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 over 100 different 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 and 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 jazz dance and global beats till the early hours!


Cowley Worker's Social Club

Between Towns Road, OX4 3LZ

Friday 20th December, 9pm-2am
Live band on at 10pm

Workshop for musicians at 4pm

For Decembers seasonal Bossaphonik celebration we welcome back a firm favourite of ours, the man regarded as UK afrobeat ambassador and his 8 piece band - Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra.

Dele Sosimi at the tender age of 16 joined West Africa's biggest musical sensation of the time in 1979 - Fela Kuti and Egypt 80. Fela Kuti was a social and political force credited with introducing black power ideology to West Africa and exposing governmental corruption in his music, risking his life for the cause of liberation of the Nigerian people. He did this through his musical creation - afrobeat music - a polyrhythmic fusion of highlife, funk and jazz, an irresistibly soulful big band party music.

Dele Sosimi became musical arranger for The Egypt 80 during Fela's incarceration in 1984. In 1986 he and Fela's son Femi Kuti formed The Positive Force band of which Dele was bandleader and musical arranger. In 1995 Dele resettled in London and soon found the right musicians to lead his own afrobeat orchestra. 3 LPs have been released by the band giving afrobeat lovingly virtuoso treatment. We look forward with relish to the current incarnation of the band and its fiery percussion, grooving bass lines, funky rhythm guitars and blazing horns!

Check Dele's website to learn more and hear tunes.

** Dele Sosimi and members of his band will be offering an afrobeat music workshop to local musicians. Come along at 4pm to the venue.**

On this night we also have a very special guest DJ Max Reinhardt, who co-hosts BBC Radio 3 show Late Junction. Max has also hosted innovative club nights in the UK and internationally such as The Shrine and was also a columnist for the legendary Straight No Chaser Magazine.

Following the gig he is joined by DJ Bossaphonik Dan for a club session of Afro * Latin * Dub * Jazz * Global Beats feast!

Bossaphonik presents Dele Sosimi + Guest DJ Max Reinhardt

Cowley Workers Social Club, Between Towns Road, Oxford OX4 3LZ

9pm - 2am, band starts at 10pm.
Tickets £8 advance ( / £10 on the door



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