Fundraising gig will benefit Palestinian refugees

HOT BORDER SPECIAL ...the London-based Afro-funk outfit will play a special fundraising gig at The Cluny on January 24.
HOT BORDER SPECIAL ...the London-based Afro-funk outfit will play a special fundraising gig at The Cluny on January 24.

A HIGHLY-rated Afro-funk combo are making their North-East debut this weekend - and it’s all for a good cause.

Hot Border Special will share the bill with the Crossings Band and Palestinian rapper Shahid NWA at The Cluny in Newcastle on Saturday night.

The gig is a fundraiser to buy trainers and tracksuits for the Ramallah Eagles, a newly-formed basketball team on the West Bank of Palestine.

The team is supported by Newcastle Eagles, who have donated shirts to the team, who proudly sport the Eagles logo on their strips.

Hot Border Special have just released their eponymously-titled debut album, whose influences range from afrobeat to rock, highlife to funk, and even a hint of samba.

The musicianship is tight - raw, rootsy and percussion-heavy rhythms underpin lush interwoven guitar melodies - and it’s so rich you don’t even notice the absence of a vocalist.

The band features musicians from The Noisettes, Quantic, Heliocentrics, JetTricks and more.

Their live performances are an exhilarating experience which, if you appreciate and love live music, you just can’t afford to miss, with dancefloors across the UK dancing and jumping all night to the freshest sound around!

The Crossings Band specialise in dancefloor-filling world beat, combining sounds from Africa to the Balkans.

It grew out of the Crossings project, which features newly arrived and refugee artists performing with local musicians.

Palestinian rapper Shahid NWA, who grew up in refugee camps in the Lebanon, will be performing at this very special show.

He raps in Arabic and is a powerful and mesmerising artist who mixes old school and contemporary rap styles, combined with a strong social and political message.

The Ramallah Eagles, based in the Al Am’mari Refugee Camp in the West Bank, is made up of 10 to 12-year-old boys.

The members, who live in poverty, dream and aspire to play in leagues - and even join a national team.

The fundraiser is being promoted by Labour Friends of Palestine to support their development and to help make these dreams a reality.

Tickets to see Hot Border Special, the Crossings Band and Shahid NWAat The Cluny are £10 from 230 4474.