Requiem For Justice – Rasha

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Kan Lek (You Wish), a music performance by Rasha, Sudan.
Commissioned for Requiem for Justice.

Rasha is a Sudanese singer, musician and songwriter who has had a global presence in the international music scene for over 25 years. Rasha emigrated to Spain in 1991 at the age of 20 to escape the volatile situation in Sudan, where the regime was enforcing strict rules on women’s dress and basic freedoms.

Rasha born 1971 in Omdurman, Sudan, as Rasha Sheikh Al Deen is known both for her music as well as for her appearance in the movies The Sheik and I (2012) and Lush (1999).

Rasha comes from a large family, which includes intellectuals, artists, and musicians. Her brother Wafir, for example, played with the Spanish world music band Radio Tarifa.

She mainly sings in her mother tongue- Arabic, but also performs in Spanish, English, Nubian and Creole. She has performed across Europe, in Colombia, Brazil, Sudan, Senegal, Egypt and the USA. She has collaborated on stage and on recordings with many international musicians such as Eliseo Parra, Patxi Pascual, Oren Marshall, The Malarians, Jamshid Shareefi, and Mastretta, amongst others. She also participated in the Refugee Voices festival in Geneva for UNHCR’s 50th anniversary, with great artists such as Youssou N’Dour, K’naan, Geoffrey Oryema amongst others.

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