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 80 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 second Friday of the month. Chill with your friends for the first hour while the DJs play nourishing music for the mind and soul. Then experience the energy of a wicked live band, then dance your socks off to the most tasteful global beats till the early hours!
The Baghdaddies are Balkan legends from Tyneside who are now on their 20th anniversary tour of the UK. Their shows are an exhilarating and exuberant cocktail of Balkan melodies, ska and Latin grooves with sizzling horns. This is all played with furious energy and theatrical humor making them an unforgettable live experience.
“The band have a particular flair for the Balkans and capture its frenetic energy and flamboyance wonderfully. Their is also a fair share of klezmer, jazz, ska and punk – an anarchic fusion where Ivo Papasov meets The Clash meets The Beat.”
To learn more and watch vids check out the Baghdaddie's website.
In support on the night is local accordionist talent Faith with husband Branko who is one of the highest rated Serbian Roma violinists in Europe. They play in a 5 piece band of viruosic spirited Gypsy rhumbas, fiery ‘kolos,’ joyous swing and passionate jazz improvisation. They have toured Europe and Australia and earlier this year released their debut LP ‘Gypsy Lover’ (released on World Music Network/ Riverboat Records) which has reached number 11 in the EU world music charts this August.
“Quite remarkable musicians”
(Stephen Fry, BBC World Service)
“As for the music itself: well, wild is probalby the closest word that sums it up… and so it goes on, each track more intense than the last, apart from a few obligatory tortured torch songs, all of which will break your heart and make you cry.”
Cyclic Defrost review, Lach Walter, Australia
To hear their story in full and watch vids check out the Faith i Branko website.
Following on from the bands is Bossaphonik resident DJ Dan Ofer spinning gypsy beats * Balkan bangers * Afrobeat * highlife * soukous * Latin jazz * samba * cumbia * Latin hip hop * Middle Eastern delights * global grooves galore * soul jazz * electro swing * nu-jazz bizniz!
Night: Bossaphonik 12th Anniversary
Venue: The Cellar (Frewin Court, off Cornmarket behind Lush)
Bands: The Baghdaddies + Faith i Branko
DJ: Bossaphonik resident Dan Ofer
Times: 10pm-3am - first band on at 10.30pm
Price: £8 adv / £10 on door
Pan-Atlantic brass band that harks back to the big band sound of 1960s Latin America via the back streets of New Orleans. The infectious, maverick and irresistibly swinging music of the 12 strong ensemble will take us through a euphoric ride thtrough Colombian cumbia, Cuban comparsa, New Orleans jazz, Mississippi blues, Nigerian Afrobeat, Jamaican ska and Ghanaian highlife.
Nii is a composer, master percussionist, kit drummer, balafon player (African marimba) and choreographer from Accra, Ghana. He is percussionist with international Afro-pop-fusion sensation Osibisa as well as Afro-Celtic band Baka Beyond. For this very special show he will be leading his own 13 piece Afro-funk orchestra which includes African dancers in a multi-cultural line up of stellar musicians who play in bands with the likes of Roy Ayres, Jamiroquai, Amy Winehouse, George Harrison and UB40.
Original favourites at Bossaphonik back in 2004/2005 have happily regrouped and ready to spread their Brazilian joy of samba and bossa nova classics with Brazilian jazz and many new original tunes. Fronted by Brazilian singer Marian Magnavita, the 7 piece includes band members from Jamiroquai, Lilly Allen and Camo Emerald.
Start the new year as you mean to go on....come dance the night away to a Bossaphonik pure DJ night as DJ Dan Ofer and guest DJ Si (Kwassa Kwassa) spin the most tasteful jazz-dance and global beats.
A whirlwind of energy and one of the most exhilarating acts to have graced the Bossaphonik stage, the band play West African based grooves via Sheffield with hip hop attitude! Led by Kweku Sackey on vocals and steel pan, this Afro-fusion 9 piece play explosive Afro-soul, hip hop, Afro-funk and reggae.
A unique sound the band have termed "sun drenched, soulful Afro-folk," brought through an unusual line up of cello and clarinet backed by a hip-shaking rhythm section. Towering vocal harmonies and West African fingerstyle guitar sit inside the band's re-invention of vintage influences such as highlife, Afrobeat, roots reggae and delta blues.