Music Events for WOMA


Images from 3 November 2017 WOMA BENEFIT CONCERT at the Irish Cultural Centre with J Eoin and guests Jacqueline Hynes, Gerry Diver and the Irish Cultural Centre singing group

Photos by Molly Calkins ©

6th July 2015: Join us for a special 10th Anniversary Celebration and Concert!

Come and celebrate our 10th birthday with us on 6 July at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre with a special concert by Martha D Lewis and her trilogy of the Greek Blues critically acclaimed as “a stimulating contribution to the margins and borders of World music”.

Date: 6th July 2015
Venue: Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London
Doors : 7.45

Martha D Lewis – Trilogy of the Greek Blues

“Driven by a charismatic leader with a voice of clamorous and majestic power …” The Guardian,

After a triumphant and nationally profiled debut in 2014, this is a one off opportunity to see the ‘Trilogy of Greek Blues’ for a complete informative stunning musical journey.

Lewis leads top-class world and jazz musicians in a three-part show. They journey through the history of rembetika* from the music of urban Athens in 1910 through to 1950s repertoire reminiscent of Edith Piaf and Marlene Dietrich. The evening culminates in Lewis’ contemporary recreations of classic rembetika songs by Roza Eskenazi, Queen of Rembetika.

*Rembetika , also known as Greek Blues, rembetika sits alongside other world blues like fado tango Chicago blues.

Proceeds to WOMA

WOMA Benefit Saturday 12th October 2013 at The Rich Mix, Bethnal Green, E1

Dance and Disobedience – A festival of fusion celebrating international street cultures.
Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road
London E1 6LA
Box Office: 020 7613 7498
Dance & Disobedience has been put together by the Curious Creative Collaborators as a benefit festival for WOMA at the Rich Mix, Bethnal Green. All profits made by Dance & Disobedience will go towards future WOMA grants.

Across the world the streets are the playground for the dispossessed, spaces that are reclaimed by skaters, protesters, artists and musicians; using the walls as a forum for expression rather than seeing them as barriers. Fusing music, dance, visual arts, words and fashion Dance & Disobedience makes it possible for these disparate groups to create a shared narrative and find common ground – a celebration of the connections found in the urban environment.
Day time event 12-4pm Free Entry

Dance & Disobedience’s Market of Mayhem

Worldwide the market place is a space of exchange and communication and to reflect this D&D’s daytime programme hosts spoken word, puppetry and films that will have a consciously motivated message to encourage talking, laughing and sharing. The market brings together stalls from: charities and not-for-profit groups who work internationally, creators of original merchandise and crafts from artisans and designers, and food for global flavours.

Line Up so far:

Skateistan (Documentary Films)
Folded Feather (Puppet Show/Suitcase circus)
Somaye tbc (Iranian Jazz/poet)
DJ Lucinda
Evening event 7:30-1am £12 (£10 advance)

Dance & Disobedience

Unifying beats and movement from international cultures of protest, Dance & Disobedience’s main event uses music as a catalyst for resistance and joy. Bringing together beatboxing, carnival drumming, dancing and performance, and headlining with a band of truly international flavour, this celebration of urban creativity encourages everyone to join the movement and unite the senses.

Line up so far:

The Beatbox Collective
Rhythms of Resistance
Artful Badgers
Jerome Hill
Hue Jah Fink

As well as an evening event packed with dancers, drummers, bands and visuals and a daytime market event D&D is hosting a 10-day gallery show.

Dance & Disobedience – An Exhibition for playful protagonists. 9th – 19th October 2013. A collaborative show.. Free

The Exhibition for Playful Protagonists will bring the vibrancy and energy of the streets into the belly of the Rich Mix venue. This collaborative show of emerging artists hosts a mixture of work that is inspired by street culture, urban playfulness, international solidarity and protest, and the unifying power of music. Bringing together paintings, pen work, graffiti art, photography, film and mixed media subverts, this exhibition will be teeming with images and sounds that reflect a world of ideas and struggles. Some artists take a personal vantage point to reflect on their relationship with the urban architecture, while others are simply the messenger bringing snapshots from international moments of protests and parties.

Confirmed artists include:

Magali Krakenberger
Hitesh Modi
Eye Jack
Dasa Raimanova
Molly MacIndoe, and David Debiden.

With video work curated by The Lab Film Festival and The projection Gallery, including work from Jelka Milic, Naomi Green, Philipa McGrath, Eye Jack/Elkha

Submissions will be welcomed until September 2013. Please email.

D&D Crew:

The Curious Creative Collaborators is a not-for-profit collective whose aim is to build bridges for global cultural collaborations. Dance & Disobedience is one of many events we’ve done that bring different elements together into one unified space. We’re passionate about our line ups and want to support, inform and entertain both artists and audiences alike.

WOMA Fundraising gig 13th October 2012

The Forge, 3-7 Delancey Street, Camden, London, NW1 7NL
Price £13.20 (on-line), £15 on the door. Doors 7pm

Our next fundraising gig will be held on Saturday 13th October at The Forge in Camden (a new music & arts venue just a few minutes from Camden Town tube station). Click here to buy your tickets on-line.

We are very excited because Terryazoome (the Greek/World jazz fusion band) will be launching their new album in aid of WOMA at the event!

It promises to be a fun night with some great music and good food for you to enjoy. If you’d like to have dinner whilst enjoying the music, tables can be booked in advance. Call 020 7387 5959 to make your reservation, but don’t leave it too long! Doors will open at 7pm for those dining, and the music will start at 8.30pm.

We very much look forward to seeing you there!

In order to whet your appetite, here are some reviews of the band!

“Terryazoome take a borderless journey of the spirit with Greece and the bouzouki at its heart, Africa in the mix, and Jazz the driver. I found myself elated, emotional and wanting more.”. DJ Ritu

“Whilst the music of Terryazoome is anchored to the music of the Greek Diaspora by default, in the best jazz tradition, the songs on Xana traverse geographical boundaries, transporting the listener to a realm without borders.” David Katz

WOMA fundraising gig Friday January 7th, 2011

Roundhouse Studio Theatre, Chalk Farm Road, Camden London NW1 8EH
Nearest Tubes: Chalk Farm and Camden Town –

Members of Transglobal Underground and Ingrid Thobekile in a one off tribute concert to Doreen Thobekile.

Also featuring: Poetic Pilgrimage and the wonderful DJ Ritu

Doors 7.30pm Entrance £15 on the night(£13 in advance) Bookings through the Roundhouse box office

All proceeds to WOMA

This event is dedicated to Doreen Thobekile a wonderful singer and performer and one of the major figures in the South African London community. Doreen was a great friend and supporter of WOMA from the beginning, appearing with other artistes at all of our annual fundraising gigs.

She will be sorely missed but her footprint will remain and we are delighted to pay tribute to her through the live appearance of  members of Transglobal Underground,  the worlds greatest world fusion band  that Doreen was a member of for a number of years. The night features Doreen’s daughter Ingrid singing some of Doreen’s songs.

Poetic Pilgrimage an exciting female hip hop and spoken word duo from the UK. They are a rare act, being one of the few Muslim female outfits around who are unafraid to express themselves through the art of rhyme.

The legendary DJ Ritu will be mixing a magical blend of contemporary new releases and world music classics.  Ritu is a champion for WOMA and presenter of A World in London, the weekly BBC Radio London programme (BBC London 94.9)which showcases the best of global music.

So come and join us for a very special night of cross cultural sounds from right across Africa and start the New Year with WOMA in mind.