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 1st September

The Autumn season of Bossaphonik kicks off on Friday 1st September at The Cellar and we'll be welcoming touring French band “Vaudou Game” and their hot Togolese funk!

The Lyon-based 6 piece are led by Togo-born Peter Solo on vocals and guitar, he's backed by horns, keys, bass and drums and they've been rocking festivals and clubs all over Europe for the last few years. The word “vaudou” refers to voodoo spiritual practices in various West African ethnicities. The band use scales taken from voodoo music for a sound that incorporates tradition with modern instruments and songs sung in honour of sacred divinities.

Band leader Peter Solo also takes a large influence from Afro-American funk and rhythm n blues - artists such as James Brown, Otis Redding and Wilson Picket. He manages to marry these sounds with his vaudou roots and the result is pure spriritual dancefloor dynamite! Vaudou Game keep the vaudou Afro-funk flag flying high in the tradition of seminal acts such as L'Orchestra Poly Rhythmo and El Rigo.

Check out Vaudou Game tunes on their soundcloud site.

Following on from Vaudou Game is Bossaphonik DJ Dan Ofer as ever keeping the dancefloor happy for the rest of the night til 3am with Afro Dance * Afrobeat * Highlife * Soukous * Latin Jazz * Brazilica * Cumbia * Latin Hip Hop * Balkan Bangers * Klezmer * Middle Eastern delights * Soul Jazz * Electro-Swing * Nu Jazz Bizniz!

Night: Bossaphonik
Venue: The Cellar (Frewin Court, Cornmarket St, behind “Lush”
Band: Vaudou Game
DJs: Bossaphonik DJ Dan Ofer
Date: Friday 1st September
Times: 10pm – 3am, band on at 11pm
Price: £7 + 70p booking fee advance (beat the queue!) / £9 on door

Hope you can make it!!!

Friday 15th September

@ The Bullingdon

Birmingham's mighty renowned 12 piece of all things Balkan, Gypsy and Celtic folk... “Out of the inane cavelcade of Balkan Gypsy sound-a-likes comes a blow-your-mind original..minimum pretence and maximum style” (Songlines Magazine)

Friday 6th October
@ The Cellar

Bossaphonik 13th anniversary double bill!

Oxford's own darlings of blues, ska, reggae and funk with some Americana thrown in. A strong rhythmic backbone with delicious vocal harmonies.

Spirited 8 piece brass band drawing on the traditions of New Orleans with raucous revelry. Galloping Gypsy czardas, soulful jazz, pumping bass driven funk and some tasteful covers bring an eclectic live show bursting with ideas and infectious energy.

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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Madness of King Georgesqueezin' the klezmer


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Brassroots in full swing

fun lovin' fandangoists

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flaunting flautist!

Inemo Samiama from
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bossa crowd