On Tuesday 13th of June BrightMed celebrated the re-birth of the Gibraltar World Music Festival with this year’s edition called ‘Kúshame!’.
‘Kúshame!’ is a word from our local and popular dialect called ‘Yanito’. Yanito is spoken by the people of the region of Gibraltar. It simply means ‘Listen to me’, what better statement by a Festival. BrightMed has created bridges between Business and Culture around the World for the last 9 years.
The BrightMed Festival would not exist without our sponsors: Kusuma Trust, EMID Gibraltar, Hyperion, Our Town, Hassans, BFA, Gamma Architects, McNab Holdings, Parody Tours and Imperial Group amongst others who have supported these events.
GWMF arranged concerts at St Michael’s cave and explored the universality of music with Al’Fado, Liraz and Anna RF.
Al’Fado is a new musical program constructed mostly of music originating from the Iberian Peninsula. This music goes back to the Jewish/Hebrew communities living in the region in medieval times and it’s sang in an ancient dialect of Spanish mixed with Portuguese and Hebrew called Ladino. Al’Fado is half Israeli and half Portuguese. The group features singer Gal Tamir, Avishay Back on bass guitar, João Roque on guitars and Diogo Melo de Carvalho on percussion. The group is based in the rich and varied music scene of Lisbon, the multicultural capital of Portugal.
Singer, songwriter and actress Liraz has wowed crowds with her performances of stage, sound, and screen. In this groundbreaking musical project Liraz sought to combine modern sounds and beats with the ethnic flavour from her persian roots. The mixture of beats with Iranian influences of the 1970’s translates into Liraz’s desire to integrate her family’s history with her own. This inspiration is what fueled her interest to work with the acclaimed beats producer Rejoicer (Raw Tapes). Liraz blends her Iranian heritage with Los Angeles driven beats to create a truly rich mix of Middle Eastern spice and clean-cut beats.
Anna RF is an Electro Reggae band who creates music that combines the beauty of different cultures and brings people together in a joyful celebration of unity. The group’s sound is a mix between east & west, their vision stands for blending ancient and modern instruments with a live-electronic touch.