Mustapha Makhdoom (The Metronomad) – Surrey Muse


Mustapha Makhdoom is a South Asian Canadian singer and songwriter working out of Edmonton. He has launched four collections of his songs starting with ‘Opening Doors’. Mustapha combines the poetic and musical traditions of Sindhi and Urdu into his lyrics and tunes. His most recent album titled ‘With You’ explores classic folk music. He has toured across Canada, Pakistan, USA, France, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates. While Mustapha admits reverence to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, Muse, Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Jack White and Paco de Lucia, the pivotal musical influence for him may have been his own father, a ‘hobby’ singer of revolutionary poetry who has an amazing voice and an undying passion for singing.

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At the June 25 gathering of Surrey Muse, Mustapha will be the Featured Performer. More about the event is here:

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Helga Parekh – Surrey Muse


Helga Parekh is a writer, artist, sculptor, potter, and a performer. She published a self-made chapbook of her poem ‘Learning from the Timeless Beauty Of a Tulip‘ in 2016. She won first prize from the Arts Council of Surrey for Christmas Card Verse competition in 2018. Her poetry has appeared in various publications including Saving Seeds (New West Writers, 2014), and her poems were the finalists in the Burnaby Writers Society annual writing contest in 2012. She has illustrated a children’s book ‘Ramya’s Stars‘ by Mala Ashok. It was published by Pratham Books, a not-for-profit organization in India, in multiple Indian languages to promote reading among children. It is available in Hindi and English at the Surrey Libraries. In 2017, Helga completed the Southbank Writer’s Course at the SFU Surrey. She was a member of New West Writers, a member and sometimes facilitator of Renaissance Book Writers, and she was the Group Facilitator of Surrey Muse Writers. Helga is a supporting member of Surrey Muse since 2012. At this time, she is working on another book of poems that also may contain her illustrative art.

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At the March 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Helga will begin the Open Mic session. More information about the event is here:

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Feb 24-2012 Gathering of Surrey Muse

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Friday Feb 24, 2012
5:30 – 8:30 PM
Room 418 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

Guest Author Ben Nuttall Smith
Featured Poet Candice James, Poet Laureate New Westminster
Featured Filmmaker Tabatha Visutskie
Book Signing Ibrahim Honjo
Open Mic opens with Jason Sunder
Host Mariam Zohra-Durrani

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Free event
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