SOAS University of London

SOAS World Music stage journeys to the East and beyond at Bloomsbury Festival

14 October 2013

This year, the SOAS World Music stage at Bloomsbury Festival is host to a range of international artists from South and Eastern Europe, East Asia, Africa and South America.

The Bloomsbury Festival, taking place from 15 – 20 October, is a free celebration that draws 50,000 people to London’s most inspiring cultural quarter. With a theme of vitality, this year’s festival is a journey of discovery for mind, body and imagination.

As in previous years of participating in the festival, SOAS will once again be the heart of the global music scene in central London during the festival.

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The line-up, which will be introduced by DJ Ritu on both Saturday and Sunday, includes Delicatessen, a musical feast from the Mediterranean, Balkans and beyond; Namvula, Zambian afro-folk artist whose songs are described as evocative, lyrical and with refreshing honesty; Fofoulah, a newcomer on the colourful London Afro scene who has been making big waves with their original sound; Goshawk, where English Folk meets Siberian roots and Sarabanda, Cuban salsa with a serious groove!

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Cigdem Aslan

SOAS will also have tent located next to the stage in Russell Square manned by the Student Ambassadors, who will be able to engage with the public about SOAS.

Director of SOAS Professor Paul Webley said: “We are delighted to be hosting the World Stage this year at Bloomsbury Festival. SOAS is the largest and leading centre in Europe for the study of World Music so it’s fantastic to be able to share our expertise with this great celebration of diversity, creativity and vitality in London.”

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Goshawk Radik Tulush

Performances will be taking place on 19 & 20 October – view the line-up: 19 October and 20 October.