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 Welcome

Established in 2009. We collaborate with musicians & communities who have moved to the UK

from around the World

Due to COVID 19,

we are unable to organise live events and are

instead running a weekly music live-stream featuring

music purchased via Bandcamp:

Labels

Whilst helping make it easy to find us online, simplistic labels such as  'Refugee' & 'Migrant', or viewing people solely by

religion or ethnicity can be divisive.

We value individual complex identities, and promote shared values, experiences,

commonalities and interconnections.

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Ongoing:  Artists we work with on a regular basis & long term projects: 

The Stay Home Travel Show

The Stay Home Travel Show

Virtually travel the world, with music purchased on Bandcamp. Join us for a new live stream each Saturday

Jamal & Alaa

Jamal & Alaa

Their concerts & vinyl & digital music release In aid of Sussex Syrian Community Hardship Fund.

Bashir Al Gamar

Bashir Al Gamar

Music in aid of a school and clean water in the Sudanese village Bashir grew up in.

Maté Café

Maté Café

Intercultural Social Club. Maté tea, vegan Syrian breakfast, music, dance & art for all. Arabic & English conversation.

British Library

British Library

Recording sessions made with funding from the British Library.

Blog

Blog

Work, discussion, comment, friends projects, things that inspire us. During COVID times we are using this page to share links to musicians, artists and organisations we admire, please support them if you can.

Work:  One off projects, recording sessions & activities the artists we work with have been involved in: 

  • Exile - A Mind In Winter.

    Even under ‘normal’ circumstances this event would have been an exciting and ambitious project. Originally planned for April 2020, postpo...

  • Refugee Week 2020

    For the safety of everyone involved we worked in collaboration with Refugee Radio, friends and related organisations to produce online ac...

  • Four Against War

    Four Against War is a collaborative music project. They kindly gave a live performance at Maté Café on March 7th 2020. It was a lovely, w...

  • Syrian Orthodox Lent Service, 1st March 2020. Brighton.

    Recorded at the Syrian Orthodox, Lent service on the 1st of March in Brighton. Thanks to Chama, Eleiah, Father Ephreim and Dr Noriko Sato...

  • Village Of Sanctuary Concert: Featuring Raghad Haddad and Jamal and Alaa.

    Syria in Sussex was organised by East Hoathly village of Sanctuary on February 22nd, in the village church, which was a beautiful venue f...

  • Refugee Valentine 2020

    Organised by Brighton Migrant Solidarity and The Jollof Café, at The Rose Hill in Brighton. The event organisers objective read; "Love tr...

  • Syriac Orthodox Songs

    On the 2nd February we were invited by our friend Chama and her husband Eleiah to attend a Syriac Orthodox Christian Church service, in H...

  • Standing Together, Lewes Holocaust Memorial Day Concert.

    Monday 27th January 2020, marked 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Held on January 25th in Lewes, this concert the pro...

  • Castaway Heritage Book launch

    Over the years Steve at Refugee Radio has given me more advice and support in running a community organisation than I could ever thank hi...

  • Winter Warmer 2019

    Our annual Winter Warmer concert, was a joint event with Polina Shepherd and her fantastic Yiddish and Russian Choirs, from Brighton and ...

  • Thrive Festival, Crawley

    Organised by Same Sky, Cohesion Plus and Crawley Borough Council, Thrive Festival was a celebration of Crawley. Held on the 30th Novembe...

  • Andrzejki Celbration, Brighton

    Andrzejki (St Andrews Day) is a popular celebration with many Polish people. This year the annual event in Brighton was organised by loca...

  • Gigs: Autumn 2019

    Festival of Hope 20th September, Tunbridge Wells. Heading toward winter with some warm gig memories... 30th September at The Forum in Tun...

  • Recording:Polina Shepherd, Lorin Sklamberg & The Brighton & Hove & London Russian & Yiddish Choirs.

    On the last weekend of August 2019, we were lucky enough to be invited to record this fantastic project with Polina Shepherd, Lorin Sklam...

  • Summer 2019: Gigs and more....

    Its been sunny! Which is never, guaranteed in the UK but we were lucky with the weather this year. We were also lucky enough for musician...

  • Solas Festival 2019

    As part of our ongoing work with the British Library, we were kindly invited to Solas Festival 2019 to meet and record some of the musici...

  • Eid Party: June 2019

    A collaborative event with the team from Maté Café, the Alnoure Academy to celebrate Eid. There was face painting, Syrian and Arabic food...

