Clairo, Faye Webster, Stormzy & more played Mustafa’s Gaza & Sudan benefit (pics, video)

Mustafa held his Newark, NJ benefit show for Human Concern International‘s relief work in Gaza and Sudan on Thursday night (1/4), featuring performances from Clairo (who did solo renditions of “Blouse” and Judee Sill’s “Lopin’ Along Thru the Cosmos,” and provided musical backing for poetry readings from Safia Elhillo and Hala Alyan), Faye Webster, Charlotte Day Wilson, Daniel Caesar, Nick Hakim, Omar Apollo, Stormzy (who played “Hide & Seek” and “Holy Spirit”), 070 Shake, Poor Things star Ramy Youssef, Elyanna, and MC Abdul. Mohammed el-Kurd was also scheduled to appear, but as Pitchfork reports, Mustafa read a poem of his, “No Moses in Siege,” while Omar Apollo played piano, and told the crowd he was stuck in London after losing his passport.

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Mustafa, who is the son of Sudanese immigrants, acted as the evening’s solemn but hopeful MC, introducing the show with an update on everyone’s donations. “I’d like to say with great pride that because of the diligence of Human Concern International, we’ve already had multiple trucks enter Gaza,” he said, adding that those vehicles were packed with critical supplies such as food and wheelchairs. The folk artist also spoke about his late brother, who was shot and killed in Toronto last year after conditions of the war in Sudan forced him to leave that country. “I don’t mention this for pity,” he said. “I mention this to say that we are connected to every war. That we are connected to every person that dies. That we are connected to every genocide.”

Read Pitchfork‘s report from the event here, and see pictures from the night by Jessie Eshak and courtesy of All Love Productions below, along with attendee-taken video.