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Bengali / Cuban / Afro / Latin / Funk



“A sort of Afro-Cuban thing with Bangladeshi origins ”?Lopa Kothari, BBC Radio 3, World on 3

London based Lokkhi Terra have for the last three years been tearing up the music rule book, playing their unique blend of traditions “creating new soundscapes which give London its new accent and new groove.” They have been wowing audiences across the genres, from world music’s Womad festival, to regular sell-outs at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, to supporting the Afro Cuban All Stars at the Latin La Linea Festival, Barbican, to the closing ceremony of the South Asian Games - “suddenly everyone seems to be talking about this uncategorisable crew” Songlines Magazine

Lokkhi Terra create new soundscapes, giving traditional forms a new accent and a new groove; the band play a unique mix of Afro-Latin Funk with Bengali Folk. Their latest album 'CHE GUAVA'S RICKSHAW DIARIES' is out now and has been receiving high praise: "Gold medals all round.“ The Sunday Times / 4 Star - Top of the World / Covermount CD selection "This is beautiful, powerful, spectacular stuff." Songlines Magazine?

An uncanny mix that totally makes sense - whether it's Cuban rumba with Bengali folk, Afrobeat played on Asian and Latin instruments, or Brazillian Samba with Indian classical - the music of Lokkhi Terra epitomises musical fusion and reflects the diverse cultures of Great?Britain. Bengalis, English, Cubans, Brazilians and Nigerians all living in the same country, playing on the same stages, creating new soundscapes which bring new accents and new grooves to traditional forms of music.


"Fantastic" - BBC Asia Today

"Exciting, I love the way the whole thing just flows together, effortless" - Lopa Kothari, BBC Radio 3

"Stunning headliners" - Timeout London

WHO: Led by pianist Kishon Khan (Hugh Masekela, Giles Peterson's Havana Cultura, winner of SAIFF award New York for best original soundtrack 2009). Featuring the Godfather of British Asian percussion Pandit Dinesh. Bellowhead's Justin Thurgur on Trombone and Graeme Flowers (Kyle Eastwood, Elbow) on trumpet. Cuban maestro percussionist Oreste Noda (Ska Cubano, Jazz Jamaica) on congas, and fellow Cuban, bassist Jimmy Martinez (Asere, Mano de Dios) alongside UK's Phil Dawson (Hugh Masekela, Tony Allen, Mulatu Astatke) and Turkish drummer Tansay Omar (Bjork, Brand New Heavies). To add to this impressive list, Bengali singers Sohini Alam and Aanon Siddiqua sing alongside Cuban vocalist Javier Camilo.

: The band are equally at home in a bustling Latin club as in an Asian Mela. In February 2010 they performed at the closing ceremony of the South Asian Games broadcast live throughout Asia, and returned to Bangladesh earlier this year to perform in the countries first World Music festival. In the UK, they have been tearing up the festival circuit for two summers running, as well as appearances ranging from the Queen Elizabeth Hall to Passing Clouds in Hackney. Their music has been used in two international films – The Last Thakur (Artificial Eye/Channel 4), and “Everywhere and Nowhere” (Arena Productions). Radio play has also been international, championed by Radio 1’s Giles Peterson and Radio 3’s Lopa Kothari.

RELEASES: Debut album NO VISA REQUIRED was released last summer through Funkiwala Records – Album of the Month (Jungle Drums magazine, May 2010), Editor’s choice (www.ethnic.now.com) “Very impressive… infectious culture crossing sound…” – DJ Ritu, BBC Radio London, “stunning” (www.latino.co.uk) This autumn sees the release of their second album CHE GUAVA’S RICKSHAW DIARIES. The pre-launch show was sold out at London’s Ronnie Scott’s, and reviews of their spectacular performance at this year’s Womad in the UK are still coming in...

“(At Womad) there’s a chance to check out new world artists who, judging by how well they are received by the masses, could perhaps be bigger global stars than any before them… there were plenty here like Fatoumata Diawara, Danyel Waro… Lokkhi Terra, Aurelio Martinez…..” efestivals.co.uk

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