The World Ceilidh each year plays host to an unmatched range of diverse sounds, cultures and peoples coming together from all far corners of the world to meet in the hills of Galloway and take on a new musical journey together. This year the party promises to be bigger than ever and we take a look at just a couple of the incredible acts making the voyage to celebrate with us at Knockengorroch…
A colourful range of widely-respected musicians hailing from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean makes up the unique, exciting and simply brilliant Family Atlantica. We are lucky enough to be able to welcome this tremendous ensemble to the Bo-Airigh Stage in the uplands of South West Scotland for our 2016 World Ceilidh festivities.
Much loved producer and multi-instrumentalist, London born Jack Yglesias leads this explosive ensemble, tying together musical influences spanning genres such as psychedelic highlife, steel- pan Ethio-funk, calypso, equatorial jazz and underpinned by strong afro-Atlantic dance rhythms and percussion.
The incredible contemporary outfit are simultaneously fronted by hugely celebrated Venezuelan vocalist Luzmira Zerpa, a uniquely special talent many recognise through her now legendary work with Manu Chao. The female lead is a traditional South American poet, musician and singer who has worked with many acclaimed world acts throughout her career. The third piece of this innovative multi-national group is the renowned half Nigerian-half Ghanaian percussionist, vocalist and arranger Kwame ‘Natural Power’ Crentsil.
This trio, combined with a varied ensemble of different guest musicians, take audiences on a magical journey through their unique fusion of influences, cultures and sounds travelling to the Scottish hills from both sides of the Atlantic and far beyond. The group have worked with some of the world’s finest, most ground-breaking musicians, Ethiopian jazz master Mulatu Astatke, Senegalese singer Nuru Kane, The Sun Ra Arkestra’s bandleader Marshall Allen just to name a few.
Join the group on a one-off journey flowing from across the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the glittering Waters of Deugh this May at Knockengorroch Festival.
Also making a very different, unique and complex journey from the far reaches of the globe to be with us at the World Ceilidh this year is the internationally-acclaimed shamstep, electro-mijwez, choubi band outfit, 47SOUL.
The inventive and undeniably individual group is made up of members rooted in Bilad Al-Sham, spanning the historical divides from Amman to the Galilee and the Golan Heights to Ramallah. The 4 inspired musicians overcame unimaginable physical barriers and logistical challenges to come together to play their unique brand of Palestinian electronic street music. Now celebrated globally, the band blend diverse influences, mixing Arabic sounds from Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan together with more modern urban instrumentation to create their distinctive new wave of world music.
47SOUL are a group with a strong purpose, speaking on topics of freedom of movement through their music and doing all they can to break down barriers and spread their sounds and experiences as far and wide as possible. The band’s extraordinary brand of contemporary Arabic music has indeed made waves across the continents, with the group more recently basing themselves between Jordan and the UK and travelling internationally for shows the year round.
We can expect a hard-hitting uplifting blend of analogue synths, banging drum machines, emotive guitar riffs and a trippy mixture of English and Arabic verses from the four singers, taking us on a hyped journey through textures of Palestinian street music, electronic and hip-hop to reach their very special sound of Shamstep.
The Sheiling World Stage will light up this May with the addictive underground world sounds of 47SOUL banging out, how will you make your way to the uplands to experience this magical one-off musical expedition?
Tickets are available: www.knockengorroch.org.uk/tickets