Join us for a night of Music Without Borders to celebrate the Refugee Week 2019 & Beyond Borders Festival.

A fun event where the whole community can come together, meet their neighbours, have a dance and enjoy live music from around the world. Join us at the Old Library for a unique night of a stellar line up of musicians, spoken word artists and much, much more.


Line Up:

Mohammed Yahya - Mohammed is an award winning bilingual Rapper, Poet, Educator & Events organiser. He has performed extensively across the UK, Europe, United States, Mexico & throughout Africa sharing his experience as a refugee and encouraging different communities to build bridges of peace and understanding.

Born during the civil war in Mozambique, Mohammed Yahya was forced to flee his country at the age of 2 & take refuge in Lisbon, Portugal where he was often treated as a second class citizen & experienced a lot of racism. This inspired him to start writing poetry about his social conditions which eventually turned into rap.

Mohammed Yahya’s work has been featured on ITV News, Al Jazeera, British Muslim TV, BBC Asian Network, BBC London, Islam Channel , just to name a few as well as TV channels across U.K, Mozambique, France, Senegal & Mexico. His work has been featured on a Sainsbury’s advert and his music has been featured on a variety of compilation CDs as well as an independent movie.

Mohammed on YouTube

Esbe - Esbe will be performing acoustic a capella versions of songs from her critically acclaimed first two albums, Desert Songs – Memories of Rumi, her song settings of the 13th Century Sufi Mystic poet, and Mystra – Songs form Byzantium. Both albums are infused with Middle Eastern and Eastern European scales and harmonies. Esbe is a Royal Academy of Music graduate so her arrangements reflect the classical world as well as a soundscape that conjures up film scoring. However, in live performance, it is her stage presence and voice which displays the drama and poignancy of the lyrics. 'BEAUTIFUL . . . PSYCHFOLK OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY' Analogue Resistance

Esbe on YouTube

Shamma SmokedPoetz'-  Shamma is a kashmiri, street poet and theatre actor based in London. Her poetry combines rhymes, slang and politics, and explores the complexities of life in east London and the impact of her hybrid culture. She is a part of the Alleyway Radical Collective and has collaborated with a number of music producers, ranging from experimental to Hip Hop beats and rapping on live instruments such as the oud. Through street poetry she challenges the question of identity class and the occupation of her homeland. 

Shamma on Soundcloud

EsbiljazEbsilJaz is a hiphop duo from Palestinian refugee camps in Syria and Lebanon, now based in London and Birmingham. They are part of Alleyway Radical Theatre and also collaborated on As Far As Isolation Goes, an interactive installation exploring the struggles with mental health faced by people seeking refuge in the UK. EbsilJaz joined Lowkey and Mohammed Yahya to write 'Escape From Yarlswood', an Arabic-English track protesting immigration detention, for Refugee Week 2018.

Esbiljaz on YouTube