Pre-order now, the print will be sent to you on the release date of the forthcoming These Are Our Friends Too album. Created by Tse Tse Fly Middle East especially for the These Are Our Friends Too project, the art print is distinct from the album’s cover art, and all profits from sales will go to FORWARD UK.
The artwork is an A3-sized, unframed giclee print printed on acid-free museum quality 280 gsm paper using fade-resistant archival ink and signed in pencil at the bottom edge of the print. Prints will be delivered in a robust cardboard tube. For overseas delivery costs please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Leading UK-based African diaspora women's campaign and support organisation FORWARD is set to release a unique album to highlight the work it does to eradicate FGM (female genital mutilation). The album is the brainchild of FORWARD’s Naomi Reid and founder of Tse Tse Fly Middle East Simon Coates and continues FORWARD’s These Are Our Friends project, a collection of poetry from young people from London, Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham that responds to the themes of FGM and its attendant consequences. The first stage of the project resulted in a book of the same name that features more than thirty pieces of work, a short film made with Media Trust, and the new collaboration will see twenty of the poems re-imagined.
Known for their live experimental music events that are used to draw attention to human rights issues, Tse Tse Fly Middle East have recruited a selection of female artists and musicians, and each one has been given a spoken word recording of one of the poems. They then composed and recorded a sonic background for their designated piece, with the resulting spoken word and experimental music compositions making up the new, twenty-track set, These Are Our Friends Too. Contributions come from proponents of noise based in Iran, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Serbia and the UK. Everyone involved has given their time for free, with all proceeds from sales of the album going directly to FORWARD.
These Are Our Friends Too will be released late summer 2019.
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Tse Tse Fly Middle East London, UK
Founded in the UAE and now based in London, Tse Tse Fly Middle East is a nonprofit arts platform that uses live interventions to highlight human rights and freedom of speech issues. Releases here are our noise/sonic projects and collaborations.
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