ali started collaborating in 2015 when they met through an initiative of Bristol Refugee Rights and they have since than become a well established act on the Bristol and Southwest music scene.
The oud is the ancient ancestor of both the lute (= la oud) and the guitar. It originated in the Middle East but is equally at home in North Africa.
June 23 13.00 - 14.00 Queen Scuare Bristol Celebrating Sanctuary:
June 26 Wesley Chapel Bristol 19.00 - 21.00 LARA SHOWCASE
Featuring Nabra, Dijwar& Jane, with creative writing from Writing Home creative writing group – The oud duo Nabra perform music from Sudan; Dijwar & Jane perform and sing Kurdish songs from Syria. Nabra and Dijwar & Jane will also perform together, performing new pieces of music commissioned especially for this years Bristol Refugee Festival, funded by the Arts Council.
JULY 3rd Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
World Stage : 13.00 - 14.00 + 15.45 - 16.45
Oktober 12th Private function in Dublin Irland
2018: 23/02 Songs for a Journey at St.Ann's church Bristol, 27/03 React Festival Acta Centre Bristol, 01/06 Colton Hall The Lantern, 19/06 Hamilton House Bristol, 28/06 St.George Brandon Hill Bristol, 19/07 Bristol Refugee Festival Amberly Parish Room, 18/09 Bristol Music Club.
2017 04/03 Hamilton House Bristol, 01/04 Old Forestation Bristol, 02/07 Down by the River event Bristol, 05/07 Uk City of Sanctuary event Reading, 09/07 queens Square Bristol celebrating sanctuary, 21/07 Bocabar Glastonbury, 22/07 private party
2016 performances at St.George Brandon Hill Foyer, The Malcolm X Centre and Kuumba. Outside Bristol performed at The Foundry (London) and Rook Lane Chapel (Frome).
The latter two performances were at the 30 Year ADD Celebration International events.
3rd June 18.00 St.Nicks Night Market
11th June 12.00 Trinity Centre Bristol Challenging Islamophobia Event
12th June 16.00 Queens Square Bristol Celebrating Sanctuary Festival
20th June 19.30 St.George Brandon Hill Foyer
16th July 19.30 Banqueting Room Guildhall BathFrom War Zone to Sanctuary
20th October 19.30 Bordeaux Quay Bristol (non public) Refugee Networking event
We gratefully acknowledge the help we've had from B.R.R. LARA and Tribe of Doris
Photos From War Zone to Sanctuary with Thanks (!) credited to Mick Yates