Five years on from Reem's successful participation in the Seattle International Children's Festival, during which she gave workshops and performances to over 1,000 children, Reem returns for a special concert at Town Hall, Seattle’s community cultural centre.
Re-broadcast of Reem’s programme entitled “Islands Here, Islands There” on the Kiribati community in the UK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0076cbl. First broadcast in 2002.
“Ben Burt, Educational Curator at the British Museum where I give workshops on Palestinian music, encouraged me to contact a group of women from the Micronesian islands of Kiribati, who are married to English men and live all over the UK. “They teach each other and their children traditional song and dance.” This lured me to Fareham near Southampton, where the I-Kiribati women were meeting to commemorate a family death. As in a traditional maneaba assembly house, the women sang about unrequited love and the sea. They laughed, cried, danced and welcomed me into this celebration of a life that was and the life that is. Their islands may be threatened by rising sea levels, yet they dream of the same sea transporting them back to their Pacific idyll: Islands Here, Islands There.”
Many people believe that lullabies play a vital role in child development, yet in numerous countries around the world there are concerns that singing bedtime lullabies is a dying practice. This Your World programme asks contributors including Reem Kelani, if lullabies are disappearing in the Arab world or whether the humble lullaby is evolving and adapting to modern life.