Driven by the desire to use music for political dialogue and action, the Afghan singer Elaha Soroor and the award-winning music & producer duo Kefaya, guitarist Al Mac Sween and pianist Giuliano Modarelli, joined forces for a fascinating project including a brand new album. "Songs Of Our Mothers" is a fresh, vibrant take on Afghan folk music, spiritedly influenced from jazz and dub to classical Indian music and electronics. As Elaha Soroor says, “In the eyes of the world, Afghan identity is defined by terrorism, war, the Taliban and uneducated, domesticated women who need help. I have tried to show other associations with Afghanistan such as the diversity of our music and the beauty of my mother language.
Born in Iran into a family of Afghan-Hazara refugees, Elaha Soroor first rose to fame through the reality TV show Afghan Star. Her rising popularity in a society known for its persecution of female performers combined with her outspoken views on women’s rights eventually forced her to flee from Afghanistan to London. The album is a collection of folk songs, traditionally passed from mother to daughter, telling stories of joy, pain and resilience, whilst also celebrating femininity, sensuality and the spirit of resistance. "This album is for those women around the world whose image has been erased and whose voice has been forbidden," says Elaha Soroor about her universal struggle for women.
Elaha Soroor – vocals
Al Mac Sween – guitar
Giuliano Modarelli – keys
tba - drums