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Vula Viel

Vula Viel means Good is Good in Dagaare, the language of the tribe in Upper West Ghana where Bex Burch lived, farmed and studied for three years. Now it’s the name of her trio featuring the best of London’s young music talent: Ruth Goller (bass) and Jim Hart (drums).

Their intensely rhythmic music is an engaging mix of African, electronica and minimalist influences. Based around the Gyil (the Dagaare xylophone made of sacred lliga wood) Vula Viel create something new and vital.

This music will engage, entrance and excite your soul. Vula Viel started making waves in 2015 when they quickly caught the attention of the Royal Festival Hall promotors and played a sold out show in the Purcell Room. Followed in December 2015 with another sold out gig at Ronnie Scott’s for the opening of the London Jazz Festival, at which Burch took an axe to wood and tuned a xylophone key live on BBC radio 3, the Guardian names them the “unexpected stars of a glizy show ★★★★”.

Their new trio line-up and fresh, raw sound makes Vula Viel ripe to develop their presence and profile across the World. Releasing their second album ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ in 2018,Vula Viel sound like nothing you’ve ever heard before. Indeed in the hands of Vula Viel, Good is very Good indeed!

Financial Times ★★★★ | Songlines ★★★★ | Jazzwise ★★★★ | London Evening Standard ★★★★ | “Funerals have never sounded so funky” Songlines

“like Portico Quartet on steroids” Jazzwise

 

 

William The Conqueror

“One of our best songwriters and lyricists” – THE TIMES

“A breath of fresh air” – THE OBSERVER

“Stomping country rock veering into stoner grunge” – THE GUARDIAN

Hailing from the South West, William The Conqueror are currently spinning the Americana world on it’s denim clad axis.  Their originality has seen them nominated for an Americana award and make giant waves all the way across the Atlantic into the tough landscape of Nashville.  No wonder the trio are tipped hotly as one to watch for 2017.

Bursting with retro-infused energy, there are a myriad of influences, underpinned by a taste for good, old-fashioned roots. One minute it’s a hushed JJ Cale that somehow finds its way to an angry Jim Morrison or a 60’s Dylan; the next it’s a grunge era Pearl Jam via Leonard Cohen and a nod to Tom Waits.  What is undoubtedly unique is the rich, earnest voice and the poetic nuance of a band clearly wise to the complexities and hardships of love and life.

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Young Waters

Young Waters’ twisted neo-folk is a tapestry of emotionally powerful vocals, stirring harmonies, lyrical strings and finely mastered acoustic guitar. Their exhilarating rhythms and intricate melodies, coupled with a repertoire that combines startling original material with traditional folk songs, makes for a captivating stage presence.

They burst onto the London / Bristol folk scene in 2015 as Snufkin, and have been making a name for themselves ever since. A live album, ‘Live from The Fayre’ (recorded live at Rollright Fayre), followed by a host of festival appearances (including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, Boomtown and Smugglers) have cemented their reputation with fans. They rounded off the summer by winning Bath Folk Festival’s New Shoots competition.

2017 has seen the band record a full length album at Peter Gabriel’s legendary Real World Studios which will be released in April 2018 to coincide with their UK tour.

Young Waters is a five-piece band led by Theo Passingham (vocals and guitar) with Kerry Ann Jangle (vocals and percussion), Liam O’Connell (double bass and vocals), Calum Smith (violin) and Rowen Elliot (viola).

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Me and My Friends

The sound of English folk colliding head-on with the golden-era music of 1970s West Africa and the Caribbean.

Bound by a mutual love of the sun-drenched vintage sounds of afrobeat, soukous, highlife and roots reggae, the UK-based 5-piece re-invent these influences around the instantly recognisable voice and finger-style guitar of songwriter and singer Nick Rasle.

“Unusual instrumental forces create a sublime fusion that combines pastoral dreaminess with the heat of reggae, highlife and Afrobeat sounds” – Songlines Magazine.

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Camo Clave

Camo Clave are an Electro Tropical band who combine traditional Latin American rhythms with synthesizers, effects and processors.

Fronted by the exquisite vocals of Andalusia’s Marta Zu and featuring members of legendary groups Baila La Cumbia and No Go Stop this seven some bring  a whole new electro dance sound to the classic rhythms of Rumba, Son and Cumbia.

