I had the most delightful experience playing my song El Hayam with Palestinian Singer and Songwriter Nizar Al Issa in Hebrew and Arabic at the House of Common June 18th.
The occasion was the screening of the emotional film ‘Within the Eye of the Storm’, the award winning documentary by the Israeli director Shelley Hermon.
The film is about Rami an Israeli and Palestinian Bassam’s painful journey from being enemies to friends. Both their daughters were tragically killed in different violent incidents and through the Bereaved Family Forum / Parent’s Circle they came to the point of grieving together and as Rami said “ I lived in a bubble before the tragedy happened and and I’ve been awakened”.
The screening was held with Universal Peace Federation support and
Mr Virendra Sharma MP was the host of the event .
We took the opportunity to announce the future concert that I am organising with The Universal Peace Federation on the 21st of September – The International Peace Day and Palestinians , Iranians and Israelis will perform together on one stage at St Peter’s Church Notting Hill and all profits will go to wonderful work of
The Bereaved Family Forum / Parent’s Circle.
I have played in the past at the House of Commons, but the great hall was stunning and steeped in history.
We weren’t allowed to go to the room to do a sound check or rehearse before the event, so I took a big chance to rehearse at the hall . After few minutes a policeman came and asked us to stop !
The Performance went very well and to watch a 7 minute edited film please click on the photo below :