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Vula Viel


We’ve been following these guys for a while and it’s with great pleasure that we have the opportunity to host forward-thinking trio Vula Viel at the rose hill.

Celebrating the release of their new album, ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ on 25th January 2019, and continuing their unique musical journey centred around the Gyil (Ghanaian xylophone) this gig will be one to remember.

The band’s new set confidently weaves sparse polyrhythms and intricate rhythm structures around bandleader Bex Burch’s Gyil lines and take the instrument’s sound into new territory, with bassist Ruth Goller (Acoustic Ladyland, Melt Yourself Down, Rokia Traore) and drummer Jim Hart (Cloudmakers, Ralph Alessi, Electric Biddle) introducing a rough, post-punk edge to the band’s sound.

All About Jazz ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Evening Standard - Album of the week ⭐⭐⭐⭐ "punchy, danceable... Vibe-tastic"

Guardian - "Geometric African minimalism... Goller’s fuzz bass adds a thrilling post-punk edge to proceedings."

Sunday Times - Essential Release: "Unconventional band who can take you by surprise... There's a punk energy to some of the more frenetic performances"

Songlines: "Fearless.. Vula Viel are a live sensation."

Rhythm Passport:  "Vula Viel are a blessing for a music scene like the London one, obsessed with coolness and what being cool implies. They simply play what they like, how they like it. Paraphrasing the title of their album, they’re not afraid, ... dancier and captivating.... a unique music experience."

Zakia (NTS) "“Best gig I’ve been to in a long time! An intoxicating blend of punk bass fuzz, polyrhythmic jazz drummming & soul-stirring traditional melodies beaten with joy on the gyil... Not to be missed!”

£8 advance tickets from HERE

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7.30pm - 11.00pm