16 Jun 2019 / 14:45 to 15:15

Refugee Week Launch at the V&A Museum – Acacusine

We are delighted to welcome Danto Aya to our Refugee Week launch event at the V&A. Danto is a Tuareg musician from Ghat in the south of Libya. He is based in London and works as a solo artist, playing acoustic guitar, steel-stringed acoustic guitar and all- lectric guitars.

Type of music Danto’s music is primarily guitar-driven, in the style known among the Tuareg people as assouf. This kind of music is powerful and almost every Tuareg sings it. Assouf in Tamazight (Tuareg) means nostalgia and loneliness. When he was young he used to listen to the Tuareg band legend, ‘Tinariwen’. He first met and played with them for the first time in Libya during 1994s.  He also played with a number of Tuareg musical bands, such Kel Assouf and Terakaft. He has played at various music festivals including Music Port Festival, Band on the Wall and many others.  

His songs always reflect the sufferings of his people the Tuareg, and their political and environmental conditions, including marginalization, discrimination and statelessness; also droughts due to climatic changes that swept the Sahara Desert at the beginning of the 1980s. Prolonged droughts led to the loss of vast numbers of livestock, as well as deaths of many nomadic Tuaregs. In other words, he always sings about the suffering that has faced the Tuareg, particularly in Libya, reflecting the daily life and hoping that this might inspire people to stand up for their rights. This of course was never allowed under the Gaddafi regime. Danto was put in prison on many occasions as a consequence. He encountered racism wherever he went, just by being a Tuareg.

Part of our PRS Foundation funded ‘Music for Social Change’ project.

16 Jun 2019
14:45 to 15:15

Devonshire Hunting Tapestries, Room 94, Level 3, V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL


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