  • Ipswich Sessions

    Ipswich has a vibrant music scene and it was great to be invited to visit and see some of it as part of our work with the British Library...

  • Winter Warmer 2018

    Our annual Winter Warmer community fundraiser concert. With support from Mate Cafe, Refugee Radio and of course all the musicians involve...

  • Global Sounds Portsmouth.

    A fantastic music initiative. Held on 24th November 2018 in All Saints Church, Portsmouth, the concert was part of a longer term project....

  • Journeys Festival International: Portsmouth. 27 October 2018

    A really nice event in Portsmouth. Organised by Artreach. Jamal and Alaa were booked to play on the stage at St Marys Church in Fratton. ...

  • Summer 2018, Refugee Week and more.

    Summer 2018 has been our busiest since we started Best Foot Music, with artists playing all over the south east. Ranging from Refugee Wee...

  • Flavours of Syria fundraising concert and meal.

    Organised by a collective of friends, including born and bred Brighton folk, and those who've made new homes here. With support from Refu...

  • Giles Duley: Legacy Of War Fundraiser and Community Gathering, Hastings 4th & 5th July 2018.

    We were very pleased to be invited to involve musicians Bashir Al Gamar and Raghad Haddad in this fundraising community event for photogr...

  • Royal Festival Hall Concerts June 2018

    Earlier in the 2018, we had been asked by the Southbank Centre to provide music groups for two shows in the Royal Festival Hall Central B...

  • Guifa Project

    The Giufà Project was commissioned by Glyndebourne and created by an international team based in Italy, Portugal, Romania and the UK. ​ T...

  • I Call For You My Country

    In October 2017, Adam Punzano, Beatriz Machado & Haodi Zheng from Sussex University, studying a Masters in Media Practice for Development...

  • Jamal & Alaa 'Day & Night' E.P. Launch Party

    Big thanks to Jamal & Alaa for playing such a great music performance at the launch of Day & Night EP. The night also featured a short fi...

  • Brighton Syrian Musicians: Vinyl Record& Community Support.

    As a celebration of diversity and a fundraiser in collaboration with the Sussex Syrian Community Group and Refugee Radio, we set out to r...

  • International Language Winter Warmer Concert 2017

    Community Fundraiser with musicians from Sudan, Syria and The Brighton & Hove Russian Choir Saturday 9th December, at the Unitarian Churc...

  • Alumni Festival.The Institute of Ismaili StudiesandThe Aga Khan Development Network.

    Held in September 2017, a three day program of lectures, workshops, cultural visits and music, around the theme of historical and contemp...

  • Gypsy Stars at Newham Mayors Show

    Big thanks to Continental Drifts for inviting the band to play at this fantastic event. More information on the festival in the link below.

  • Brighton Refugee Week 2017

    Refugee Week 2017 in Brighton was slightly extended and took place over 2 weeks. Activities where organised by many groups, with Sanctuar...

  • Healing Sounds of Ancient Turkey

    A night of Anatolian Sufi music and poetry was organised by the Brighton group The Anatolian Friendship Association and took place in St ...

  • International Language Day 2017

    Held on the 18 February 2017, in the Brighton Open Market; the day was a celebration of the diversity of language and culture in our city...

  • Sussex Syrian Community Fundraiser Concert

    The event was a collaboration between friends and volunteers, working jointly with Best Foot Music, Sussex Syrian Community Group, Stand...

  • Voice of Santur Fundraiser for Rojova

    Fundraising event for medical supplies for Syria, featuring Kurdish, Iranian and Afghani musicians. We worked with the organisers in an e...

  • Calais 'Jungle' Camp Recording Session

    On December 17, as part of on going work with an several organisations, I travelled to Calais, to record a concert with musicians in the ...

  • Steve Ignorant & Gypsy Stars

    The term "Gypsy Punk" has been bandied around by a lot of bands, labels and promoters in recent years but, thanks to a Brighton musician,...

  • Crawley International Mela Festival

    Crawley International Mela Festival was established in 1989, running for many years in the grounds of the Hawth Theatre. It was the bigge...

  • Lessons for Gadzo

    In 2013 we where approached by documentary maker Victoria Fiore, who wanted to make a film based around Gypsy Stars and their families. T...

  • Brighton, Polish, Czech and Slovak Musicians

    From 2010 until around 2013, we worked regularly with several musicians, originally from Poland, The Czech Republic and Slovakia, who had...