The group name Al Qahwa is Arabic for “the coffee house”. It was inspired by the coffee house culture in the Middle East where people would go to hear the latest news, music, poetry and stories. The repertoire began with traditional songs from Syria, Egypt and Iraq. In 2018, the group started adding original repertoire by members of the band.

Al Qahwa’s new recording “Weyn Allah” adds Waleed Abdulhamid (bass, vocals) and Lauren Barnett (sax, b.up vocals) to the core group. It was made with support from The Toronto Arts Council and The Ontario Arts Council. It was released in June 2023 followed by a Canadian tour with the 6 piece ensemble, adding Roula Said (dance, percussion and back up vocals).

Beverly Kreller
Publicist | SPEAK Music
bev@speak-music.com | 416-922-3620

Al Qahwa would like to acknowledge support from the Ontario Arts Council Market Development grant, which gave them support to showcase and attend Circulart 2024 in Medellín, Colombia. 

Al Qahwa was nominated at the FMO Music Awards for the 2023 ACTRA RACS Award for Best Recording Artist and is nominated for the 2024 “Oliver Schroer – Pushing The Boundaries” Canadian Folk Music Award.

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