Reem Kelani

Reem Kelani, the Palestinian singer and musicologist was born in Manchester, brought up in Kuwait and now lives in London. She has led major tours with her band to Syria, Turkey, Germany, Belgium, China, and the US. In 2015, Reem performed in Sir Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater at the Royal Albert Hall, and in 2014, she performed alongside the Bergen Philharmonic and a 250-strong choir in Orlando Gough’s “Stemmer”. Reem is bi-lingual and bi-cultural, appealing to Arab and non-Arab audiences. She combines musicality, meticulous field research, excellent Arabic language and adherence to the conventions of classical Arabic singing. Reem composes and arranges her own material. She has pioneered the introduction of Arabic and Palestinian singing in schools across the UK and has given lectures and workshops at Istanbul’s Bosphorus University, Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts, London’s Goldsmiths College, Shanghai’s Conservatory of Music and Damascus’ Higher Institute of Music. Reem also wrote and presented “Songs for Tahrir” for BBC Radio 4 on the music of the Egyptian Revolution (2012) and two series of Distant Chords on the music of migrant communities in the UK (2002-2003). 2016 saw the release of “Reem Kelani: Live at the Tabernacle”, in follow up to her acclaimed first album “Sprinting Gazelle – Palestinian Songs from the Motherland and the Diaspora”. Reem has overcome obstacles to earn her place as an artist who enjoys widespread critical acclaim and a strong following at the grassroots, with huge artistic and personal integrity. Reem was shortlisted for the Asian Women’s Award (Arts & Culture) in May and for the Arab-British Centre Award for Culture in July 2017.