A Brian Eno Interview

November 21, 2005

Politicised Eno to sing in Arabic

Brian Eno has been speaking about his return to singing live as part of a concert in London.
The former Roxy Music musician and producer, who has organised the concert will sing in Arabic with rising Arabic rock star Rachid Taha. The other acts on the bill will be Imogen Heap and Nitin Sawhney.

Eno has previously played with Taha in Paris, Moscow and St Petersburg.

The show is in aid of the UK’s Stop The War Coalition – to be held on 27 November – a pressure group founded to oppose to the war in Iraq.

Eno, who has a long history of political activism, told BBC World Service’s The Music Biz programme that all high-profile musicians had an “unfair advantage” and that they had a choice of how they used it.

“If you’re in the arts or some kind of celebrity, you get the microphone pointed at you,” he said.

“You can either choose to ignore that, and carry on talking about yourself, or you can say, ‘Here’s a chance to exert some sort of pressure for change.’

“I think if somebody doesn’t do something about it – even if its only a baffled confused artist – nothing’s going to get any better.”

Read whole article.

Listen to interview:
Eno Interview.mp3


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