Portraits of Pain

By Geoffrey Heptonstall

“It is in part thanks to Picasso that humanity retains its moral compass even as violence rages in the mouths of elected hypocrites of all persuasions. The importance of Guernica as a testimony is extraordinary. Aesthetically challenging and ethically uncompromising, Guernica is for many the masterwork of the modernist master.”

 

Tayeb Salih, Sudan’s Iconic Novelist

By Allston Mitchell

“The genius of the modern Arabic novel”. A literary icon in his native Sudan and throughout the Arab-speaking world, Tayeb Salih is the author of the world famous “Season of Migration to the North”.

Beat Box

By MC Ledbetter

Updated for May 2017. Every month we recommend a few classic music CDs that rarely see the light of day. This month sees: Jesus Guerrero, Budos Band, Dead Combo, Ebo Taylor, Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos, Ali Khattab and The Cairo Jazz Band get main billing.

Elahe – Voice of an Angel

By Mitra Hooshiar

The life and music of legendary Iranian singer Elahe, discussed by Mitra Hooshiar. Born in 1934 in the ancient city of Yazd in central Iran, she enjoyed her heyday during the 60s and 70s via the popular radio programme Golha.

Aki Kaurismaki’s “The Other Side of Hope”

By Bendicò

The story comes over almost as a religious parable for our times pitting Nazi-skins against homeless saviours of the night. There is no excuse for being inhuman, not even dire poverty.

Political Tours

Political Tours