Singer/Songwriter Yasmin Mohamed to perform the Universal Language of Music at Marrickville’s Django Bar

Yasmin Mohamed and her band Fanous will be playing an eclectic mix of exciting African beats and melodies, alongside contemporary western songs at Marrickville’s Django Bar this Sunday, 15th January at 7:30pm (doors open at 6pm).

Featured previously on the blog in 2016, Yasmin Mohamed, along with the band Fanousshared a love of music, culture and passion for working together to create art and energy. Originally from Sudan, Yasmin arrived in Australia in 2005 and settled in Sydney, where she now performs African music (now a mix of traditional and modern songs, as well as genres such as Reggae and Samba).

Fanous is made up of talented Australian and African musicians, amongst them they play piano/keyboard, bass, guitar, drums and vocals.  Together, Yasmin and Fanous perform around Sydney.  They have performed at the following venues and events (to name a few):

  • Musica Viva
  • Casula Power House Arts Centre
  • Camelot Lounge
  • Haldon Street Festival
  • Auburn Festival
  • The Africulture Festival
  • Refugee Week
  • Riverwood Festival
  • Australian Centre for Languages, The University of Sydney

Yasmin and Fanous (a term used for a traditional Sudanese lamp, which is now a symbol of the musicians’ creative spirit as a light in the darkness) are immensely passionate about their art.  It was evident in Yasmin’s previous interview with My Local World, . “Music itself is a language”, she said previously. “It gives the space for people to share with me how they feel. I share my feelings and share my stories through music, and then I would try, me, myself and the group, to provide that space for audiences where our music speaks to their heart, to their soul, just through their imagination”.

Here, Yasmin talks about the band’s upcoming performance at Django Bar.

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What is this performance about?

It is a musical performance in Django Bar where classical and original tunes from Sudan will be showcased.

Who is performing with you?

There will be four people with me: Michael Coggins, a guitarist and vocalist, Yannick Koffi, a bass player and vocalist, Carlos Adura on drums and Galal who is a vocalist.

How long did it take to bring this together?

Well, the group has been performing for nearly 9 years. Few changes happened throughout these years, with new musicians coming into the group, and we are expecting new instruments to join us in the near future.

Is this the first time these songs will be performed, or have you performed them before?

We have been performing these songs for a while, and people love them, but I am glad that we will be performing 5 new songs in this show for the first time. One of these new songs is a classical Sudanese song, while the others are totally new songs of Reggae, Afro-Jazz and Kwassa Kwassa ones.

What was the inspiration behind this concert?

The concert was a kind invitation from Django Bar. It is an intimate venue – they nurture local bands and encourage and showcase diverse performers. It is something I always get inspired by: the wonderful collage of cultures, arts and music, and the space of joy we create when we share our stories, feelings and thoughts together. It is the same inspiration behind creating a new song; I get touched by people’s stories and life situations, reflect that into songs and when people listen to these songs and interact, they touch me again and I get more inspired by their feelings and interaction.

There are a handful of such venues with vibrant music cultures that display diversity, however they are not sufficient

What does this performance mean for you?

I am really happy and excited with this performance because of the nature of Django Bar as a venue which for me is like a hub for world music and cultures. I am also happy because we will be sharing our music with new audience members who might nt not have had the opportunity to listen to Sudanese songs. We will also be performing those new songs.

Will you be performing any other gigs in Sydney or interstate?

In the last few years we have been performing regularly in the Africultures Festival in March and hopefully we will be again this year.

I get touched by people’s stories and life situations, reflect that into songs and when people listen to these songs and interact, they touch me again and I get more inspired by their feelings and interaction.

Where can we catch you perform regularly?

This is a very hard question, because unfortunately it is not always in the musicians’ hand. It is about the number of live music venues available, the activity of those venues and to what extent they are willing to support local bands as well as supporting the diverse cultures existing in Sydney. There are a handful of such venues with vibrant music cultures that display diversity, however they are not sufficient.

What’s your favourite piece from the gig?

We had an nice experience with one of the new songs that I’m excited to perform. I received a poem from my friend Baraka, who is also a writer and novelist, and the lyrics are about exile and diaspora. I asked Michael, my friend and the guitarist, to compose the music ,and I wrote the lyrics in phonetics to him. He composed beautiful music for lyrics in a language that he doesn’t speak or know but more interesting he taught me how to sing them. This is really unique – and you believe music is definitely a universal language whether you listen or you compose it from scratch.

 

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW

Catch Yasmin Mohamed and band Fanous at Django Bar, 19 Marrickville Road, Marrickville on Sunday, 15th January, 2017.  Doors opens 6pm, show starts 7.30pm.  Tickets are $15 presale or $20 at the door.  To pre-purchase tickets, go to https://www.stickytickets.com.au/46984/yasmin__fanous_sudan_%40_django_bar.aspx.

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