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Dakhla

“A powerhouse. Talent, instinct and creativity make them a real force to be reckoned with.” – Sound on Sound

“Dakhla – here is one of the bands doing great things right now! ‘Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla’… is well worth picking up” – Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

Dakhla Brass have embarked on a magic exploration of the richness of brass music as celebrated around the world. Propelled by restless percussion, theirs is ‘not exactly’ music – not exactly jazz, not exactly hip-hop, not exactly brass band or Arabian or second-line Mardi Gras … Yet it draws on all of that and more, pumping with the excited surge of a carnival crowd while catching the careful craft of a colliery band and the artful freedom of New Orleans jazz. It taps your toes, swivels your hips and strokes your chin all at the same time.

Armed with just a trumpet, two saxophones, a trombone and a drum kit, they have released three albums of original music in under three years, carefully honing an identity with intricately written musical tapestries woven from glittering brass threads. The sheer quality of their music has caught the ears of BBC Radio 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 while their live performances have included sharing prestigious stages with top international contemporary outfits, including the Youngblood, Hypnotic and Hot 8 Brass Bands.

Web: dakhlabrass.com

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Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow

“Fleet fingered and ingeniously arranged… deserve to be thought of as up there with the best of them” – Songlines

“Such dexterity, energy and passion… mightily impressive” – R2 Magazine

“The pair demonstrate an eclectic approach that lifts them head and shoulders above the rest” – Acoustic Magazine

“Never a dull moment, with imagination firing throughout and an abundance of creative energy” – Living Tradition

Best known as the virtuoso guitar and fiddle players from the band Sheelanagig, Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow draw on their many influences to created unique arrangements of traditional music, as well as their own compositions. The live show is a musical journey through Europe, America and beyond, combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship.
Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow’s debut album ‘The Fox’ has been received with critical acclaim. It explores the relationship between fiddle, guitar and voice, using the fertile ground of the traditional music of the British Isles as its starting point. The product of decades of musical experience, the track listing combines self penned tunes and folk tales, all intricately arranged and heartfelt.

Tantz

Tantz deliver a failsafe fusion of virtuoso instrumentalism, smart-alec arrangements and all manner of pulse-grabbing grooves that turn on a sixpence and keep you on your toes. After a year packed with storming shows, including festivals like Bestival and Secret Garden, a string of gigs to promote their latest album and recent radio play on Cerys Matthews (Radio 6) and Mark Radcliffe (Radio 2), the future is set to be even more exciting for Tantz.

“Top-notch musicianship…I have not heard anything quite like this…”  – Songlines 2015

Web: www.tantz.co.uk

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Phil King

“Absolutely Brilliant. He is a Song Weaver” – Bob Harris BBC Radio 2

“Always lyrical, tuneful and emotional. Lovers of the darker side of folk and roots-based music will find plenty to enjoy.”  – R2 Rock’n’Reel Magazine

“Stunningly Beautiful, The Wreckage should expand his profile considerably.”  – Folk Radio UK

“Phil’s songs are couched in the simple language of truth.”  – Fatea Magazine

 As a singer songwriter Phil King has the whole trinity: a beautiful, soulful voice; deft skills at playing the guitar and the capacity to write elegantly worded and powerful songs. His new album The Wreckage, released earlier this year, has already caught excellent media attention, with Radio 2’s Bob Harris describing him as ” Absolutely Brilliant” and a “Song Weaver”. With years of touring under his belt, Phil is embarking on a string of solo shows to promote his new live album in March/April 2017. Please do get in touch if you are interested.

 

Web – www.phil-king.net

FB – https://www.facebook.com/philkingsings

 

Dila V & The Odd Beats

Dila V and The Odd Beats

Fronted by Dila Vardar’s bewitching vocals, The Odd Beats unfailingly deliver an exhilarating, exuberant and intercontinental sonic journey. Their Bosporus-straddling blend of Turkish folk, psychedelic flair and irresistible Balkan dance beats comes with sinuous hints of Greek Rebetiko amongst other tasty world music flavours.

Get ready to shake your hips, shimmy your tummy and twirl around the dance floor withthis eccentric and exceptionally cool multinational musical family.

