Raka play traditional music from the Balkans. The name comes from a traditional Bulgarian dance the ‘Raka,’ full of leg kicks, clicking heels and hands held high, the unmistakable groove of a ‘Raka‘ which brings everyone to their feet. The music has a strong focus in the folk traditions of Bulgaria and Macedonia, as well as the Romani music that span far and wide across the Balkans. Raka do not play ‘fusion music’, and neither do they imitate. They bring to life a genuinely authentic repertoire wherever they are, from sweaty back rooms of North London clubs to concert halls on the banks of the Thames. They took the dance as their name as that’s what they love to do best: to move. A heart rending lament can move the body as much as a pounding Bulgarian Pravo, and in Raka they have made space for both, and everything in between.
Have a pre-listen: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSOkX9sPRYM53NlgvmZ0S7Q?view_as=subscriber
“Absolutely magnificent, no one can sit still listening to Raka!” DJ Ritu, A World in London – Resonance FM
We will be running a botanical bar serving drinks and snacks so arrive any time from 6pm to enjoy these with a stroll around the gardens when you can also admire our Gorgeous Gourds exhibition with night-time scented plants for evening pollinators. We have plenty of chairs, but do bring a warm jumper!
To find us, follow the signs in Brockwell park to the Community Greenhouses. We are between the Tennis Courts and the Walled Gardens.