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 second Friday of the month. 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 3rd MARCH @ THE CELLAR
A Brixton institution of Afrobeat, funk and psychedelic highlife since 2006. Their funky Afro-fusion has rocked Womad and The Jazz Cafe and they have featured in privileged support slots for Afrobeat royalty Seun Kuti and Ebo Taylor and RnB diva Jocelyn Brown.
Saturday 17th MARCH @ THE BULLINGDON
Dub, jazz, hip hop and Afrobeat 12 piece collective from Leeds, London and Oxford boasting a powerful 5-part horn section, 4-part vocal harmonies, turntablist scratches and electronics. They cite key influences as Fela Kuti, King Tubby, J Dilla and Herbie Hancock.
Friday 7th APRIL @ THE CELLAR
Mulele Matondo from Kinshasa, DR Congo has reinvented his band which combines the joyous sounds that rock
Central Africa's dancefloors – rumba, soukous and zouk and with a new Afro-jazz ingredient. A nimble horn section sits inside classic rumba finger picked guitar and scorching Congolese beats. “MORE FIRE!”
Fri 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).
Fri 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!Friday 21st JULY @ THE BULLINGDON
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.