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 7th APRIL @ THE CELLAR
Kongo Dia Ntotila are a journey through the musical motherland with the sound of the Congolese seben guitar alongside horns reminiscent of the golden age of rumba to induce excessive dancefloor heat. “More fire!”
Led by Mulele Matondo of Democratic Republic of Congo on bass guitar and compositions, the recently relaunched band are a true fusion of jazz with Central African roots music. They collectively punch out the favourite rhythms that rock the region's dancefloors – rumba, soukous, zouk, and sakade and they have recently reformed and expanded their sound by adding a small but mighty horn section of trumpet and sax, bringing the brass to the forefront of the musical conversation.
Material from their debut LP “Seben steps to heaven” (2012) is reinterpreted alongside new material which draws on jazz, reggae, Afrobeat and more in a refreshing and unforced fusion with the classic Central African sounds.
“Wherever they go they bring a raucously joyful party with them” Max Reinhardt, BBC Introducing 2016.
Check out vids of the band here and here.
Following Kongo Dia Ntotila is Bossaphonik resident DJ Dan Ofer keeping the dancefloor heat going with Central African Soukous * Afrobeat * Highlife * Latin Jazz * Brazilica * Latin hip hop * Cumbia * Middle Eastern delights * Balkan Beats * Klezmer * Soul Jazz * Electro Swing * Nu Jazz Bizniz!
Venue: The Cellar (Frewin Court, off Cornmarket behind 'Lush')
Band: Konga dia Ntotila
DJs: Resident DJ Dan Ofer
Date: Friday 7th April
Times: 10pm – 3am, band on at 11pm
Price: £7 advance + 70p booking fee / £8 on the door
Hope to see ya there!
Friday 5th MAY @ THE CELLAR
All original Latin-jazz-soul-bugalu band formed back in 1997, have regularly spread their hip UK sound nationwide including The Jazz Cafe. Collaborations
include king of Latin-soul, Joe Bataan and they have been championed by taste-making DJs Gilles Peterson, Craig Charles, Snowboy and Louie Vega (Masters At Work).
Friday 19th MAY @ THE BULLINGDON
Fusing Congolese soukous and Afro-Cuban music uniting two great musics of the world in a modern-day cocktail. The 9 piece are a unique, exuberant explosion of sound fronted by Congolese singers Eugene Makuta and Iddo Donnatella who are true performers with outlandish dancing- they have to be seen to be believed! The band are winners of the Lucas UK award for tropical act of the year 2016/17.
Friday 2nd JUNE@ THE CELLAR
Poet, novelist, lecturer and of course, musician, Anthony Joseph's recent 6th LP “Caribbean Roots” has been described as “a charged mash up of Caribbean polyrhythms, martial funk and militant Afrobeat.” He attempts to unite the islands of the Caribbean into a single entity through his hypnotic, raptuous spoken word backed by band members of Salif Keita, Sons of Kemet, The Comet is Coming & Magma.
Friday 7th JULY @ THE CELLAR
A groovy and refreshing retelling of songs from the Middle East, the Balkans and beyond. The 7 piece superband weave a tapestry of delicate Arabic melodies, mesmerising Turkish and Greek rhythms, punchy Balkan horns, vocal harmonies and floor-shaking basslines. Wild and atmospheric. Opa!
Brighton-based 10 piece Lakuta bring a dancefloor-heavy treat of funk, soul, Afrobeat and tropical influences, fronted by Kenyan-Tanzanian Siggi Mwasote and featuring a multi-cultural line up from Ghana, Malaysia, Spain and The UK. Now signed to renowned Tru Thoughts, recent LP “Brothers and Sisters” was received as a sure-fire hit.
Friday 4rd AUGUST @ THE CELLAR
A potent cocktail of gypsy sounds with a dash of klezmer, a twist of rock n roll and vaudeville swing. Led by the intriguing charisma of violinist/vocalist Phillip Granell backed by fierce players on double bass, accordion, clarinet, guitar and drums.