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Web – theoddbeats.com

 

 

 

No Go Stop

“The Bristol band have a real feel for what Fela Kuti and Tony Allen created 40 years ago…No Go Stop sound like real contenders for the contemporary Afrobeat crown.”  Songlines 2015

The mighty 12-piece No Go Stop are much more than a tribute to past glories, they are a living, breathing evocation of the life-force that is Afrobeat. Driving percussion, brass encrusted rhythms catch the timeless quality of that ancestral funk sound to present the heart of jazz with the soul of Africa and keep you dancing till dawn.

Web – nogostop.co.uk

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Launch

Monday 14th March 2016, 7:30pm at Servant Jazz Quarters – London N168JN
Tickets: £5.00 from brownpapertickets.com

Join us for the launch of Bristol’s mighty 5-piece Dakhla as they celebrate the launch of their third album ‘Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla’ at the Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston. Tickets will be £5 in advance and the event is hosted by Ear Trumpet Music.

Dakhla Brass have embarked on a magic exploration of the richness of brass music as celebrated around the world. Propelled by restless percussion, theirs is ‘not exactly’ music – not exactly jazz, not exactly hip-hop, not exactly brass band or Arabian or second-line Mardi Gras … Yet it draws on all of that and more, pumping with the excited surge of a carnival crowd while catching the careful craft of a colliery band and the artful freedom of New Orleans jazz. It taps your toes, swivels your hips and strokes your chin all at the same time.

Armed with just a trumpet, two saxophones, a trombone and a drum kit, they have released three albums of original music in under three years, carefully honing an identity with intricately written musical tapestries woven from glittering brass threads. The sheer quality of their music has caught the ears of BBC Radio 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 while their live performances have included sharing prestigious stages with top international contemporary outfits, including the Youngblood, Hypnotic and Hot 8 Brass Bands.

Web: www.dakhlabrass.com

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2513834

Venue: http://www.servantjazzquarters.com/node/1023

 

Don Kipper

*Winners of The World Music Network’s Battle of the Bands 2015*

*Winners of the inaugural Moshe Beregovski Award 2014*

“Sure to send shivers down your spine” –  Songlines

“So tight it sounds like one divine entity is playing the band” – Max Reinhardt, Late Junction – BBC Radio 3

 Seven outrageously skilful musicians create high octane, award-winning Klezmer fusion, with fingers flying devilishly fast over the numerous strings, buttons, keys and skins that make up the component parts of Don Kipper’s joyful little orchestra. Dunja Botic’s sumptuous vocals soar around and above the instruments’ intricate polyrhythms. 

From Turkish Fasıl and Greek Rebetiko to Gypsy Jazz and Klezmer, they have collected sounds from around the world and woven them all together into a spectacular tapestry that is entirely their own. Their colourful, virtuosic interpretations of traditional tunes have won them widespread praise, and with two albums and two awards under their belt as well as sessions on bbc radio 3  there is no doubt they will continue to astonish the music world in the coming years.

Web – www.donkipper.com/

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Gnawa Blues All-Stars

 Born in Africa’s Mahgreb desert, the compelling dance rhythms of Gnawa music have been driving traditional trance-dance rituals for centuries. In this London-based collective Moroccan master musician Simo Lagnawi combines the raw bass sound of his guembri with electric guitar, drums and a changeable roster of UK guest musicians to whip up an equally compelling version for the 21st century.

Dele Sosimi

Dele Sosimi

“Afrobeat will never die so long as Dele’s around” – Songlines

“Joyous and totally uplifting. The afrobeat legend Dele Sosimi!” –  BBC 6Music

Born in Hackney, East London, but soon to return to his parents’ native Nigeria at the age of four, Dele Sosimi was schooled and raised in Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s shadow at the height of early 70s afrobeat. Having been chosen by Fela to join his band at somewhat of a tender age, he was still a young man when sharing Fela’s Glastonbury stage in 1984, and became Musical Director for both Fela’s Egypt 80 and Femi Kuti’s Positive Force.

