Tongue Fu is one of the UK’s leading spoken word and music shows. Poets, comedians, rappers and storytellers re-imagine material live with brand new soundtracks and visuals created by some of London’s top improvising musicians and VJs. Created and hosted by poet and musician, Chris Redmond (BBC Radio 1, 2, 4, XFM, CBBC, SKY Arts), it’s a riotous experiment in literature, music, film and improvisation. For Shubbak, we present an exclusive night with Arab spoken word artists.


Amerah Saleh is a Yemeni artist from Birmingham. Co-Founder of Verve Poetry Press and member of Beatfreeks Collective, her book I Am Not From Here explores being British and Yemeni.

Claudine Toutoungi’s poems have appeared in Poetry Chicago, The Guardian, The Financial Times and The Spectator. Her plays have been on BBC Radio 4 and at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, New York.

Farah Chamma is a Dubai-born Palestinian performer. She writes and performs poetry in Arabic, English and French. Her current goal is to create Arabic content that mixes Modern Standard Arabic (fus-ha) and colloquial Arabic.

Samira Saleh is a Dutch-born poet of Moroccan origin and a rising star in the Belgian and Dutch slam world. She hosts regular slam nights and the Mamaís Open Mike nights in Antwerp

Spoken word magicians
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Produced by Tongue Fu. Presented with additional support from Cockayne Grants for the Arts and London Community Foundation.

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