Once this album is done, Reem looks forward to resuming work on her magnum opus on Sayyid Darwish, which has been variously interrupted in recent years. We hope to record further tracks in Cairo later this year, with a view to a possible release date for this album in 2016. The programme Reem wrote and presented for BBC Radio 4, Songs for Tahrir, about the Egyptian uprising in 2011 and the sound of Sayyid Darwish's songs ringing out in Tahrir Square, stands as a reminder of the Egyptian people's finest hour.
Looking back on 2014, two major highlights were:
* Reem's joint concert with the wonderful Turkish collective, Kardes Turkuler, in Istanbul in April.
* Reem's performances with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, an on-stage band and a choir of 250 in Norway in May.
Video clips from Reem's other performances are available on her official Youtube channel.
BBC World Service's Lullabies from the Arab world, featuring Reem, remains available to listeners.
Reem's From Palestine to Portugal commission, originally for Musicport 2008, remains a unique mixing of Arabic and Portuguese voices, of Fado and Arabic music, and of the verse of Palestinian national poet, Mahmoud Darwish, and Portuguese Nobel laureate, Jose Saramago. For a taster, click here: Naufrįgio / 'Aashiqun min Filistin (Shipwreck / Lover from Palestine).
Reem Live11 June 2015, 7.45pm - Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
12 June 2015, 7.30pm - St Georges Hall, Liverpool
19 September 2015, 8pm - Bolton Socialist Club, Wood Street, BL1 1DY
26 September 2015, 7.30pm - Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London
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