Ark Space in Ealing

Ark Space was established in 1998 as a resource for the local community. It is an area for people of all genres in Ealing and the surrounding areas to perform their talents and express themselves.
Ark was founded by Yousif Naser and Dalal Al-Mufti.
Since the conception of Ark, dozens of cultural activities have taken place in the venue: art exhibitions, musical performances, poetry readings, art workshops, lectures and discussions.

Rivers of Babylon

Date Palms and Tabernacles

Iraqi Jewish song, popular songs in Arabic, by Nadham Al-Ghazali and Fairuz, and Middle Eastern instrumentals
17 July 2008

RIVERS OF BABYLON, an ensemble of singers and instrumentalists, was established by its founding director, Sara Manasseh, and specialises in music of the Iraqi-Jewish tradition. They feature songs of praise, known as shbahoth in Judeo-Arabic.

These songs are often sung around the dinner table during festive meals for the annual cycle (Sabbaths, festivals), life cycle (wedding, birth of a child, etc), and during pilgrimages to holy tombs (for example, the tombs of Ezekiel the Prophet at Kifil, and Ezra the Scribe, in 'Uzair, in Iraq). These songs are mostly Hebrew, but also in Aramaic and Judeo-Arabic, and at the Ark Gallery concert on Thursday 17 July, will be accompanied by violin, flute, oboe and cor anglais, keyboard and percussion.

Many in the group grew up together in Bombay (India), the home of a vibrant Baghdad-Jewish community during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In 2005, Rivers of Babylon took part in a successful performance tour of seven major cities in India. The songs are a record of the enduring appeal of the Babylonian Jewish tradition in the diaspora.

Rivers of Babylon

Rivers of Babylon @ the Ark Gallery:
Sara Manasseh (leader, voice, dumbuk), David Burman (keyboard), Anna Hirst (tambourine), Camille Maalawy (voice), Barry Solomon (oboe, cor anglais, voice, sba'ten), Pamela Solomon (voice), Solly Solomon (voice), Susan Verney (violin)

 

 

Rivers of Babylon @ the Ark Gallery:
Sara Manasseh (leader, voice, dumbuk), David Burman (keyboard), Anna Hirst (tambourine), Camille Maalawy (voice), Barry Solomon (oboe, cor anglais, voice, sba'ten), Pamela Solomon (voice), Solly Solomon (voice), Susan Verney (violin)

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