After Fela’s passing in 1997, Dele with diligent patience, carved out his own Afrobeat crown. In London, where he now resides, his Afrobeat Vibration all-nighters are charged with his passion, labours and his unrelenting spirit, delivering Fela classics alongside his own compositions from his first two studio albums, Turbulent Times and Identity, his current album You No Fit Touch Am. 

Web – delesosimi.org

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The Schmoozenbergs

Conjuring up the mood of 1930’s Paris, fused with the energy of a campfire jam session, The Schmoozenbergs bring Irresistible rhythms, lyrical melodies and their own little bit of ‘special sauce’ to create a heart-warming, hip-swinging sound.

Two duelling guitars, a violin and a double bass are the ingredients for a sumptuous gypsy swing show…C’est magnifique!

Web – schmusic.co.uk

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Count Bobo

Count Bobo – You’ll recognise the members of this mischievous 6-piece bunch as some of Bristol’s best and busiest musicians. It’s impossible to resist a-shakin’ and a-skankin’ to their choice of vintage ska and rocksteady numbers from the likes of Prince Buster, The Skatallites, Rolande Alphonso and others – all rendered with proper harmony
vocals, gorgeous organ and zealous horns.

Webwww.countbobo.com

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Feelgood Experiment

 

“A super-tight modern R&B group with cosmic jazz leanings” Bristol 24/7

“You guys were awesome” – Robert Glasper

Feelgood Experiment features the best of Bristol’s blossoming music scene combining soul, jazz and R&B to create a truly progressive sound with compelling rhythm and mellifluous harmony doused with liberating improvisation and rich lyrical content.

Winners of 2016’s Love Supreme Discovery Competition, they have already shared stages with Ezra Collective, Oscar Jerome, United Vibrations and Binker and Moses, and are now set to further break into the UK jazz scene with their forthcoming eponymous debut EP.

The first single, “Blue Joy”, produced by Jim Barr (Portishead, Get the Blessing) and mixed by Oli Baldwin (PJ Harvey), was released in September shortly followed by a 7-track self titled EP. 

 

 

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Harare

 

Harare is one of the few groups to be playing Zimbabwean dance music in Europe. Formed by virtuoso marimbist Kuda Matimba (a member of the Zimbabwe’s legendary Bhundu Boys), 4-piece Harare combines different styles from Jit Jive to traditional hypnotic rhythms of the mbira (lamellaphone/thumb piano).

Harare celebrate both the past and the future of African dance music and bring a spectacular mix of Southern African musical styles, particularly the musical styles of Zimbabwe. Their music – sung in the Shone language of Zimbabwe – is about social awareness, life yesterday, today and tomorrow, advice, respect, love for one another and compassion, as the musicians express pain, love, wisdom and rage. Whatever you hope for when you think of Zimbabwean music be sure that Harare has it aplenty: ringing jingling guitars, rich-toned marimba, irresistible dance rhythms, swooping basslines, uplifting vocals … they’re all there, plus the unavoidable big grin that the music always puts on your face.

Web – www.hararemusic.com/

FB – facebook.com/Harare

 

Tezeta

Hoorah! Tezeta, the highly entertaining new project from pianist Dan Inzani (Count Bobo, Mandibles, Bert Miller & The Animal Folk) is based on ‘that wobbly Ethiopian funk music we all love to groove to’, and it features Robbie Burges playing the vibes – surely the coolest sound of all? The 7-piece line-up play sparkling classics from Mulatu Astatke and others as well as original numbers, and there’s Afrobeat, jazz and funk all thrown into the mix.

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Cousin Kula

‘I don’t often say a band will go on to be bigger, because we all know of some great bands that simply just don’t make it, but I’ll take a punt here.’ – Simon Poole BBC Radio 6 (Fresh Faves)

‘Absolutely gorgeous’ – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

Cousin Kula’s kaleidoscopic sound is woven from a myriad of musical genres. Combining flavours of psychedelia, afrobeat and latin with nu jazz, indie-rock and trip-hop the band seamlessly craft a sound that is rooted in world music yet gleams with contemporary freshness. Hailing from Bristol, their explosive high energy performances have built the band a strong local following, playing sold out shows across the city as well as landing main stage festival slots at Shambala and Mosely Folk festivals among others. The band has also gained national radio play from the likes of Bob Harris on BBC 2, and Tom Robinson on BBC 6 music.

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