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 7th JULY @ THE CELLAR

Happy summer folks!

So we're back at The Cellar on Friday 7th July and massively excited to host the Middle-Eastern and Balkan treat of “Tashkezar” for the first time.

Tashkezar present a groovy and refreshing retelling of classics, lesser known gems and original music from the Arabian Middle-East, from Turkey and Greece and from the Balkans. They are a 7-piece super-band with members from Egypt, Uzbekistan, France and the UK. Their transcultural vibes and explosive fusion sound takes in powerful Mediterranean rhythms, mesmerising Arabic vocals and melodies, punchy Balkan horns and floor-shaking basslines. Be ready to dance. Opa!

The band will take us on a mellifluous ride with their line-up of lead female and male vocals, violin, Greek bouzouki, trombone, electric bass with darbuka and cajon percussion. Their debut EP “Tannura” has been aired on BBC6 music and their previous gigs include the Cairo Jazz Club, Brixton Hootennany and Small World Theatre with a festival calender booked up for this summer including Boomtown Fair.

Check out their EP “Tannura” on the band's bandcamp page.

And check out vids here and here.

Following on from Tashkezar is Bossaphonik DJ Dan Ofer as ever keeping the dancefloor smiling for the rest of the night til 3am with more Middle Eastern Delights * Balkan Bangers * Klezmer * Afrobeat * Highlife * Soukous * Latin Jazz * Brazilica * Cumbia * Latin Hip Hop * Electro Swing * Soul Jazz * Nu Jazz Bizniz!

Night: Bossaphonik
Venue: The Cellar, Frewin Court, off Cornmarket St
Band: Tashkezar
DJs: Dan Ofer
Date: Friday 7th July
Times: 10pm – 3am, band on at 11pm
Price: £7 + 70p booking fee advance / £9 on the door

Hope you can make it!!!



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.


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.



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