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Bristol's World Music Gigs

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Bristol's World Scene

Do we need the term World music in 2020?

World music has always been a problematic term, somewhere like Bristol is a key example of why. With 16% of the population being from ethnic minority groups and dedicated centres studying the impact of migration on citizenship, there seems little distinction between ‘local music’ and ‘world music’ anymore. Reggae is often classed as ‘world music’ given its Jamaican roots, but it has a strong UK heritage and for someone who is a 2nd or 3rd generation UK citizen with migrant parents, making music that’s classed as ‘world’ when they’ve never lived anywhere else but say, Bristol, seems an offensive categorisation. Its almost a cliche to say we live in a global society, so isn’t all music now world music?

Everyone knows that Bristol is a true melting pot of cultures and it comes as no surprise that the city has a healthy world music scene which manages to avoid the cliche. The on-trend big names in world music like William Onyeabor, Ebo Taylor or the Kuti family usually find themselves at home in Bristol’s Colston Hall. Occasional headliners can also be found at The Fleece and the Trinity Centre. St George’s hosts regular world music events covering more traditional music from Senegal, Mozambique and South Africa, where instruments like the kora and mbira are commonplace.

Locally, Bristol is home to some very talented ‘world music’ musicians. Afrobeat stalwarts like Mankala and No Stop Go (formerly Bristol Afrobeat Project) play smaller venues like The Canteen and The Old Market Assembly but also get the opportunity to support international bands at larger Bristol venues.

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Featuring local sea shanties, ancient world music, global folk stories, and historical sea farers. Using the layers of a loop station along with live vocals, puppetry and storytelling. Design is centered around junk modelling, using marine detritus to create costume, props and sets with repurposed sails.
Featuring local sea shanties, ancient world music, global folk stories, and historical sea farers. Using the layers of a loop station along with live vocals, puppetry and storytelling. Design is centered around junk modelling, using marine detritus to create costume, props and sets with repurposed sails.
Mobius Loop create gloriously eccentric gypsy folk stories, fusing world music and conscious rap with eruptions of free-form dance charged with an intimately powerful and intense energetic live performance. Mobius Loop are on a mission to raise positive vibrations, projecting an organic co-operative voice for humanist spirituality, vegan philosophy, grassroots philanthropy, true democracy and alchemical magic, in the name of Hemp Redemption and the infinite unknown.
Be surprised at the incredibly musical diversity of two acoustic guitars, with a repertoire that spins a fine thread between classical and jazz, techno and world music.

