Join us for a live performance and Q+A to celebrate the debut EP  دیگر سایه ای در کار نیست  (No More Shadows) from Iranian singer and musician, Aref Ghorbani.

The work was commissioned by Cross Borders, our programme of arts and cultural activism projects.

No More Shadows will be released on BandCamp and YouTube on the 21st November. Aref will celebrate the EP launch with a live performance followed by a Q&A on the 29th of November at Drygate, Glasgow.

Aref will perform with some of his closest collaborators, bringing together cultures, stories and music in a celebration of the human spirit.

The album encapsulates not only his personal journey but also the collective journey of countless refugees who, like him, have found solace and strength in their pursuit of artistic expression. One special track, Jome Bazaar (Friday Market), sung in his mother tongue, Gilaki, acts as a vessel for the rich cultural heritage of his province and a testament to the resilience of his people. Jome Bazaar holds significant cultural and historical significance. The song gained prominence during a tumultuous period in 1953, but was originally performed by the renowned Gilani singer Ahmad Ashoorpur, a prominent figure in both cultural and political activism.

Additionally, the roots of this melody trace back to Polish origins. Following the Second World War, the port city of Pahlevi (now Anzali), located near Aref’s place of birth, served as a primary landing point for Polish refugees escaping the Soviet Union.

Adding another layer to this cultural fusion, Aref collaborated with the Scottish Gaelic singer, Mischa Macpherson, to create an updated remix with an unique and harmonious blend of Gilaki and Scottish Gaelic. For Aref, the collaboration with Mischa and the diverse cultural influences embedded in this song symbolize the rich tapestry that refugees bring to their new homes.

Aref said: “As someone currently residing in Scotland, I see “Jome Bazaar” as a celebration of diversity, echoing the stories of refugees past and present. This song serves as a testament to how music has the power to connect us, fostering unity while honouring and sharing the unique histories of those who have sought refuge in new lands… As an Iranian refugee musician, I have endured the stifling grip of censorship, restricting the expression of my art. Now, in Scotland, supported by the Scottish Refugee Council, I stand on the precipice of a new chapter—one where the shackles of fear are finally broken.”


When: 7 – 9 PM, Wednesday 29 November

Where: Drygate, Glasgow.


Book tickets here.


Tickets are available to book on a sliding scale of £5 – £15. All £15 ticket holders will receive a free download of the EP and all proceeds go towards the performing artists. We will be providing free tickets to people in the asylum process directly. Please get in touch with us for more details.


Gilly Furmage
Author: Gilly Furmage