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 125 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!


Friday 19th April, 8pm-1.30am
Live music starts at 9.30pm

Nubiyan Twist

Bossaphonik on Friday April 19th features the mighty Nubiyan Twist - a thrilling 9 piece powerhouse of a band who have risen to become one of the leaders of the UK’s fertile alternative music scene.

Nubiyan Twist originally formed back in 2011 at the Leeds College of Music. They have previously featured twice at Bossaphonik back in 2014 and 2017 and in recent years their music has taken off with the band receiving worldwide exposure. They are a collective of virtuosic players, skilled producers and inspired composers who join forces to create a unique, infectious sound drawing on a wide range of influences including jazz, hip hop, afrobeat, dancehall, soul, reggae and electronic dance music. Their music is played with ultra-tight musicianship in a powerful big band sound which consistently mesmerises audiences.

At this Bossaphonik event, Nubiyan Twist will be in the early stages of a 15-date UK tour showcasing their new 4th album “Find Your Flame,” set for release on May 3rd. It sees the band embark on a fresh musical odyssey with their vibrant sound seamlessly weaving together global grooves, soul and jazz, intwined with tasteful electronics, horn-led melodies and spontaneous improvisation. The heady sun-drenched release is peppered with impressive collaborations including the iconic Nile Rodgers and artists from across the globe including afrobeat royalty Sean Kuti and Malian singer Mamani Keita alongside UK homegrown talent such as corto.alto, Ria Moran, K.O.G. and NEONE the Wonderer. The band also welcomes new Sheffield-based vocalist Aziza Jaye into the forefront of their sound.

Their 2015 self-titled debut album and acclaimed “Jungle Run” in spring 2019 led to their third massive album “Freedom Fables,” released on Strut Records in 2021. The album was heavily playlisted on BBC 6 Music alongside live sessions with Gilles Peterson, Mary Anne Hobbs and Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2, plus their UK TV debut on Later...with Jools Holland. The band have rocked the festival stages of Glastonbury, Wilderness, We Out Here, Womad, Shambala, Love Supreme, Boomtown and Edinburgh Jazz Festival, alongside many festivals and headline tours in Europe.

Praise for the “Freedom Fables” album:
“A cauldron of energy that bubbles with invention. Exhilarating stuff”
Record Collector

“Elevated into the highest tier of their cohort”
Loud & Quiet

“The type of record that should be blasted over a sun-drenched festival crowd”

Check out a video of “Lights Out” from the forthcoming album – a live rendition of the disco infused tune performed at the Leadmill in Sheffield:

Check out the Nubiyan Twist performance on Later… with Jools Holland featuring K.O.G.

Check out some clips from their performance at Glastonbury on the West Holt Stage 2022:

Following on from Nubiyan Twist as ever is a Bossaphonik club session and for this event we have special guest DJ Jokakeli joining us from Helsinki, Finland. A DJ since 2004, his name translates from the Finnish for “any weather” and has at its meaning “music of every climate” – uniting party sounds and rhythms from across the world with the atmosphere of a global dance carnival. He is co-founder of the Helsinki-based monthly Latin/Brazilian “Sabor” events which ran from 2008 and he has DJ’d internationally particularly around Latin America and Europe supporting a wealth of live acts. DJ Jokakeli has made three previous appearances at Bossaphonik and this coming night will be another celebratory occasion on the dancefloor with the sounds of…

Caribbean rhythms * Tropical Flavours * Urban Afro * Electro Cumbia * Balkan Beats * Gypsy Passion * Electro Swing * Groovin’ Sambas and a wealth of Global Beats!!

Friday 19th April
Bossaphonik Presents Nubiyan Twist + DJ Jokakeli
Cowley Workers Social Club, Between Towns Road. OX4 3LZ (Near Templars Square Shopping Centre. Regular buses 1 and 5 from City Centre go up Cowley Road til 3am. Stopping opposite the venue)
8pm – 1:30am, band on at 9:30pm
£18.50 advance + £1.90 booking fee ( / £20 student ID on door / £23 door

Hope to see you there!!


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