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AWIL 121 - Raka!

 London’s BEST new Balkans band, Raka, announced their arrival with a bang on THIS A World In London! Click:  Raka was assembled by Ben Pitt less than a year ago, inspired by fellow band member Josh Middleton, of Don Kipper fame. Josh’s skilful and melodic accordion repertoire launched Ben on a journey of musical discovery from Bulgaria to Bosnia, taking his viola for a  soaking in gypsy classics by legends like Ivo Papasov and Esma Redzepova. Raka’s sterling line-up of London musos includes ubiquitous multi-linguistic Slovak vocalist Lori Secanska, Namlo’s Gizem Altinordu on darbuka. percussionist Tim Karp, Lucy Tasker on clarinet, Oysland’s John Macnaughton on sax, violinist Matt Holborn, and Chris Traps on tuba. Together they’re the most thrilling, foot-stomping collective to emerge from our capital and you can see Raka on May 5th at Jamboree!

 ARTIST                                TRACK                                                COUNTRY

Yamato Drummers    Sen-nari                                  Japan

Don Kipper     Di Goldene Khasene              UK/Cyprus/Serbia

Raka               Lenorije Chaje                       UK/Slovakia/Turkey

‘           ‘           Strechko Cocek                       ‘                       ‘

‘           ‘           Mori Shej Sabina                    ‘                       ‘

‘           ‘           Nazlan Todoro                       ‘                       ‘

5/4/17 – AWIL at Res 121  Online:  Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris & Layla Gatens. Also this week, La Linea Latin Music Festival in the spotlight at SOAS Radio! Next week Afrikan Boy @ Resonance & Chico Chica at SOAS.

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