To coincide with the exhibition Rebel Sounds, part of the Culture Under Attack season at IWM London, Imperial War Museums presents Rebel Sounds Live, a free series of live interventions and discussions with musicians and activists who have risked their lives for culture in times of war, exile and censorship.

Performances, Talks and Tours

Rebel Sounds Live Belgrade: Techno Music and Grassroots Resistance

The Serbian DJ and music journalist, Tijana T in Belgrade
© Sever Žolak
23 November 2019
IWM London

London-based journalist, broadcaster and DJ Kate Hutchinson will lead a panel of music-activists in a discussion about the rave scene in 90s Belgrade. 

Performances, Talks and Tours

Rebel Sounds Live Mali: Defiant Music and Songhoy Blues

Band members from Songhoy Blues standing in front of the Rebel Sounds exhibition at IWM London
© IWM Malian desert blues band Songoy Blues (from left: Drissa Kone, Aliou Touré, Oumar Touré, Garba Touré)
1 December 2019
IWM London

Exiled Desert Blues stars Songhoy Blues perform their music of resistance and discuss rebellion and the banning of music in Mali.

Rebel Sounds Live is part of Culture Under Attack, a free season of three exhibitions, live music, performances and talks at IWM London that explore how war threatens not just people’s lives, but also the things that help define us. Telling stories spanning 100 years, Culture Under Attack reveals why some try to erase or exploit culture, while others risk everything to protect, celebrate and rebuild it.

Learn more about Rebel Sounds Live

Syrian metal singer Jake Shuker in action
Photo: Richard Ash
Contemporary conflict

Rebel Sounds Live: Syria

Watch highlights from the first Rebel Sounds Live: Syria event with Jake Shuker and Aeham Ahmad. 

© Tina Korhonen / World Metal Congress
© Tina Korhonen / World Metal Congress
Contemporary conflict

Rebel Sounds Live: Jake Shuker

Jake Shuker, lead singer of Syrian death metal band Maysaloon, on his love of death metal and being a musician. 


Aeham Ahmad sitting at a piano in a damaged street in Syria
© Aeham Ahmad/Niraz Saied Aeham Ahmad performing in Yarmouk, Syria.
Contemporary conflict

Rebel Sounds Live: Aeham Ahmad

Aeham Ahmad, also known as 'The Pianist of Yarmouk,' is a Syrian concert pianist who risked his life for music. Discover his story.