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The Old Market Assembly
Dele Sosimi Quintet + Folu (DJ)
One of the most important voices of Afrobeat
Amba House / The Sundial Kitchen
Sundial sessions: 3 fab folk acts
Three fabulous Bristol folk artists playing an intimate gig at The Sundial Kitchen, Amba House, BS3 4TU.
Crofters Rights
Brown Excellence 4: Gimme some more
The Brown Excellence party returns to Crofters for their last show of the season
The Hare on the Hill
On the Decks: Sammy Izri
Sammy Izri spins electronic, jazz, afrobeat, house
The Trinity Centre
Dubioza Kolektiv
Bosnian avant-garde dub rock group
All Hallows Hall
Ecstatic Prance
Playful free-form dancing, soup and chatter
Crofters Rights
KUUNATIC
Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
Aesop's, 114 St Mark's Road BS5 6JD
Rory McLeod plays Bristol
Rhythmic Soul-Singer of Stories, tap-dancing, harmonica-playing one-man-rhythmic-dance-band
The Canteen
The Flamenco Thief
Craig Sutton, the Flamenco Thief, plays Spanish acoustic guitar with a loop pedal to blend modern rhythms with time-honored Flamenco techniq
The Cloak and Dagger
Stars and Sails
Explore the sea through songs and stories! Listen to global folk tales and music. Join our quest to protect the oceans.
The Cloak and Dagger
Stars and Sails
Explore the sea through songs and stories! Listen to global folk tales and music. Join our quest to protect the oceans.
The Canteen
Theo Mizú & Banda
Theo Mizú & Banda features a danceable and universal Brazilian-Gypsy fusion repertoire
The Jam Jar
LowKey: Hailu Mergia + Daniel Inzani + DJ set
We are delighted to announce Awesome Tapes From Africa signed Ethio-Jazz legend Hailu Mergia!
Cotham Parish Church: BS6 6DR.
Cotham Club Presents: Bringing us together
The Afro Welsh Connection, Moussa Kouyate, and Bunja Conteh
The Globe
Worm Disco Club in Cardiff!
Our first multi-lineup event ever in Wales!
98 club
The Biggest Afro Caribbean Party | African print
The best in Afrobeats, Dancehall, Amapiano, Soca....
The Attic Bar
TUN UP! ft. LR Groove
Global Vibes For The UK Clubs
Crofters Rights
Worm Soundsystem: with guest Jonny Mintaka
Monthly Worm Disco Club residency. Every last Saturday of the month!
The Lanes
JULIÁN MAYORGA + CONRAD SINGH
Free show, presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
The Lanes
WEMA (!K7) + HIPHOPPAPOTAMUS & MUNKI
Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
La Panza
RWKUS EP LAUNCH
Fire grooves and delectable Italian plates
Lost Horizon
Addison Groove (Tropical Special)
Club Roomtone hosts a Addison Groove for a Cumbia & Afro special down in the Lost Horizon courtyard
Lost Horizon
Worm Disco Club: Leeds Bank Holiday Takeover!
TC & The Groove Family Album launch party +++
The Jam Jar
The Jam Jar Presents: Ghetto Kumbé
Live Electronic Afro-Colombian Power Direct from Bogotá
The Star & Garter, Montpelier
MoreFireSound
Reggae, Roots, Dub, Specials and Dubplates
SouthBank
Sao Joao Brazilian party
Brazilian day/eve party, dance workshops, live band
Cosies
Ruffnek Diskotek ft See No Evil
Soca, Afrobeats, Amapiano, UK Funky, Dancehall and Global Club at this legendary Bristol club night
The Hare on the Hill
On the Decks: The Grey Area
Iranian Psychedelia, Ethiopian Jazz, funky Thai ‘Luk Thung’, Japanese ‘Kayōkyoku’ pop, Algerian Disco and Bollywood burners
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
The Trinity Centre
AfroFest Bristol
Summer Festival and Fashion Exhibition
Lost Horizon
Hotsteppas meets Ashanti Selah 'Shadows' EP Launch
Hotsteppas & Ashanti Selah Celebrate the completion of their first body of music together alongside our musical family.
Crofters Rights
Absolute Body Control Presents: Red Rack'em
All night long session from one of the UK's finest selectors
Unit8 Studios
Unit8 Studios 6th Birthday w/ GALLEGOS
We've been keeping a low profile these past few years but have decided to have a proper party to celebrate our 6th Birthday!
Lost Horizon
A Sunday Service ~ AnExperience X Felt Soundsystem
Come and shake out any stress to all kinds of bits n bobs through the beautifully crafted Felt Sound System!
The Wardrobe Theatre
Tamsin Elliott + Balladeste
Tamsin's accordion recreates the thrill of the casbah whilst her flute and whistle take you on spellbinding, almost mystical, journey.
The Thunderbolt
SongSmith Bristol
Featuring six of Bristol and the South West's finest singer songwriters including QJB, Sharon Lazibyrd, ;Maaike Siegerest and Tim Burroughs
The Loco Klub
June Bugs present Smerin's Anti-Social Club
Enzo Jamie Bego & Nads Big Birthday Bonanza
Lost Horizon
La Bomba with Greg Belson
Gospel soul, funk and disco with LA's Greg Belson
The Jam Jar
YAMA WARASHI
[PRAH RECORDINGS] Presented by Gravy Train.
Dare to Club
Latino Fest Summer Day Party
Latino Fest are bringing they're Latin celebration to Bristol for a very special day party ☀️
Crofters Rights
BLK JKS
Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
The Stable, Bristol
Soma Soma
Soma Soma at the Stable, Bristol
Meridian Studios
Handpan Music - Meridian Live Sessions
Profound musical experience with the sounds of handpan, percussions, voice and wide range of wind instruments in an intimate setting.
The Hare on the Hill
On the Decks: Sammy Izri
Sammy Izri spins electronic, jazz, afrobeat, house
Strange Brew
Worm Gigs: Fulu Miziki - NEW DATE ANNOUNCED!
The one and only Eco-Friendly-Afro-futuristic-Punk-Ensemble group from Kinsasha (Democratic Republic of Congo)!
The Jam Jar
Tropical Tea Party Ft. iZem, Havana Meets Kings...
Lavishly decorated tropical club night ft. Havana Meets Kingston (DJ set), iZem, Hiphoppapotamus & more!
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
The Cube
Jerusalem In My Heart + Farida Amadou
Experimental Levantine electroacoustic grief rituals
The Lansdown
Chai For All
Mazl & Brokhe: Yiddish song
Middlezoy
Pitchfolk
A full weekend of workshops of songs from around the world
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Crofters Rights
CWU Ukraine Benefit Gig, with Talisman/Itinerants
Benefit for the victims of the Ukraine war, with music by Talisman, and Itinerants, as part of the Communication workers Union HUmanitarian
Bristol
Fields Of Fantasy festival - secret location near
Promising three days of blissful hedonism set in an untouched location the festival is proving its intentions.
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Strange Brew
Worm Gigs: Waaju + Majid Bekkas - POSTPONED!
''Spiritual, deep, rich psychedelic music with influences from around the world''
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
The Lanes
DUMA
Presented by Damnatio Memoriae & BLG Promotions.
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Lost Horizon
Charlotte Dos Santos
Norwegian-Brazilian singer makes her Bristol debut!
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
The Jam Jar
N'famady Kouyaté + Support
West African Balafon player with full band.
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month