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Vula Viel

Vula Viel

A welcome return of TalkingGigs and Jazz at the Lescar favourites mixing African, electronica and minimalist influences

Thursday 10th November 2016, doors 7.30pm

Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield


£13/£8 under 23s

Click below to watch Vula Viel's new video - Zine Dondone Zine Daa

TalkingGigs and Jazz at the Lescar are delighted to presenting Vula Viel at the wonderful Yellow Arch Studios in Sheffield.

Gilles Peterson loves them, so does Iggy Pop, and you will too. The incredible Vula Viel (meaning ‘Good is Good’) mix African, electronica and minimalist influences, based about the gyil (Dagaare xylophone made of sacred lliga wood), creating intensely rhythmic music that will engage, enchant and excite your soul.

Since their formation in 2013 the band has delighted audiences with their “joyous, celebratory and explosive” music and received enthusiastic reviews to their debut CD Good is Good! 2 sold outs shows in Sheffield tells its own story … book early!

Vula Viel means Good is Good in Dagaare, the language of the tribe in Upper West Ghana where Bex Burch lived, farmed and studied for three years. Now it is the name of her group featuring the best of London’s young music talent: Dan Nicholls (bass synth/keys), George Crowley (sax), two drummers Simon Roth and Dave De Rose.  Based around the Gyil (the Dagaare xylophone made of sacred lliga wood) Vula Viel released their debut album, ‘Good is Good’ to critical acclaim, and brings the powerful ancient Dagaare music into the 21st century.

Financial Times ★★★★ Songlines ★★★★ Jazzwise ★★★★ London Evening Standard ★★★★

The band have continued to develop their sound, achieving a greater maturity and even deeper integration of the diverse traditions and musics that they love. Central to the Vula Viel sound is the live show, since 2014 they have been getting rooms bouncing to their exuberant mix of African rhythms and minimalist jazz. Currently writing their second album of completely original material, Vula Viel have been hard at work in the studio and they sound like nothing you’ve ever heard before.

Following the Songlines Encounters Festival at King’s Place in London, a summer festivals (including Shambala, Bestival, Marlborough Jazz Festival and Fieldview), they are playing, for the first time, an all new set of music to audiences this autumn, including this gig at the wonderful Yellow Arch, Sheffield.

Note that this will not be a ‘traditional’ TalkingGig featuring music and conversation. However, Bex always tells a range of fascinating tales to give some background to where the music comes from so you’ll still go away satisfied by an evening of brilliant music … and with a little bit more understanding of the music.


Early booking is advised - 2 sold out Sheffield gigs tells its own story!

Vula Viel are Bex Burch (gyil), Dan Nicholls (bass synth/keys), George Crowley (sax), two drummers Simon Roth and Dave De Rose.

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