International and local stories of migration collide in a multimedia live music concert.

Movement LIVE combines the energy of a concert with the intimacy of storytelling, complete with rich visuals and immersive sound design, in a podcast come to life. The stories and songs explore ideas of a world in motion, defining identity, and what it takes to call a place home, hitting listeners at the level of the hips, the heart, and the head. The performance is led by Ethiopian-American musician and curator Meklit and features Abu Dhabi-raised Somali rapper, Freek; Al Ain-based Syrian singer-songwriter, Ghaliaa Chaker; and Dubai-based Filipino multi-instrumentalist Cromwell Ojeda. Movement LIVE is co-created by audio producer Ian Coss and directed by acclaimed Indian-American theater director Sophiyaa Nayar.

Movement LIVE is co-commissioned by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi. It was co-commissioned by Meany Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Washington (Seattle) and debuted May 7, 2022. They are also co-commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, and Cultural Arts Center at Montgomery College (Takoma Park/Silver Spring, MD).

  • Meklit, Songwriter, composer
  • Freek (Mustafa Ismail), Rapper
  • Ghaliaa, Singer, songwriter, composer
  • Cromwell Ojeda, Grahic designer and artist
  • Ian Coss, Audio producer
  • Sophiyaa Nayar, Screenwriter

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