Traces Project

An untold history of contributions to arts and culture from men and women who have sought safety in the UK from conflict and persecution.

1986 

M.I.A.

M.I.A. is an award winning recording artist who was born in Sri Lanka to Tamil parents. She is also a songwriter, painter and director.

1989 

Téa Hodzic

Singer and guitarist Tea Hodzic was born in Bosnia but is now based in the UK. She performs traditional Bosnian music.

1990 

Khyam Allami

Khyam Allami is a Syrian oud player, collaborator and musical explorer who has performed at WOMAD, the BBC Proms and London 2012 Festival, the cultural festival that accompanied the Olympics.

1991 

Rita Ora

Rita Ora is a British singer, songwriter and actress born in Kosovo who had the most number-one singles on the UK Singles Chart in 2012.

2012 

Maya Youssef

Maya is a Syrian Kanun Player who was recognized as an Exceptional Talent by Arts Council England in 2012.