Rim Banna has recently received the Ibn Rushd Award the award is every year given to a person who has worked for fostering freedom of thought and democracy in the Arab World.
The Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought was founded on December 10th, 1998, in commemoration of the 800th anniversary of Ibn Rushd's (Averroes’) death, and on the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Universal Human Rights. It is an independent organization registered in Germany. Its founding members are mainly of Arab origin who live in Germany. Meanwhile, the fund’s members and sponsors are spread all over Europe, the Arab countries and North America. The sphere of activity, however, is the Arab world.
The fund’s goal consists in fostering freedom of thought, democracy and the courage to stand up for one’s beliefs in the Arab world. The Ibn Rushd Fund wants Arab culture to strive for rationalism and tolerance. Supporting the ideas of freedom of thought and democracy is an important starting point to catch up with the process of world civilization. To this end, the fund collects money to honor people who have rendered outstanding services to these goals. In this way, endeavors for freedom and democracy in the Arab World will be supported.
The fund also launches campaigns in favor of persons who because of their political or social activities and beliefs come into conflict with their governments.
Rim Banna is especially acclaimed by the Ibn Rushd fund for her participation on the KKV-production ”Lullabies from the Axis of Evil”, and for the new CD ”Revelation of Ecstasy and Rebellion”, which she last winter created together with Bugge Wesseltoft (KKV 2013). Here she shows a direct line between traditional Arab Sufi poetry and modern, universal work for human rights and freedom. Rim Banna’s work is a political struggle in which music is her weapon. She is an important front figure in the whole Arab world.
At the ceremony 15th of November when Rim received her award, Erik Hillestad gave the laudatory speech: Laudatory speech
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International music award to the album “Twinklings of Hope” (KKV 2012)
Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat’s album “Twinklings of Hope”, released by KKV in 2012, has been granted the Independent Music Award in the category “Traditional World”.
The album was recorded in Tehran in 2011, and released in 2012, supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The record is banned in Iran, and the two Vahdat sisters are prohibited from public performance in their homeland, where the regime that was brought to power by the Islamic revolution in 1979 does not allow female artists to perform solo in the presence of men.
The Independent Music Awards (IMAs) is an international, US-based project which aims to give honor and publicity to quality music from artists who release their albums and songs on independent labels. On of the targets of the awards is to strengthen the variety within commercial music. The award has categories for best album, best video, design and best song within more than 30 styles of music from classical, blues, folk, jazz to pop and rock.
The IMAs wants to contribute to the marketing possibilities and increase the fan bases for artists that normally are being ignored by the mainstream gatekeepers such as the major labels, mass media and the dominant retailer shops.
The criteria for the awards are artistic merits, originality, melody and composition.
The awards were founded in 1999 by the Music Resource Group (MRG), who is behind The Musician's Atlas and AtlasOnline. The IMAs receives suggestions and nominations from more than 70 countries in all the continents.
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Mahsa Vahdat USA tour dates 2012.
Great review from Songlines of the album "Twinklings of hope". Read the review here.
World Music Charts Europe - July 2012.
This month "Twinklings of hope" by Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat reached number 5 on the WMCE´s list of the most played world music on 24 different radio stations. "Dersim" by Ferhat Tunch reached number 9 on the same list. Read more at womex.com
In this month´s issue of the music magazine "Songlines" you can also read a review of "Twinklings of hope". "Magical voices" - Songlines
Mahsa Vahdat & Marjan Vahdat - Twinklings of hope
Ferhat Tunch - Dersim - Kirmanciye laments
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