Counterpoints Arts

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.



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.


Téa Hodzic

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


Lucky Moyo

Lucky Moyo hails from Zimbabwe via 45 countries around the world. Lucky was born in what his elders in rural Plumtree-Zimbabwe, called the year of the good rains since in folk and oral traditions years are not known by the calendar dates but what events took place in that year. Lucky comes from a family […]

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.


Mohammed Yahya

Having fled the civil war in Mozambique with his parents when he was 2, Mohammed Yahya and his family faced daily racism and discrimination, whilst squatting in a block of abandoned flats in Lisbon. After his parents divorced, he moved to London with his father at the age of 10. Inspired by his singer father, […]

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.


Basel Zaraa

Basel Zaraa is a Palestinian artist, who was born in the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Syria. He is a spoken word and stencil graffiti artist and a musician.


Maya Youssef

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