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Roots, Rhythms,Testimonies: Brina, Tom Pow and Marty Hailey

Sun 26 May, 7.30–9.30pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite.

Jamaican roots reggae singer Brina is one of Scotland’s undersung talents, whose music fuses elements of her cultural and musical heritage using Reggae, Nyabinghi and other musical styles from the global African Diaspora.

Tom Pow is one of Scotland’s most accomplished poets and tonight he offers Transfusion his extended poem in praise of Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela, which brings in elements of travel writing from visits to Africa separated by twenty years. Marty Hailey is an endlessly versatile composer and musician who has worked with Brina and Pow to bind both their talents together in a night of song and deep-rooted story.

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Thu 30 Nov, 5.30–8pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite

For Book Week Scotland, a night spent with the social side of Jacqueline Donachie’s exhibition with politically engaged Irish poets Christodoulos Makris and Julie Morrissy, Scots author and NHS campaigner Rab Wilson as well as music from Edinburgh charity Upward Mobility’s band Sounds Rhythmic – an inclusive percussion band that play a range of instruments will perform fun, original rhythms both unaccompanied and to recorded music. This will be an evening of strong voices celebrating how we care for one another.

Photo: Chris Scott

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