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Celebrating diversity: Performance by Ava


Nottingham Global Roots Festival

Nottingham Global Roots Festival was founded in 2015 by promoter and radio host, Rastarella Falade, with the aim of supporting local artists in showcasing their music and talent. Jude Winwood became Co-Director of the festival in 2017 and brings her passion for music from around the world to the team, along with her studies in Ethnomusicology.  

A growing popular annual festival, Nottingham Global Roots has grown to include national and international artists. Throughout 2020 the festival held online events, showcasing artists and groups in Nottingham and from other cultures, such as Reunion Island and Senegal.  

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Ava is an Anglo-Persian group playing mainly original compositions; a fusion of Persian vocals accompanied by flamenco guitar, violin, flute and hand percussion. Mina, the vocalist, sings in her native language, Farsi, with an emotive and poetic delivery that never fails to move the audience. The group provide a tapestry sounds and textures, drawing on their extensive experience of playing in various jazz and world music groups over the last twenty years.The group comprises of: Mina Fatemi - VocalsJohn Berry – Guitar; Cris Mawson-Harris – Darbouka and Melodica; Stella Patella – Violin; Ed Marchewicz - Ney 

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