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 17th November

Bukky Leo and Black Egypt
Friday 17th November @ The Bullingdon Bukky Leo hails from Lagos, Nigeria and was spotted as a young sax player by the original Afrobeat music founders – Fela Kuti and Tony Allen, and played regularly in their bands.

We've had the likes of Dele Sosimi making many Bossaphonik appearences, here is another UK based Afro-Centric legend who was part of West Africa's biggest musical-political happenings of the late 20th Century. He'll be spoiling us at The Bullingdon on Fri 17th with a virtuosic 8 piece band.

Original Afrobeat is a fusionary genre that takes in traditional West African highlife mixed with funk and jazz to produce a richly polyrhythmic music. Pioneered by Fela Kuti and drummer Tony Allen in the late 1960s – it was also a political and cultural movement aimed at exposing government corruption, rejection of colonialist-elitist values and bringing in black power ideology to West Africa.

Bukky Leo's music moved in a new direction when he arrived in London in the early 80s. He became a pivotol figure in the UK Acid Jazz scene, signed to Giles Peterson's Acid Jazz label itself. His seminal release "Rejoice in Righteousness" went to number 1 in the rhythm n blues, jazz and dance charts.

Since those days, Bukky has remained loyal to his goal of making groundbreaking Afro-centric grooves. His current band "Black Egypt" have emerged as one of the significant Afrobeat groups outside of Nigeria. They regularly tour internationally and often perfrorm at Camden's Jazz Cafe. He also currently collaborates with Roy Ayres, Tony Allen's Big Band and the African Jazz Allstars. We're super excited to aniticipate his band's joyous horns, punchy keys (from Lokkhi Terra meastro Kishon Khan), intricate percussion, inter-locking guitars and sparkling beats. "Everyone say yeh yeh!"

Bukky Leo

Following the band is Bossaphonik guest DJ Giles Strother (DJ Badger) spinning Afrobeat * Afro-Funk * Soukous * Latin jazz * Brazilica * Cumbia * Dancefloor Jazz * Electro Swing * Nu Jazz Bizniz.

Night: Bossaphonik
Venue: The Bullingdon
Band: Bukky Leo & Black Egypt
DJ: Giles Strother
Times: 11:30pm – 3am, band on at midnight
Price: £9 advance / £12 door

Hope you can make it!!


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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Dele Sosimi
Dele Sosimi

Madness of King Georgesqueezin' the klezmer


Azhar Saffar - Sirius B

Brassroots in full swing

fun lovin' fandangoists

Balkan Mayhem - The Destroyers

flaunting flautist!

Inemo Samiama from
The London Afrobeat Collective

Bossa Crowd
bossa crowd