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TWO musicians who were persecuted in their home countries will perform at a concert in Havant.

Palestinian musician Adel Salameh brings his international group to The Spring in East Street, on June 3.

Both he and his Algerian wife and singer, Naziha Azzouz, have had personal experiences of persecution which caused them to leave their homelands.

Salameh studied the oud – or lute – at the Conservatoire in Baghdad and has been an ambassador for peace since he became a professional musician twenty years ago despite receiving death threats when he performs with Israeli musicians. Azzouz was forced to leave Algeria and settle in France because of the hatred directed towards female musicians who wanted to perform in public.

They will be joined by Paris-based Egyptian percussionist Adel Shames el-Din. Tickets cost £12.50. Call (023) 9247 2700 for tickets or go to