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Musicians Unite To End FGM!


In the run up to International Women's Day 2018 FORWARD’s Musicians Unite to End FGM project, present the Corey Harris Band UK Tour.

FORWARD’s Musicians Unite to End FGM is an Arts Council England supported project which engages with well-known artists to raise awareness of female genital mutilation, child marriage and all violence against African women and girls. This project aims to raise awareness amongst a much wider audience and to audiences of artists whose countries of origin are affected by the issue.

In the run up to International Women's Day 2018 FORWARD’s Musicians Unite to End FGM project, present the Corey Harris Band UK Tour.

FORWARD’s Musicians Unite to End FGM is an Arts Council England supported project which engages with well-known artists to raise awareness of female genital mutilation, child marriage and all violence against African women and girls. This project aims to raise awareness amongst a much wider audience and to audiences of artists whose countries of origin are affected by the issue.


Corey Harris is based in America. He is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and band leader who has carved out his own niche in blues, he appeared in the iconic Martin Scorsese 2003 film 'Feel Like Going Home' from The Blues Film Collection where he travels through Mississippi and on to West Africa (feat. Ali Farka Toure), exploring the roots of the music. Corey's seventh album Mississippi to Mali was released in the same year.

A powerful singer and accomplished guitarist, he has appeared at venues throughout the North America, Europe, Brazil, The Caribbean, West Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He has performed, recorded, and toured with many of the top names in music such as BB King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Henry Butler, R.L.Burnside, John Jackson, Ali Farka Toure, Dave Mattews Band, Tracy Chapman, Olu Dara, Wilco, Natalie Merchant, and others.

"Emperor Haile Selassie declared long ago that, “Africa awaits its creators, those at home and abroad.” While it is our obligation to pay homage to the best of our traditions, we must also have the bravery to confront practices which have been accepted as traditional but which have proven to be much to the detriment of the people. So I am honoured to take part in FORWARD’s Musicians Unite to End FGM project and join the very important fight against female genital mutilation. Let us together create a brighter future for the generations to come, one in which young girls will be free of the painful and destructive legacy that is FGM." Corey Harris, 2018

Tickets can be bought at the following links:
Wed 7th March: The Corey Harris Band @ The Iron Road, Evesham Buy tickets
Frid 9th March: The Corey Harris Band @ Arlington Arts Buy tickets
Sat 10th March: The Corey Harris Band @ Nells Jazz & Blues Buy tickets
Please share hese events with friends and family and help make FGM history.

On Thursday 8th March, International Womens Day 2018 FORWARD's Musicians Unite to End FGM project in collaboration with Black HistoryStudies is pleased to present The Power of Music: Artists Using Conversation and Music for Social Change.


Journalist Ade Daramy will be in conversation with Blues artist Corey Harris of Corey Harris Band, Congolese hip hop artists Nka1 and Tunde from Lopango Ya Banka and UK female rapper extraordinaire - Sharna Cane.

Join us as we explore the power of music to spread awareness of issues such as female genital mutilation (FGM) & child marriage, how it can influence decision makers (elders in communities that practice FGM, governments etc.), inspire generations and create positive social change. Nka1 and Sharna Cane will be live from 9.30-10.30pm.

Buy tickets here.


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