TSE TSE FLY MIDDLE EAST
Formed in the UAE in 2015 by artist Simon Coates, the relocation of experimental music platform Tse Tse Fly Middle East from Dubai to London witnesses its evolution from monthly club night to a politically-motivated non-profit organisation. Unable to voice any kind of opinion on the pervading human rights and censorship issues in the Middle East and surrounding countries whilst living in Dubai for fear of state censure, Coates now has the chance to expand the platform into a social enterprise highlighting work done by charities and organisations in the region. Thus the live Tse Tse Fly Middle East nights retain their unique mix of experimental video art and live sonic performance but with an added set of messages, as each event highlights charities and organisations that focus on human rights and censorship issues in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian subcontinent.
The next Tse Tse Fly Middle East will feature an all-female live performers line-up. The evening will support five charities/organisations: Womankind Worldwide (workers’ rights), FORWARD UK (FGM, child marriage and obstetric fistula in Africa), Labour Behind the Label (supporting garment workers’ rights), Amnesty International (human rights and justice) and Index On Censorship (supporting freedom of expression).
Literature from the charities and organisations will be available on the night along with the opportunity to sign up for their various newsletters.
Tickets are £7 in advance, £10 on the door. BUY TICKETS
7PM – doors 7.30PM – 8.30PM – short films showcasing the charities and organisations’ work plus Tse Tse Fly-curated selection of experimental video from MH Sarkis, Rabi Georges, Maryam Nazari and more. 8.30PM – 10PM – live performances from members of the Tse Tse Fly collective and extended family: Afasia Yuri and Shama Rahman.
Shama Rahman – born in the United Arab Emirates and now based in the UK, Shama is a sitar-player, singer/songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, actress/spoken word artist and scientist. Shama has spent the summer playing live – including performing at Bestival – and promoting her new album Truth Be Told.
Afasia Yuri – based between the UK and Japan, Yuri’s live sets mix fully absorbing field recordings with electronic beats and ethereal, siren-like vocals that shift between noise and ambience. Yuri builds sometimes disorientating soundscapes that move back and forth through space.