DATE: 15/02/2019
TIME: 8:30 pm
LOCATION: 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
Words Words Words 15/02/2019

War on Want and Marsm present:

A full evening dedicated to showcasing of some of Palestine’s most inventive and compelling spoken-word and musical artists. From protest songs to cunning social insights, humour and grief, four stellar artists come together to celebrate the power of words and meaning.


Farah Chamma فرح شمّا
Creating a unique strand of poetry, monologue and comedy, that mixes Fus-ha (literary Arabic) and colloquial Arabic, she will be accompanied by Maruan Betawi (Oud) and Phelan Burgoyne (drums).

Dana Dajani
Award-winning Palestinian actor and writer, Dajani uses her theatrical background to give her spoken word a performative edge. With her signature style of theatrical spoken-word pieces, her poems are a passionate contributions to prominent themes of our time. She will be accompanied by Japanese percussionist Leo Komazawa.

جوان صفدي jowan safadi
Multi-genre musician, singer, songwriter Jowan has become celebrated for his iconic strand of sarcastic protest songs that give his work a rare and revealing edge. He started his career in the late 90s, building his popularity with three experimental albums yet reached his breakthough in 2012 with the release of his album ‘Namrud’. Also known as the frontman of FISHSAMAK, the Arabic free-rock band, Jowan’s lyrics don’t shy away and are toned with his personal reflections on a wide range of issues related to politics, religion and philosophy, making him one of the most dynamic artists in the scene.

Rafeef Ziadah
Hosting the night, will be renowned spoken-word artist, lecturer and human-rights activist Rafeef Ziadah. With wit and precision, her words touch a chord of honesty and beauty that transcends cultural barriers and entrenched beliefs – her poem “We Teach Life, Sir” went viral and she has since then toured the world as an advocate for displaced people all over the world.

This event is supported by SOAS Palestine Society and Artists for Palestine UK.

Performances will be in English and Arabic.

This event is 16+.
This event is produced by Marsm UK – London-based concert producers and organisers for alternative and underground Arabic music events in the UK. From Palestinian hip-hop to bass-heavy electronic nights, Egyptian indie-rock and everything in between, come follow the journey on