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RAKA @ Balabam

  • Balabam 58-60 High Road N15 6JU United Kingdom (map)

We are going to be making our debut performance at Balabam! So excited to be playing on one of Londons newest world music venues! expect heavy Balkan grooves, fast melodies and a very hot venue! Leave your coat at the door and have a knees up with RAKA ! 

RAKA are an exciting 9 piece Balkan collective who bring you a heavy dose of upbeat Balkan music destined to drag you from your seats. Focusing deeply on the traditional folk music of Bulgaria and Macedonia, they also bring varied styles from the Romani communities of Eastern Europe. They have created a program of unheard and interesting repertoire fused together with new energetic arrangements promised to create a vibrant and exciting atmosphere.

TalkingDRUM are a vibrant world percussion group who perform exhilarating rhythmical roots music from Africa, Brazil and Cuba.

Feel the power of the ancient vocal melodies and the heavy traditional grooves they perform, and you'll realise why this music has survived for generations. Until you've heard drumming like this up close you won't realise quite how deeply it can move you.

The band, led by Laurence Hill, have been exploring the folkloric music of Accra, Boké, Havana, Recife and Rio de Janeiro since 2011. The kpanlogo, djembe, conga, maracatu and samba music they perform all share a common musical heritage from the ancient beating heart of Africa.

The group offers a wide range of high level expertise, from breath-taking and energetic performances to authentic and engaging drumming workshops to expertly informed music lectures for all levels.

Free before 9pm!

£5 after 9pm.

Earlier Event: February 17
RAKA Quartet @ Cafe Cairo
Later Event: March 9
RAKA @ Jam in a Jar