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Bristol's World Music Gigs

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Bristol's World Scene

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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The Canteen
Afla Sackey & Afrik Bawantu
Get ready for a fiery blend of African and Latin rhythms, roaring brass, funky bass and a psychedelic accordion!!
Prjkts ☰ Ngaio + Prjkts Allstars
Ngaio brings a special selection to cosies supported by the Prjkts gang. What a worldy!
Jus' Begun - Midsummer fundraiser for TEMWA
Afrobeat/Latin/Funk/Reggae fundraiser clubnight for Temwa Charity
The Canteen
Freesoul Familia: Dos Hermanos
This Sunday evening their stripping it down with the exceptional voice of front woman Dee Gomez and guitarist Jerome Gamble. Next level vibe
Fringe Jazz
Groovy Hammond and Guitar type things with a brilliant Saxophonist up front.
C.W. Stoneking
C.W. Stoneking performs at Thekla
The Canteen
Ibou Tall & Jazzmates
Dazzlingly impressive Senegalese jazz pianist Ibou Tall starts from the classic sounds of piano standards, though there’s no denying his Afr
The Attic Bar
Equiknoxx ft Shanique Marie (Live)
TUN UP! Ft. Equiknoxx w/ Shanique Marie (Live)
Camo Clave
6 piece Live Tropical band with a lot of Bass
Ata Kak W/ Kinlaw, Sunun + Chukwudi
Colston Hall X Satsumas present Awesome Tapes From Africa's Ata Kak W/ Kinlaw, Sunun + Chukwudi
Hamilton House
Cecilia Ndhlovu with Bulawayo
An evening of wondrous Zimbabwean music as a fundraiser for the Budiriro Trust
The Plough
Easton Standard Time
John Stapleton & Steve Rice playing vintage vinyl soul, reggae and more...
Fringe Jazz
Afro-Senegalese rhythms and melodies blended with Jazz
The Attic Bar
Ramp-Up presents the Carnival weekend
Ramp-Up presents the Carnival weekend Natty Dub takeover!
Jus' Begun presents Analog Africa
Return of label boss Samy Ben Redjeb plus John Stapleton
Perfectly Blended genres from around the World
Kalakuta Karnival!
Presented by the Area Boys and Hi Life Hi Fi
No.1 Harbourside
Mustard Brass Band
New orleans style brass band with a bristol twist featuring Jimbino Vegan’s Tuba
Hen and Chicken
Help raise money to support Keith Tippett whilst he recovers from a heart attack.
Hans Chew
Hans Chew performs at Thekla
Folk At The New Room
Daniel & Emma Reid - Sax and Fiddle.
Beautifully lyrical folk music from Scandinavia and the British Isles
The Globo Collective
All the way from Valencia
Fringe Jazz
Featuring the internationally renowned saxophonist PAUL DUNMALL
Hy-Brasil Music Club
Monsoon Season
A free party that explores the sounds & grooves of the eastern hemisphere
Basement 45
Code Of The Streets
Bristol's popular night out Code of the Streets delivery it's next event of the year with the 'SUMMER EDITION'
Basement 45
Zero Funks Given
Pure funky grooves crossing different genres
Fringe Jazz
Ex Gong violinist with his brilliant jazz quartet
Bristol Folk House
Pierre Bensusan
Described by the L.A. Times as "one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today",
Crofters Rights
Stay Put w/ MR BONGO at Crofters Rights
Mr Bongo records join Stay Put to bring their global sounds Bristol
The Attic Bar
Mike Love + cLuMsY
Roots rock reggae fresh from Oahu, Hawaii
The Love Inn
Midnight Shift 00|03 w/ Donna Leake
Clock out from the daily grind and clock in to the Midnight Shift where letting loose and getting down is all part of the job.
Crofters Rights
The Grey Area presents: Brushy One String
Honest and heartfelt music from Jamaica played on a 1 string guitar
Darlingside perform at Thekla
Rising Appalachia
Rising Appalachia perform at Thekla
The Volunteer Tavern
Monsoon Season Yard Party
An outdoor free party that explores the sounds & grooves of the eastern hemisphere
Bristol Folk House
Rory McLeod
Rhythmic storyteller, multi-instrumentalist,…telling unpalatable truths about broken hearts…social injustice…in songs, that are
Crofters Rights
Tony Allen X Amp Fiddler
A riotous exploration of electronic funk, Afrobeat and relentless groove
Imarhan perform at Thekla
The Cube
Cinema of the Imagination: The King & the Corpse
Crick Crack Club performance storytelling brings its wild haven of fairytales for grown-ups , myth & epic to the Cube!
The Passenger Shed
Rockabilly Night Live
Crofters Rights
Naxatras [GRC] // More TBA
Greece's notorious hard psychedelic rock band, Naxatras finally grace Snuff Lane for a rare Bristol performance!
Ezra Collective
Ezra Collective perform at Thekla
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 perform at Thekla
The Cube
Cinema of the Imagination: Gilgamesh
Crick Crack Club performance storytelling brings its wild haven of fairytales for grown-ups, myth & epic at the Cube.
Lucero perform at Thekla