Musicians Unite to End FGM Corey Harris Band UK Tour, March 2018

FORWARD’s Musicians Unite to End FGM project is touring the Corey Harris Band this March 2018. Details of all events on the poster below. 

FORWARD’s Musicians Unite to End FGM is an Arts Council England supported project which engages with well-known artists to raise awareness of female genital mutilation, child marriage and all violence against African women and girls. This project aims to raise awareness amongst a much wider audience and to audiences of artists whose countries of origin are affected by the issue.

Corey Harris is based in America. He is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and band leader who has carved out his own niche in blues, he appeared in the iconic Martin Scorsese 2003 film 'Feel Like Going Home' from The Blues Film Collection where he travels through Mississippi and on to West Africa (feat. Ali Farka Toure), exploring the roots of the music. Corey's seventh album Mississippi to Mali was released in the same year.

A powerful singer and accomplished guitarist, he has appeared at venues throughout the North America, Europe, Brazil, The Caribbean, West Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He has performed, recorded, and toured with many of the top names in music such as BB King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Henry Butler, R.L.Burnside, John Jackson, Ali Farka Toure, Dave Mattews Band, Tracy Chapman, Olu Dara, Wilco, Natalie Merchant, and others.


Corey Harris Band Recorded Live at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Live! From Turtle Island (2015), True Blues (2013), Fulton Blues(2013), Rasta Blues Experience Live (2013), Father Sun, Mother Earth(2011), Blu.Black(2009), Zion Crossroads(2007), Daily Bread(2005), Mississippi To Mali(2003), Downhome Sophisticate(2002), Vu-Du Menz(2000), Greens From The Garden(1999), Fish Ain’t Bitin’(1997), Between Midnight And Day(1995).

Video's: Corey Harris at North Sea Jazz Club (2016), Corey Harris Live 2015 Accadia Blues, Father, Sun Mother Earth.

FORWARD Corey Harris Band Poster

Hidden Scars Exhibition

FORWARD's Artists Unite to End FGM project presents Hidden Scars, an art exhibition exploring harmful practices such as female genital mutilation and other similar issues affecting African girls and women, both in Africa and in the global African diaspora. It aims to highlight the physical and mental trauma suffered by many women due to these practices. The art inspires hope, focuses on the strength of survival and also celebrates African girls and women. The exhibition is being held to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls.

It features the works of 9 female artists: Phillipa Kate Weaver:
Fio Adamson:
Farida Makki:
Iris Legendre:
Aga Tamiola:
Sarrah El-Bushra:
Linett Kamala:
Gloria Ojulari Sule:

The opening night Friday 1st Dec 6.30pm-9pm (poetry, discussion and music to start 7.30pm) features drinks reception, spoken word from Cherelle Salmon (former FORWARD youth advocate), Ethio-jazz music by the incredible Hanisha Solomon and discussion. Register here for the opening night.

Hanisha Solomon is a rising Ethiopian star based in London she has the extraordinary talent of singing in Amharic, Oromiffa & Arabic, her songs are a mix of Ethio-jazz, reggae and soul.

Hanisha has collaborated with a range of stars such as Dennis Bovell, Femi Kuti and Didier Awadi. She is an artist that performs internationally so we are lucky she is able to join us for this special night.

Opening hours for the exhibition, which is open from the 1st to the 15th December can be found  here  where you can also register if you would like to make a donation to attend, but you are welcome to visit the gallery at any time.