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Sahara Nights was the multi-arts Studio-Live launch organised last June 6, 2012 at London’s beloved Roundhouse (Studio-Theatre) by Sandblast and Fairtunes. Special guest artist Aziza Brahim from Western Sahara, a fabulous singer and percussionist, joined us to present songs from her new album Mabruk. The evening was compered by Dan Tsu from Lyrix Organix and included a spectacular line-up of live music, spoken word acts, film and photography.
Venezuelan singer and cuatro player Luzmira Zerpa, who performed with her new band Family Atlantica, by Bela Molnar

Venezuelan singer and cuatro player Luzmira Zerpa, who performed with her new band Family Atlantica, by Bela Molnar

Fantastic Saharawi singer and percussionist Aziza Brahim, by Julia Ridlington

Fantastic Saharawi singer and percussionist Aziza Brahim, by Julia Ridlington

Setting up for the final jam session, by Julia Ridlington

Setting up for the final jam session, by Julia Ridlington

Aziza Brahim, by Bela Molnar

Aziza Brahim, by Bela Molnar

Final jam session with almost all the artists participating plus some Algerian guests and led by Aziza Brahim, by Julia Ridlington

Final jam session with almost all the artists participating plus some Algerian guests and led by Aziza Brahim, by Julia Ridlington

Hispano-Saharawi singer and guitarist Suilma Aali, by Julia Ridlington

Hispano-Saharawi singer and guitarist Suilma Aali, by Julia Ridlington

Aziza Brahim with Spanish guitarist Gonzalo Ordás, by Julia Ridlington

Aziza Brahim with Spanish guitarist Gonzalo Ordás, by Julia Ridlington

Sahara Nights audience dancing and having a good time, by Julia Ridlington

Sahara Nights audience dancing and having a good time, by Julia Ridlington

Sandblast Director Danielle Smith and main partner Fairtunes Director Steve Stavrinides talk about Studio-Live

Sandblast Director Danielle Smith and main partner Fairtunes Director Steve Stavrinides talk about Studio-Live

British-Congolese Binisa Bonner performing with Ruby and the Vines, by Bela Molnar

British-Congolese Binisa Bonner performing with Ruby and the Vines, by Bela Molnar

Sahara Nights comperer Dan Tsu, from Lyrix Organix, getting the audience moving! by Bela Molnar

Sahara Nights comperer Dan Tsu, from Lyrix Organix, getting the audience moving! by Bela Molnar

Wonderful Guinean kora player Mosi Conde with a background of rare photographies by Ed Harriman, by Tania Jackson

Wonderful Guinean kora player Mosi Conde with a background of rare photographies by Ed Harriman, by Tania Jackson

Band Ruby and the Vines, by See Li

Band Ruby and the Vines, by See Li

A group of musicians participating in Sahara Nights outside the Roundhouse before the performance started, by See Li

A group of musicians participating in Sahara Nights outside the Roundhouse before the performance started, by See Li

Saeed Taji Farouky, filmmaker and director of The Runner, about Saharawi freedom runner Salah Ameidan, talks about his work, by See Li

Saeed Taji Farouky, filmmaker and director of The Runner, about Saharawi freedom runner Salah Ameidan, talks about his work, by See Li

Noë Mendelle, filmmaker and director of documentary Poets of Protest: Lkhadra Mabruk, featured in Sahara Nights, talks about her work, by Bela Molnar

Noë Mendelle, filmmaker and director of documentary Poets of Protest: Lkhadra Mabruk, featured in Sahara Nights, talks about her work, by Bela Molnar