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!
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