Bossaphonik is firmly established as Oxford's hub for live jazz-dance and world-dance.

Established in October 2004 by Dan Ofer and Gil Karpas, it has blossomed into a celebratory night and has played host to 100 great bands.

It has become something of a movement and community of people passionate about quality of live music, and of course, dancing the night away.

So come on down to The Cellar on any first Friday of the month and The Bullingdon on alternate months. Chill with your friends for the first hour while the DJs play nourishing music for the mind and soul, experience the energy of a wicked live band, then dance your socks off to the most tasteful global beats till the early hours!


Friday 6th October
@ The Cellar


Live Music starts at 10.30pm

So on Fri Oct 6th we'll be celebrating this remarkable happening – Bossaphonik is now a TEENAGER! Phew – 13 years of live global beats nights in Oxford! So we couldn't not celebrate in style right? Course not – that's why we've got a DOUBLE BILL of exciting and very different live acts on the menu:

BRASS FUNKEYS are part of a renaissance of young funk-based brass bands that are emerging in the UK. With raucous revelry, they draw on the traditions of New Orleans – soulful jazz, pumping bass-driven funk, galloping Gypsy czardas and some well chosen tasteful brassed-up covers. Their eclectic live shows are bursting with ideas and infectious energy.

Currently promoting brand new second LP “Rabble Rouser,” they have previously blown away crowds at Glastonbury, Boomtown, Bestival, Ronnie Scotts, and Rich Mix and have supported the likes of Hot 8 Brass Band and The Dirty Dozen.

Check out their website to watch vids and hear their albums.

In suport we have Oxford's very own PAPA NUI – darlings of funk, blues, ska and reggae with some bluegrass thrown in. Very active on the local scene, they feature Dave Noble of Natureboy on guitar and vocals alongside ex-members of Alamakota and harmonica virtuoso Matt Morton. For this special Bossaphonik gig they are adding a full horn section alongside their trademark rhythmic backbone and simply delicious vocal harmonies.

Check out their facebook page to see vids.

Helen Messenger Photography

Following on from the bands is Bossaphonik DJ Dan Ofer as ever keeping the dancefloor joyous for the rest of the night til 3am with Soul-Jazz * Brass Band Bangers * Electro-Swing * Afrobeat * Highlife * Soukous * Latin Jazz * Brazilica * Cumbia * Latin Hip Hop * Gypsy Beats * Balkan Bangers * Arabian Fusion * Nu Jazz Bizniz!

Night: Bossaphonik 13th anniversary
Venue: The Cellar, Frewin Court, off Cornmarket St.
Bands: The Brass Funkeys + Papa Nui
DJs: Dan Ofer
Date: Friday 6th October
Times: 10pm – 3am. First band on at 10:30pm
Price: £7 + 70p booking fee advance / £9 on the door

Hope to see ya there!!!


Friday 3rd November
@ The Cellar

Taking a farewell tour after 13 years of bringing their joyous reinvention of global brass street music to the world. The 10 piece Edinburgh institution's thrilling shows take in a hefty dose of Balkan brass, New Orleans style grooves and a twist of Latin carnival with their trademark love of the theatrical and a rogueish sense of humour.


Friday 1st December
@ The Cellar

Contagious horn-driven ska and reggae from these young mischiefs from London. Their refreshing take on the vintage Jamaican sound has won them friends worldwide including a collaboration with reggae legend Toots Hibbert of Toots and The Maytals on their most recent LP.


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fun lovin' fandangoists

Balkan Mayhem - The Destroyers

flaunting flautist!

Inemo Samiama from
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bossa crowd