SOAS University of London

Bloomsbury Festival 2013

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Date: 19 October 2013Time: 12:00 PM

Finishes: 19 October 2013Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square Gardens

Type of Event: Festival

SOAS is proud to present the World Music Stage at Russell Square bringing together music from across the globe on one stage.


Hypnotic & healing dance music from Southern Italy

‘U pizzicu’ is the poisonous bite of the tarantula spider: in rural Salento, the traditional exorcism to heal from the bite is to dance relentlessly to the frenetic, hypnotic beat till a state of trance is reached and healing is achieved. This ancient musical expression has now been picked up by a London based group of passionate musicians and dancers: the ever present tambourines are accompanied by a variety of instruments – mandola, guitar, mouth organ, recorder, accordion, castanets, hypnotic singing, and the thumping of dancing feet!


Enchanting excursions into the musical landscapes of Argentina.

This innovative duo of Ninon Valder (French multi-instrumentalist with a love for world-wide folk) and Nicholas ‘Colacho’ Brizuela, an accompished guitarrist and sought after arranger, present music inspired by the rich folk traditions of Argentina and the poetry of Atahualpa Yupanqui, mixing up folk with jazz and tango with classical.


A musical feast from the Mediterranean, Balkans and beyond

Delicatessen offer a mouth-watering musical menu from across Europe and the Mediterranean. Combining sumptuous vocal harmonies, heart-stopping melodies and driving rhythms, their aim is to delight their audiences with a musical feast from East and West.


Zambian afro-folk: evocative, lyrical and refreshing

Namvula’s songs are inspired by life - by its beauty and ugliness, its tenderness and cruelty, and the power of the stories that it holds, both simple and complex. Namvula draws heavily on her Zambian heritage as well as referencing her Scottish roots and life in the diaspora, to produce an intoxicating and unique blend of uplifting global sounds.


From Istanbul to Smyrna via London

Çiğdem Aslan is an Istanbul-born singer who sings in many languages and regional styles. She brings an authentic voice and exquisite styling to the poignant songs associated with the Greek and Turkish diasporas, born out of hardship yet full of resilience and with a devil-may-care attitude this repertoire shares the music, lyrics and sentiments of rembetiko and Western Turkish styles; a heritage belonging to both communities.


New purveyors of explosive afro-fusion

Formed in 2011, Fofoulah is a relative newcomer on the colourful London Afro scene, but has already been making big waves with their original sound, mixing Senegalese voices and West African rhythms with dub basslines, sci-fi synths, raw guitars and intense grooves.

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